Sermons at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
That's the Holy Spirit| The Rev. Mitchell Bojarski
That's the Holy Spirit
Love wins over sin and death and even… this is what the Holy Spirit is. It’s that feeling in your heart when your heart breaks at the brokenness of the world – that’s the Holy Spirit. When you see people out there making a difference in this broken world and you’re inspired to go and help – that’s the Holy Spirit. And, when you do the best you can and you lay down at night assured that love will win over sin and death and evil – that’s the Holy Spirit.
John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
God With You, God Through You| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
God With You, God Through You
The people around us are not alone because God is with them when we love them. Today the Holy Spirit comes upon you, not just so you can know that you're loved – although you are, you are so loved – but the Holy Spirit comes upon you so that you may be the presence of God in the lives of the people around you.
Love Sabotage| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
To say that we don’t belong to the world does not mean that we don’t belong to each other, and it does not meant that we don’t belong to the love and the hearts of the people out there. It means that we are not going to be defined by the mistakes of our generation. We’re going to be defined by God’s love. It’s who we are.
Letting Go| The Rev. Nancy Hopkins-Greene
Practice Loving| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
"But real love is meant to be lived in this life in conflict and pain, in fear, in confusion and uncertainty. We are meant to live lives of love and that means we’ve got to practice it. That means we’ve got to wake up today and think on a basic, practical, daily level, 'what does it look like for me to love this person?’"
And, This is Unconditional| The Rev. Mitchell Bojarski
And, This is Unconditional
"If you want in this covenant, then you’ll obey his commandments, then you’ll love one another as Jesus loved us. Not because God’s covenant is conditional on that, but because that’s what our half of the covenant looks like. But we can know, at the end of the day, when… not if… when we fail… when we fail to love each other as God loves us God is faithful."
The Challenge of Love| The Rev. Joyce Keeshin
Jesus, Nancy, and the Transport Truck of Love| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
Jesus, Nancy, and the Transport Truck of Love
"When you love someone else and when you are being loved by someone else the invisible God is being made visible. When you love someone else and are being loved by someone else God is so clearly present. What’s happening when you love is you are training yourself to see God everywhere. This is the gift. This is the gift of the Gospel. This is the gift that Nancy gives this church. This is the gift that the people of this church give each other."
1 John 4:7-21
To Live in the Fold| The Rev. Nancy Hopkins-Greene
To Live in the Fold
"To live in the sheep fold of the good shepherd is to trust that God will give us everything that we need. The good news of Easter is that we are all invited to live in that sheep fold. We are all invited to live in radical dependence on God."
One Flock| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
"God our shepherd walks with us in our spaces of isolation and fear of loneliness and uncertainty, and then guides us back into relationship... into the place where we really don’t have to just say quietly to ourselves “I’m not alone, I’m not alone, I’m not alone. The Lord is my shepherd, the Lord is my shepherd,” because we are surrounded by people."