Sermons at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
Play God| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
"You’re going to play God now let’s talk about what it looks like to play God. It looks like you forgiving each other because you are forgiven. It looks like you being kind to one another because God is kind to you. It looks like you breaking down the walls in this community that tear us apart."
From THEM to US| The Rev. Mitchell Bojarski
From THEM to US
“God wants you to come join the ‘Us' – be part of the ‘Us'. And, those of us who are here with the ‘Us' need to welcome ‘Them'as part of ‘Us'. And doing that will leave us changed."
Claim Your Sainthood| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
Claim Your Sainthood
"If we are going to experience what it means to love and be loved in this world part of it needs to be to claim who we are – honestly. Even if it scares us and even if we’re insecure about it, we are saints. We have been chosen and set apart by God to move through this world in love, and to bring love where it’s needed, and to tear down walls, and to speak truth in love.”
Lean Into the Spirit| The Rev. Joyce Keeshin
Lean Into the Spirit
"We may catch glimpses of Paul’s prayer being answered in people around us. We may catch glimpses of it in our own lives in those moments when we can surrender our control and lean in and be awake and be open and just receive the spirit and share that spirit with others. Notice those moments. Savor those moments."
God's Last Name| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
God's Last Name
"We are a family and we are defined by the magnificent, enormous, extravagant, and absurdly beautiful, powerful love of God that is in Jesus Christ. That is who we are.”
Whoa with the We's and They's| The Rev. Mitchell Bojarski
Whoa with the We's and They's
"There’s a certain comfort in knowing who WE are and who THEY are. We know who to be angry at and who to disagree with when we know who THEY are. Whoever THEY is, our call in Christ is to reject that thinking. To reject any of the behaviors that come out of that thinking. To reject the hatred and the venom that we spew at each other over differences of opinion."
Now What?| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
"God’s work in Jesus tears down the walls that separate us… tears down hatred… tears down animosity, and builds up a body of people who are given to each other. But, if we’re going to live into that we have to recognize the gift of the people all around us and how they are gifts to us.”
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.’"