Sermons

Sermon for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Solemn Mass By the Reverend Dr. Peter R. Powell

In reading the text for the Gospel, I’m arrested by the translation of the line in the last paragraph that runs “I watched Satan fall from heaven.” Every English version says, “I watched Satan” with the object of the pronoun being Jesus.

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Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost by the Reverend Dr. Peter R. Powell

It happened that as Jesus was praying alone the disciples were with him; and he asked them, “Who do the people say that I am?” And they answered, “John the Baptist; but others say, Elijah; and others, that one of the old prophets has risen.” And he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” But he charged and commanded them to tell this to no one, saying, “

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Sermon for the Seventh Sunday of Easter - By the Reverend Dr. Peter R. Powell

It is nice to be back at Saint Mary’s this morning. Since Easter I’ve been plowing in other fields. For much of April I reprised a small portion of my course on John at the church in Westport and then last week I was the supply priest at a struggling parish in Fairfield, Connecticut. This is a parish still suffering from the ramifications of ordaining Gene Robinson as bishop. After that event they split with the largest pledgers and most regular parishioners leaving to form a breakaway church. The surviving church has struggled since then to find a reason to exist. They have progressed on many issues, their interim rector for instance is a married gay priest. But they have not figured out what their mission is now that they are no longer the Evangelical Conservative Episcopal Church in Fairfield.

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Sermon for the Annunciation of Our Lord Jesus Christ - By the Right Reverend Mark S. Sisk, XV Bishop of New York

I hesitate to take issue with a prayer of the Church, much less quibble with the title of a feast as ancient and venerable as is the Feast of the Annunciation, but I fear I must at least raise a question.

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Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent - By the Reverend James Ross Smith

I like a happy ending. I always have. When reading books as a child, I didn’t like it when a favorite character died. I remember distinctly the first time that happened to me. I didn’t like it at all. I was surprised, outraged even. I wanted to change things around. I argued in my head with the long-dead author. I resisted tragedy.

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Sermon for the Second Sunday in Lent - By the Reverend James Ross Smith

Jesus’ first words in the gospel of mark, the oldest of the four gospels, are these: “the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of god has come near; repent, and believe in the good news” [1:14]. These are prominent words, and, therefore, seem important. They sound like an announcement. And, in a way, they are. 

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Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany - By the Reverend Dr. Peter C. Powell

We continue in the Gospel this morning the reading from last week. Jesus is in the synagogue in Nazareth, his home town, and last week he read from Isaiah 61, then this morning he tells them what the reading means.

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