Sermons at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
Walking Together| The Rev. Joyce Keeshin
"We’re walking together in this leg of the journey. We’re walking together and bearing witness to christ walking with us. We’re walking together with our full heart and attention to walking in Christ’s love."
Show Me the Power!| The Rev. Mitchell Bojarski
Show Me the Power!
"A lot of us though, we come here looking for Jesus forgetting that we brought Jesus with us. And, we look for deeds of power and we forget about the ways we’ve been transformed. We forget about the ways our families and communities have been transformed by Jesus."
Bobcats, Tigers, and the Power of Jesus| The Rev. Mitchell Bojarski
Bobcats, Tigers, and the Power of Jesus
And so it will be forgiven of me and you if we don’t really get it. We’ll continue to go through this life and we’ll be afraid of all sorts of things – bobcats, and teenagers, and sickness, and death – and Jesus will say to us ‘Don’t fear, just believe.’"
Never Alone| The Rev. Joyce Keeshin
"Sometimes when people are in their most weakened state they are most in tuned with Jesus’s presence – they are most reliant on Jesus – not for the healing of their physical form, but of the longing to grow ever closer to Jesus. They absolutely believe in the promise of eternal life. It's that peace that passes all understanding. We don’t want to be in that position, and yet the people that I’ve witnessed in that position have been living testimonies to God’s presence.”
Making Sense of God's Power| The Rev. Mitchell Bojarski
Making Sense of God's Power
"Maybe if I read the bible and it says God did something, and I’m really uncomfortable with what God did, maybe the problem isn’t with what God did but with the things that I’m comfortable with. Maybe if I read something that God did, and it doesn’t make sense to me, maybe the problem isn’t with God not making sense, maybe the problem is with what I allow to be sensible."
The Birthplace of Love| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
The Birthplace of Love
"The birthplace of love is the recognition of Christ in another person. A recognition of God, the creator of all things and the maker of love itself, present in the people we see. And the next part of that is recognizing Christ alive and working in us. And, if Christ is in me, and Christ is in you, we’re going to have to find a way to care about each other. Even when we disagree."
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
One Gardener’s Goodbye - Nancy’s Farewell to Redeemer| The Rev. Nancy Hopkins-Greene
One Gardener’s Goodbye - Nancy’s Farewell to Redeemer
"And for Redeemer as a congregation – I can’t wait, I’ll be on the sidelines to watch and see what happens next – but same thing here. And, let’s not focus too much on being a tall, stately cedar. But instead, a boundary breaking invasive contagious weed like the mustard bush. Allow God to work in new ways. Sometimes setting aside the old way of doing things to make way for the new. I’m excited to hear about the next chapter in this congregation’s story, and i know that it will happen as you sow seeds, cultivate them, nurture them, water them, and watch while they grow."
Growing the Kingdom| The Rev. Mitchell Bojarski
Growing the Kingdom
"We need to be reminded to do our job – to plant seeds. And, to not be afraid that the seeds that we have to plant are too small. And then to trust God to do the growing. Trust God to grow that seed in peoples’ hearts. And be there when it’s time for the harvest."
An Unbound People| The Rev. Nancy Hopkins-Greene
An Unbound People
"What does it look like for us to be unbound? And not only to be unbound in our personal lives, more free to be who we are and what God calls us to be, but to move out to free others. To free others who are bound by poverty, by injustice. To be both unbound ourselves, and unbind the wounds of others in our world."
Brothers and Sisters in Christ| The Rev. Joyce Keeshin
Brothers and Sisters in Christ
[…] whatever brings us here, what we find in our common ground, our common life together, is Jesus. And, we find that message of love – our call to love God, our call to love each other, our call to love ourselves. That’s the abiding message here. That’s what ties us together. That’s what makes us brothers and sisters in Christ.