Sermons at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
Dig In| The Rev. Melanie Slane
"We all have them – hills and valleys that surround our hearts. They’re there, and they’re real, and they’re deep and wide and high. And, John the Baptist says to us today, 'level ‘em.' Level the hills and valleys and make a clear way so that God can enter in."
Expectations| The Rev. Joyce Keeshin
"I think there’s an inherent contradiction in the words 'prepare the way' because it's almost a call to action. And yet, so much of what we need to do to prepare the way is to let go. Let go of expectation, let go of fear, let go of those things that we put in place that get in the way of being open, open to Christ in our lives."
Liberation| The Rev. Mitchell Bojarski
"Rejoice because your redemption is at hand. When this kind of power comes into the world, we’re not going to be destroyed we’re going to be liberated. We’re going to be freed from all the sinfulness, death, and evil in the world. And, it may seem scary, but it is our liberation."
Apocalypse Now| The Rev. Melanie Slane
"The personal and communal apocalypses of our lives can be frightening – wildfires in California, earthquakes in Alaska, random hailstorms in Cincinnati, divorce, unemployment, violence against children… In the midst of all these horrors God asks us to stand tall and wait for Christ. Jesus makes our Gospel, not one of fear, but one of hope, and light, and life."
The First Step| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
The First Step
"Our repentance, our ability to acknowledge wrong doing, our need to examine ourselves – is not about becoming better people, and it's not about living into shame. It is the first step for those who know we are loved. It's the first step to living into the love we already know is there."
Apocalypse Revealed| The Rev. Joyce Keeshin
"In these times when things fall apart I think we’re also invited to be aware that these times are also invitations. That These times are also markers of something new that is arising – of something new that can come forth."
Life As We Know It| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
Life As We Know It
"Jesus insists that God is working in your life. Jesus insists that in the greatest joy and in the deepest sorrow God is birthing new truth. Jesus insists that even when you do not know what is next God is bringing real love into being. He insists on it... he lives for it... he dies for it."
Glimpses of Faithfulness| The Rev. Joyce Keeshin
Glimpses of Faithfulness
"These stories of the widows give us a glimpse of faithfulness. The people around us – how they live their lives – give us a glimpse of faithfulness too. Let us ask ourselves, how are we invited to obedience, to faithfulness? And, let us enjoy, let us celebrate, the gift of that faithfulness now."
1 Kings 17:8-16
Living Into Forgiveness| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
Living Into Forgiveness
"Forgiveness is not something you do, forgiveness is something into which you live. And, we spend the rest of our lives as Christians learning this kind of forgiveness – learning how to forgive ourselves, learning how to forgive others, learning how to draw ourselves closer to God in Jesus. That is the act, the work, the life of forgiveness.”