Sermons

“In the Midst of Mystery” – Hymnfest for May 31, 2015

“In the Midst of Mystery” A Hymnfest for Trinity Sunday, Year B, May 31, 2015; compiled with reflections by the Rev. Matthew Emery, Senior Minister   Good morning, friends! As you can see from your worship bulletins, today we’re taking a pause from our usual order of service to celebrate a “hymnfest” in honor of…

“Pour It On” – Sermon for May 24, 2015

“Pour It On” A Sermon on Ezekiel 37:1-14 (with ref. to Acts 2:1-21) for the Day of Pentecost, Year B; preached May 24, 2015, by the Rev. Matthew Emery, Senior Minister   Earlier in the week, I visited at home one of the members of our congregation who fought on the battlefields of Europe in…

“What is Love?” – Sermon for May 10, 2015

“What is Love?” A Sermon on John 15:9-17 for the 6th Sunday of Easter, Year B; preached May 10, 2015, by the Rev. Matthew Emery, Senior Minister   “I love my love because I know my love loves me!” A few of you know I joined a choral ensemble over in Hartford back in December,…

“See What Love” – Sermon for April 19, 2015

“See What Love” A Sermon on Luke 24:36b-48 for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, Year B; preached April 19, 2015, by the Rev. Matthew Emery, Senior Minister   My partner Adam—who, as many of you know, is himself a clergyperson—tells a wonderful story from while he was in seminary and interning at an Episcopal church…

“Unexpected Endings” – Sermon for April 5, 2015

“Unexpected Endings” A Sermon on Mark 16:1-8 for Easter Day, Year B; preached April 5, 2015, by the Rev. Matthew Emery, Senior Minister   When is the last time you read a book, or watched a movie, or somehow heard a story where you were really, truly surprised how it ended? I don’t mean the…

“Uncompromising” – Sermon for Good Friday, April 2, 2015

“Uncompromising” A Sermon on John 18:1 – 19:42 for Good Friday; preached April 2, 2015, by the Rev. Matthew Emery, Senior Minister   The chief priests answered, “We have no king but the emperor.” We have no king but the emperor. § The story we have just heard—the sacred story of Jesus’ passion, crucifixion, and…

“Believing” – Sermon for March 15, 2015

“Believing” A Sermon on John 3:14-21 for the 4th Sunday in Lent, Year B; preached March 15, 2015, by the Rev. Matthew Emery, Senior Minister   “For God so loved the world.” The words of this verse—John 3:16—are so well known, not just to us here in the church, but at least to a degree…

“Zealous” – Sermon for March 8, 2015

“Zealous” A Sermon on John 2:13-22 for the 3rd Sunday in Lent, Year B; preached March 8, 2015, by the Rev. Matthew Emery, Senior Minister   “It was written, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’” The famous American architect of the last century, Frank Lloyd Wright, was well known for his zeal about houses…