Sermons at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
Full of Grace| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
Full of Grace
"You are given so much power in this world – power to speak blessing into being, power to recognize God’s presence, and a power to love others in a way that will make them sing… that will make them prophets. God is working miracles of love in this world and God is giving you voices to speak about those miracles, and eyes to see the miracles happening in each person’s life. Mary is not the only one full of grace. The grace with which Mary is filled fills all of us this season, in this time. We are filled with the love of God."
Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)
Blessed Are Those Who Believe| The Rev. Mitchell Bojarski
Blessed Are Those Who Believe
"It’s really easy to get wrapped up in the season, and to sing the carols, to decorate and to shop, and to know that we’re getting ready to celebrate the birth of God. But, it’s harder to really believe that God became a human being."
Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)
The Baptist's Good News| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
The Baptist's Good News
"It’s going to require something of you if you’re really interested in justice... if you’re really interested in peace. If you really want to know love, you’re going to have to give love in a way you never have. If you’re going to want to know blessing you’re going to have to bless this world in a way that it has never been blessed before. If you’re going to want to understand forgiveness you are going to have to forgive people."
Made to Care| Guest Speaker
Made to Care
"For he has made us to take care of the pandas, and the snakes, and the oceans, and the seas, and all of the animals. […] And that’s not just how far it goes, it doesn’t just go to all of these crazy cool animals. It goes to humans. Humans are destroying humans.”
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."