Sermons

“Promises, Promises” – Sermon for November 13, 2016

“Promises, Promises” A Sermon on Luke 21:5-19 for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C; preached November 13, 2016, by the Rev. Matthew Emery, Senior Minister   Psalm 124, verse 8, reads: “Our help is in the name of the Lord, maker of heaven and earth.”  In the Reformed family of Protestant Christianity—a family that…

“Thus Saith the Lord: You Are Called”

“Thus Saith the Lord:  You Are Called” A Sermon on Jeremiah 1:4-10 for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C; preached August 21, 2016, by the Rev. Matthew Emery, Senior Minister   “You should only become a minister if you can’t do anything else.”  Something to that effect was one of the bits of…

“Who is worthy?” – Sermon for May 29, 2016

“Who is worthy?” A Sermon on Luke 7:1-10 for the 9th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C; preached May 29, 2016, by the Rev. Matthew Emery, Senior Minister   I wonder… what do you-all make of this centurion and this story about him?  What is your judgment about him?  What are your questions—questions of him…

“Boasting in Hope” – Sermon for May 22, 2016

“Boasting in Hope” A Sermon on John 16:12-15 (with Romans 5:1-5) for Holy Trinity Sunday, Year C; preached May 22, 2016, by the Rev. Matthew Emery, Senior Minister   Now, myself, as someone who grew up an intellectually and academically precocious child, I never much appreciated such age-based condescensions as “you’ll understand when you get…

“Home Among Mortals” – Sermon for April 24, 2016

“Home Among Mortals” A Sermon on Revelation 21:1-6 for the 5th Sunday of Easter, Year C; preached April 24, 2016, by the Rev. Matthew Emery, Senior Minister   “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”  So goes the old saying.  It’s from the Bible itself, in fact, at least it is in the old…