Sermons

“Not Ashamed” – Sermon for March 1, 2015

“Not Ashamed” A Sermon on Mark 8:31-38 for the 2nd Sunday in Lent, Year B;  preached March 1, 2015, by the Rev. Matthew Emery, Senior Minister   “He said all this quite openly.” He said all this quite openly. In the version of Jesus’ story that the gospel of Mark tells, Jesus is often a…

“Have You Not Heard?” – Sermon for February 8, 2015

“Have You Not Heard?” A Sermon on Mark 1:29-39 and Isaiah 40:21-31 for the 5th Sun. in Ord. Time, Year B; preached February 8, 2015, by the Rev. Matthew Emery, Senior Minister   Our weather patterns these past few weeks, I imagine you’ll agree, have wreaked havoc with all sorts of life realities. A couple…

“By What Authority?” – Sermon for February 1, 2015

“By What Authority?”  A Sermon on Mark 1:21-28 (with Deut. 18:15-20) for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B; preached February 1, 2015, by the Rev. Matthew Emery, Senior Minister   Just as you’re getting to the good part, it seems, something or someone always has to interrupt, right? We’ve been getting to know…

“Divinum Mysterium” – Sermon for January 4, 2015

“Divinum Mysterium” A Sermon on John 1:1-18 (with Ephesians 1:3-14) for the 2nd Sunday of Christmas; preached January 4, 2015, by the Rev. Matthew Emery, Senior Minister   Eleven years ago this weekend, I discovered first hand that one does not have to be good at Latin dance to be truly accepted among a Puerto…

“Unprepared” – Sermon for Christmas Eve 2014

“Unprepared” A Sermon on Luke 2:1-20 (with Titus 2:11-14) for the Birth of Our Lord: Christmas Eve, preached at the Christmas Eve Festival Service (9 pm) on December 24, 2014, by the Rev. Matthew Emery, Senior Minister ‘Twas the night before Christmas,—the ol’ poem goes—when all thro’ the house not a creature was stirring, not…

“How Can This Be?” – Sermon for December 21, 2014

“How Can This Be?” A Sermon on Luke 1:26-38 for the 4th Sunday of Advent, Year B; preached December 21, 2014, by the Rev. Matthew Emery, Senior Minister “How can this be?” How can this be? Those are the first words Mary speaks to that ol’ angel Gabriel. The first words in response to the…

“Garments of Salvation” – Sermon for December 14, 2014

“Garments of Salvation” A Sermon on Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 for the 3rd Sunday of Advent, Year B; preached December 14, 2014, by the Rev. Matthew Emery, Senior Minister “The night is darkest before the morn,” an old hymn testifies; so too that “when the pain is sorest the child is born.”[1] Every year around mid-November,…