All Recordings from The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
Who Does She Belong To?| The Rev. Melanie W. J. Slane
Who Does She Belong To?
"Jesus comes today to remind us that the Holy Spirit is still speaking to us, guiding our feet into the way of peace and inclusion, reminding us that other people do not belong to us. That the systems of oppression in which we participate are not of heaven. And that we won’t get anywhere if we hope to lord over others, rather than serve along side our siblings in Christ."
How to Co-Exist| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
How to Co-Exist
"I don’t mean to minimize our differences and our struggles and our striving. I don’t mean to say, 'Listen, if you just believe in eternal life then everything will be a cakewalk.' That’s not true and we know it. We’re not talking about belief in eternal life as a way of escaping what’s happening right in front of us. I’m wondering if we can believe in eternal life, not just in our heads, but in our hearts, in such a way that it helps us to reengage in the world in which we live now. How will you engage in this world if you see the people around you as unendingly loved?"
An Exemplar of the Revolution| Guest Speaker
An Exemplar of the Revolution
"And what should we, saints and members of the household of faith, say about this exemplar, this visionary in exile, the prophet Daniel? I believe that he shows us, in a wonderfully rich way, how we should live in the world during our earthly pilgrimage. We are to remember that we, too, live in Babylon. We are exiles from our homeland, the city of God and the land of the blessed." ~ The Rev. Katherine Sonderegger
Inspired| Redeemer Podcast Team
Here at Church of the Redeemer we have been sharing our stories of inspiration. So to learn our story, Redeemer's story and live into Beloved Community. The relationships built here inspire us to live differently in the world. The life we share here inspires us to take Jesus’ love to everyone we meet. Here are a few stories from those in our community.
This is God's House| The Rev. Joyce Keeshin
This is God's House
"Walking in Christ’s love is knowing. It’s knowing that this is God’s house. It belongs to all of us as caretakers. Whether we are talking about this church building, or the community, or the city, or the country, or the world. This is God’s house and it’s our call to care for it. How might we all tend it to be a place of love, welcome, and respect for all."
Humble Life-Balanced Life| The Rev. Melanie W. J. Slane
Humble Life-Balanced Life
"Finding balance a lot of times is about grounding yourself, being sure of your footing and keeping your focus on something. The thing that I ask you to ground yourself in today is the knowledge of your true belovedness, your creativeness, the love that God has for you. And the thing that I ask you to focus on today is God."
We're Here to Wrestle| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
We're Here to Wrestle
"Your struggle, your wrestling, it’s not going away. And I’m sorry about that. I wish it was, genuinely. That is not the story we have. The story we have is of a faith where instead of God erasing our struggle, God blesses us in our struggle. Our church has begun this Becoming Beloved Community work, which is a long-term commitment to racial justice, healing and reconciliation. What is that but a wrestling? That’s not separate from who we are, that struggle is a part of who we are. Identifying it and acknowledging it is a blessing. We are a church who insists on the blessing."
Holy People, Holy Things| The Rev. Mitchell Bojarski
Holy People, Holy Things
"When we come to church and we listen for what we expect to hear we miss some of the most important stuff. We miss this kind of stuff because we come to church and we hear what we think we are supposed to hear: some nice pious stories about holy people doing holy things. We miss that wrestling with God is a holy thing that holy people do."
This Love Reality| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
This Love Reality
"We want God to come back and give new life to something that hasn’t fully died, so we can continue to say that we believe in love and justice. But at the same time, worship worthiness, our own and others, and make our whole God about us being useful, us being enough, us being worthy. Jesus is trying to put that to death completely. This love reality is not about your worthiness. It’s not about your usefulness. Those are our concepts. We attach worthiness and usefulness to love, not God."
Increase our Faith| The Rev. Melanie W. J. Slane
Increase our Faith
"What the heck, Jesus? Miracles performed by mere humans? From a mustard seed? Masters and slaves? The propagation of destructive self-hate that we have become so accustomed to? The Gospel lesson for today is a suitcase over the weight limit in a heap of baggage that we carry as individuals and as the church."
Eternity Now| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
"This is not how we’re meant to live. We are not meant to live waiting for some other time, later on down the line, when we can finally start to recognize the humanity of others. When we can finally start to love right. When we can finally start to be loved. Eternity is now."
Facebook, Money, and Hell| The Rev. Melanie W. J. Slane
Facebook, Money, and Hell
"Today we are talking about Facebook and hell and money. But aren’t we really talking about the Gospel? What is the truth that can be gleaned from all of this? We have a role and we have a chance to lessen the gap between us, make Jesus known in all the world and to witness in truth and love the Gospel of Jesus Christ."
A Scoundrel Saves the Day| The Rev. Gary Lubin
A Scoundrel Saves the Day
"In response to losing life as he knows it, the steward is reborn becoming an agent of reconciliation, renewal, and new life. His actions bring about successful closure, for the books of course, but also healing relationships. The master is really pleased to be looking so good and those debtors have got to be happy for they have been forgiven much. Here is a salvific irony: a scoundrel saves the day. Debits transform into credits."
Accountability and Grace| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
Accountability and Grace
"Jesus’s ridiculous parable today is, as usual with Jesus, about accountability and grace. This guy is being held accountable and he’s finding some grace. And the disciples, we, are being held accountable for our own self-righteous behavior and for our own ability to not only want people to do the right thing, but to do it for exactly the right reasons and those reasons are the reasons I choose. We do this. And then we are being shown grace, because there is a powerful grace in Jesus telling us to lighten up."
Lost & Found| The Rev. Melanie W. J. Slane
Lost & Found
"The fear that was in their hearts, it just melted away and nothing but joy remained as I received a lecture about not running off, ever, ever, ever again. […] I didn’t really understand a word that they said. I didn’t even believe that I’d really been lost. But I certainly did feel the joy of being found. I must have known before that day I was truly loved and valued. But being found, after being lost, that’s a feeling you don’t forget."
It's Not About Me. Or Is It?| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
It's Not About Me. Or Is It?
"The story that we hear today is not about you. Think about the story that Jesus tells. When he starts the story, ‘which one of you having a hundred sheep and having lost one of them,’ who is Jesus getting you to connect to? One of the lost sheep? One of the 99? No. He’s putting you in God’s shoes. This is a parable that absolutely acknowledges how lost we can be. And absolutely pushes us to recognize how self-righteous we can be. But in the end this parable is not about us, this parable is about God."
If You Care| The Rev. Mitchell Bojarski
If You Care
"As we talk about Becoming Beloved Community, it becomes incumbent upon us to be like Onesimus. To go into the world and say, ‘I know that I’ve wronged you, I know that I’ve benefited from injustice. How can we be in relationship again? How can we find a way to be brothers and sisters again?’"
The Only Way Forward| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
The Only Way Forward
"The insistence of the Gospel is that our shared history has made us one. Now the only way forward is sharing life together. James Baldwin says that for the American, the world is white no longer and it will never be white again. And he doesn’t mean, I say to a room of mostly white people – including myself, he doesn’t mean anything threatening to us and our whiteness. He means that the cost has been counted like Jesus says. That the cost has been counted. That we belong to one another."