Getting Unattached To Burdens

Father Jeff checks in on the congregation’s experience with last week’s mirror challenge then goes on to reveals that today’s scriptures are written by people living in exile to people in exile, refugees, people, like us, carrying heavy burdens that we procrastinate in releasing. And when we can offer those burdens up to God…well, listen for yourself.

The gospel reading from Matthew 11:25-30 is available to read (click for Matthew text) or listen to the Gospel read aloud in the recording below. Father Jeff also refers to the Genesis 22:1-14 reading (click here to read) Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.

Relationship Not Reward

Father Jeff reveals that our scripture is not about reward and punishment but not losing relationship. He assigns homework with a mirror that weirded him out. Listen for instructions.

The gospel reading from Matthew 10:37-42 is available to read (click for Matthew text) or listen to the Gospel read aloud in the recording below. Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.

Non-resistance To Violence & Non-Violent Resistance

 

Father Jeff begins to explore with us how to understand the cross according to Matthew taking up this invitation and challenge of living a life of non-resistance to violence & non-violent resistance.

The reading from Genesis, Genesis 21:8-21 and the gospel reading from Matthew 10:24-39 are available to read (click for Genesis text, click for Matthew text) or listen to the Gospel read in the recording below. Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.

A World Where Everyone Belongs

Father Jeff tells us that the Realm of God, the Kingdom of Heaven is coming near, not after death but here and now. How we remain in relationship by restoring people to the community even those who have died! A introduction to the world view and message of Gospel of Matthew.

The gospel reading from Matthew 9:35-10:8 and the Genesis 18:1-15 are available to read (click for Genesis text, click for Matthew text) or listen to the Gospel read aloud in the recording below. Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.

Grace, Love, and Communion

By Andrei Rublev – From here., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=54421

Canon Theologian Chuck McCray brings a tableau, a parable told by Augustine, Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Summer of Love, and dummy math together in experiencing the mystery of the Trinity.

When Our Lord taught us Father, Son, Holy Spirit he wasn’t teaching arithmetic but the church has always been trying to do the math ever since

– Saint Basil

The gospel reading from Matthew 10:37-42 is available to read (click for Matthew text) or listen to the Gospel read aloud in the recording below. Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Rev. Kim Morgan talks about gifts God gives us to respond to a world in need. The unsettling Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber who wrote Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People about how God works through sinners, through us sinners for others and upon us by other sinners. What the glory of God be revealed in the midst of our crap.

The gospel reading from John 20:19-31 is available to read (click for John text) or listen to the Gospel read aloud in the recording below. Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.

Easing Suffering

What is the relationship between compassion and chocolate? You will love to find out in this message!

In the message, Father Jeff talks about The Book of Joy (listen past the end for a special bonus reference!)

Before the recorded sermon, Father Jeff referenced a book of humor by David Lee who performed Comma Coffee Saturday, May 27, 2016. The book is  Last Call and available on Amazon and other booksellers.

The gospel John 17:1-11 is available to read (click for sermon text) or listen to it read by The Rev. Deacon Betty Bianchi in the recording below. Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.

Invitation to the Elliptical Connection: Father, Son, Spirit, Us, Creation

“Be in Relationship with” is a good understanding of what the word “belief” means. Jesus invites us into a relationship of God, Christ, Spirit, you, me, and all creation. Father Jeff Paul explores what this kind of loving connection looks like as described and enacted by Jesus in his farewell discourse.

The gospel John 14:15-21 is available to read (click for sermon text) or listen to it read by The Rev. Deacon Betty Bianchi in the recording below. Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.

Transforming Fruit Salad

The Rev. Kimberly Morgan, Associate Priest at St. Peter’s, separates the fruit salad we habitually make of the gospel accounts to explore the fruit of the spirit. How we can live into the spiritual transformation brought to us by Christ, the paradox of seeking God who is already at the center of our being.

The gospel John 14:1-14 is available to read (click for sermon text) or listen to it read by The Rev. Deacon Betty Bianchi in the recording below. Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.

What’s On Your Playlist?

The Rev. Kimberly Morgan, Associate Priest at St. Peter’s, invites us to update our phone’s playlist or even our mental jukebox to include Psalms of comfort and strength for the journey. She explores how the people of Jesus’ time and before trusted the Psalms to lift their spirits and calm their hearts in times of trial and uncertainty. Come for the Karaoke, stay for the inspiration.

Trust is not relevant or applicable until there is a reason to despair.
– Rev. Kimberly Morgan

Psalm 23 is available to read by clicking here. The gospel, John 10:1-10, is available to read (click for sermon text) or listen to the gospel read by The Rev. Deacon Betty Bianchi in the recording below. Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.