Sermons in the Time after Pentecost 2018

The season of the church year known as "the Time after Pentecost" is the longest of the seasons of the church year. Often called "Ordinary Time," this is a season that encompasses the weeks of summer and most of autumn. Green is the color of this season symbolizing it as a time of light and growth, not only in the natural world that God created but also in our lives of faith. This is a season for maturing in discipleship as we follow in the footsteps of Jesus through the Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of John.

Sermons for the Time after Pentecost 2018

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  • Pentecost II, June 3:   Stretch Out Your Hand and Your Heart

    Jesus asks us: Is it lawful to do good or to do harm . . . to save life or to kill? 

  • Pentecost III, June 10:   Binding What is Torn Asunder

    Our sin is always that we are forever tearing asunder what God has ordained should be together. There is nothing about your life or mine that is torn that cannot be bound together by the love of God in Christ.

  • Pentecost IV, June 17:   The kingdom of Heaven is . . . a weed?

    An old adage says that weeds are just plants growing where there not wanted. Apparently the mustard plant in Jesus' time was considered a dangerous and invasive weed. So . . . is the kingdom of heaven a weed something that wants to invade and grow where it is not wanted?  Can we say the same about Jesus' "weedy" words?

  • Pentecost V, June 24:   Listening to the Questions

    Don't start looking in the Bible for the answers it gives. 

    Start by listening to the questions its asks. --Frederick Buechner

    Listen for the question that is your question.  

  • Pentecost VII, July 8:   The Unfamiliar and Familiaritiy

    What is it about familiarity that breeds contempt? Because they thought they knew him, the people of Jesus' hometown "take offense at him." It could be that we who think we know Jesus so well may not take offense at him so much as take him for granted. Have we missed opportunities and lost blessings because of our limited faith, our unbelief in the great things God can do—in, with and through you and me?

  • Pentecost IX, July 22:  Err on the Side of Compassion

    While balance between rest and action remains the ideal,it won't always be available in the short-term. Sometimes, we will have to "err."  We will have to bend out of balance. If that happens, what should we do?  In what direction should we bend?

    How will we respond? 

  • Pentecost X, July 29:  Present in the Smallest Acts  . . .

    In our “Philip” moments when faced with overwhelming need we may be tempted to look at our small resources and ask, “What are they among so many?”

    Yet if we place these great needs before the Lord in prayer, Christ will walk over the depth of our fears and we may hear him say the words “What do you have?”

  • Pentecost XI, August 5:  Are you Hangry or Hungry?

    We live as hungry people in a hungry world. Or perhaps I should say we live as a hangry people in a hangry world. The problem is not that we are hungry.It seems the problem is the kind of bread we eat. The bread we generally eat leaves us hangry.

  • Pentecost XIV, August 26:  Do you Also Wish to Go Away?

    What does it mean to choose God? The passages from Joshua and the Gospel of John confront us with the importance of the choices that the chosen make. God has chosen us, but we in turn are invited to choose God . . . this day, and this day, and all the days of our lives.

  • Pentecost xv, September 1:  Heart Check, Mouth Check

    What goes is it if you eat with clean hands and your heart is dirty? Better to eat with dirty hands and a clean heart.

  • Pentecost XvII, September 16:  Your Choices

    In teaching his followers about discipleship, Jesus sets a choice before us. We either choose ourselves and deny Jesus, or deny ourselves and choose Jesus. Jesus rarely exercised power over others (certainly never self-serving power), he simply made different choices. With each choice, Jesus denied himself and through his choices revealed God to be present.  What will we choose?

  • pentecost xviii, september 23:  Ask Questions that Matter

    What if we were start a conversation that matters? What if we asked questions about things that matter? What might we see or hear if we did?

  • Pentecost XIX, September 30:  Youth Gathering 2018 Presentation

    Members of the Holy Trinity Youth Gathering 2018 team share the joys of community, worship, and service in Houston, Texas. Click on "This Changes Everything" to view a powerpoint presentation of highlights from our trip.

  • Pentecost xx, October 7:  Life Together--the Most Difficult Thing

    From the beginning, God says that it is not good for humans to be alone. And yet it is one of the most difficult things we undertake--to live together, married or in community, as a nation or just at work. We are created for each other and God's desire is to bless us and for us to live in justice, peace, and love.

  • pentecost xxii, october 21:  Who Will We serve?

    Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.  If as Jesus says being great means being a servant, then who will you and I serve?

  • All Saints Sunday, November 4:  THE GOOD VOICE LOUDER THAN THE BAD VOICE

    Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" The deadman came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go." Today and every day, this is our mandate and our marching orders. The good loud voice of Christ unbinds us to live resurrection now and to be nothing less than holy, brave and free.

  • Pentecost XXV, November 11:  All In when less is more

    In the story of the poor widow who gives all she had to live on, Jesus calls attention not to her ordinary plight, but to her extraordinary action. The widow who "gives all" stands in contrast to those who "take all." In this way, the widow is like Jesus--the one who also gives all that is and has. Can we, too, go all in and let less be more?

  • Pentecost XXVI, November 18:  Not One Stone Upon Another

    We all build temples--personas, relationships, beliefs, institutions, roles, reputations, dreams and often illusions. When Jesus and the disciples see the Temple in Jerusalem, they are not seeing the same things. Jesus knows the truth is that all that is created by humans is finite, temporal. All temples fall. But when "end times" come, new beginnings and new creation begins.

  • Thanksgiving Eve, November 21:  A place at the table for everyone

    Gratitude is good for you. It not only makes you feel better, studies have shown gratitude has far ranging benefits to your physical health. But as Christians there is a much deeper reason that we give thanks. This is our Eucharistic gratitude -- the joy and thanksgiving for God's steadfast and self-giving love and mercy we receive at the Lord's Table. This Eucharistic joy and thanksgiving is meant to spill out into our way of living so that everyone will know that a place is set at the table for them.

  • Christ the King, November 25: If Jesus is King or Not?

    This week we pause to reflect on the meaning of Christ's reign over the church, over the world, and over our lives. What kind of king is Jesus? What does his rule look and feel like? What does it mean to live and thrive under his kingship? If Jesus is king, then who or what is not?