Sermons at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
The One Thing I Learned in College| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
The One Thing I Learned in College
"To me [love] sounds so big that I’m going to spend the rest of my life trying to grasp it, trying to hold onto it, trying to get closer to that being my understanding of the world. I don’t ever want to grow out of that. I want to grow in to that reality. I want this to be the center piece of our lives because its not just something we can move pass or go beyond."
Conversion of Life| The Rev. Mitchell Bojarski
Conversion of Life
"You need to be willing to convert your life every day. To listen for a God who is calling you out of the old patterns that you think you know, to listen to a God who is going to teach you something new even if you have been doing this for decades and decades.”
On a Mission from God| The Rev. Melanie Slane
On a Mission from God
"Our mission as Christians has always been, and will always be, to know Christ and to make Christ known. And, in this community we are gathering together to say, 'no one is dispensable, everyone matters, and if one suffers we all suffer, and if one rejoices we all rejoice.' Our mission and our vision for this community is that we are a symbol of God’s love in this town, in this city, and in this nation."
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
Who Should We Get Rid Of?| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
Who Should We Get Rid Of?
“God is not interested in us becoming good, better, or best, God is interested in us becoming whole. God is not interested in us figuring out who to get rid of so that we can be the right kind of people. God is interested in us recognizing our fundamental interconnectedness, that we belong utterly and completely to one another. That we are one.”
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
60-78% Transformed| The Rev. Melanie Slane
"Just like a fine wine, the complexity and balance and unique gifts that we each have to share often get better with time. Participating in the miracle of transformation is a process… a process in these steps, a process of fermentation that requires an interruption of our current composition, a new ordering of the elements, an embrace of effervescence, and the giving and sharing of warmth."
The Ordinary Way of God| The Rev. Mitchell Bojarski
The Ordinary Way of God
“The temptation for a lot of us is to look for God in the world and expect choirs of angels, and shepherds, and rulers from far off lands to come and point to God. And, what often happens is God is there in the crowd, and there’s no fanfare, and there’s no heavenly host. It’s just God in the crowd, doing ordinary things."
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Recognizing God| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
“When we love and show mercy and forgiveness, when we look at each other and care for one another, when we care for this world and go out of our comfort zone and risk something of ourselves to make this world more like his kingdom come and his will be done – when we do that, we’re not just doing it so that we can get the right number of marks or so that God will pay attention to us. We are participating with God in the work that God is already doing.”
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
A Political Epiphany| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
A Political Epiphany
"There are political implications to the words that we read, the things that we say we believe, the prayers that we pray, the songs that we sing, and the stories that we hear. They all point to a reality that is here and now, and present in this world. And, if Jesus is Lord, he is not Lord of just a couple things or a few parts of us. Jesus is Lord of all."
Grace Upon Grace| The Rev. Joyce Keeshin
Grace Upon Grace
"Grace permeates our scripture. Grace can seem so huge, so dramatic, and yet we can see it in simpler ways in our daily lives: the grace of a parent or teacher dealing with patience and love in a trying situation, the grace of a warm greeting to a friend or to a stranger, choosing forgiveness as a response when anger and vengeance might be more expected, having the courage to walk as Jesus did among those less accepted, among those in greater need, to touch the untouchable with Jesus’s compassion."
Nights Like This| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
Nights Like This
"We are hoping to have a Christmas where the roast turns out okay, and that people probably don’t kill each other at the dinner table. Jesus is working on a Christmas where our hearts are transformed for love and we are drawn into deeper relationship with the people around us – where we are drawn into a reality where we recognize how beautiful this world is and where we recognize how beautiful we are.