Sermons from May 2017

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May 28, 2017 Sermon ~ 7th Sunday of Easter

As St. John’s enters into a time of discernment and transition, I would invite you to venture from community
into intimacy by sharing with each other your stories of how you have encountered God in your lives at St.
John’s, whether in prayer and contemplation during worship, in shared ministry, in the work of stewardship, in
times of conflict, forgiveness, and reconciliation, in learning or in fellowship at parish events. These stories are
deeply personal gifts which we can give to each other. They are how we care for each other and witness to the
living presence of Jesus through the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the
earth….moving beyond the walls of our church.

May 21, 2017 Sermon ~ Sixth Sunday of Easter

There seems to me to be a gospel relationship between love and stewardship. What I think Jesus was saying to his followers was to appreciate all of creation enough to be good stewards. We are to treat each other with respect and dignity as a way of honoring God. We are to commit ourselves to all that love demands realizing what a true blessing it is to be generous. If we can commit to living in this way we will realize we are truly blessed.

May 7, 2017 Sermon ~ Easter 4

God is God and our lives are our lives, we can give thanks for the gift of life or we can worry life away. Our invitation this morning is to embrace all that we have ever been and done by bringing it to place on the altar recognizing our lives as sacrament – outward and visible signs of God’s indwelling spiritual grace.

April 30, 2017 Sermon ~ Easter 3

And perhaps in fact, this is the way God in the risen Christ so often enters our lives. Not in the miraculous doing or dramatically changing things, but in the ordinary taking, blessing, breaking and giving. Perhaps it’s in the hug of a friend we haven’t seen in a while, or maybe it’s in breaking a trail through the woods, or in the giving to the food pantry, or simply in blessing an evening meal – in all these and many others ways as well – we then come to more fully recognize God’s presence in our life.