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.

Jesus Meets You In Desolation

Goodyear Heights Presbyterian Church, Akron, Ohio window; Christy Ramsey, photographer

Father Jeff deftly incorporates questions from a congregation member about fear that are inaudible on the recording in a message about being invited out of our desolation into awareness, acceptance, and then action, joining Christ in taking, blessing, breaking and giving.

The gospel Luke 24:13-35 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.

You Are Christ

Canon Theologian Chuck McCray explores the symbols and signs of Christianity.

The gospel John 20:19-31 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.

Easter at St. Peter’s

Sadly, technical difficulties prevent the recording of the Easter message. In summary: “Christ has Risen! Alleluia!”

 

The Upside Down Kingdom

The radically inclusive Upside Down Kingdom of God where the inclusive love of God is labeled as terrorism by Imperial Rome is explored by Father Jeff in our Palm Sunday message based on Matthew 21:1-11 Included in the message is parts of Wislawa Szymborska’s Poem, “Hatred”. Click here for the poem’s text. Also included is this quote from an ancient Tibetan master :

The true measure of spiritual development is how one confronts one’s own mortality. The best way is when one is able to approach death with joy; the next best way is without fear; the third best way is at least not to have regrets.

– The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

The gospel  Matthew 21:1-11 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.

You Are Surrounded—Come Out!

Dr. Deb Cash, speaks about our ministry supporting caregivers in a message by Father Jeff that calls all folk into the realm of God where exiles are welcomed and the outcasts belong.

The gospel John 11:1-45 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.

The Antidote to Sin

We had a presentation about the Western Missionary Museum in the restored Church of St. Paul the Prospector in Virginia City by Kate High, Project C0-Manager. Email her at kate.high1@gmail.com for more information or click for a copy of the flyer

The gospel John 9:1-41 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: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.

The Jewish Boy with No Bucket

Using the meeting at a the well between a “Jewish Boy with No Bucket” and a “Samaritan Lady with No Husband”. Father Jeffery Paul talks about imagining a world where we are connected and not separated. He quotes the way to Joy from the book. The Book of Joy:

“What the Dalai Lama and I are offering,” the Archbishop added, “is a way of handling your worries: thinking about others. You can think about others who are in a similar situation or perhaps even in a worse situation, but who have survived, even thrived. It does help quite a lot to see yourself as part of a greater whole.” Once again, the path of joy was connection and the path of sorrow was separation. When we see others as separate, they become a threat. When we see others as part of us, as connected, as interdependent, then there is no challenge we cannot face—together.”
― Desmond Tutu, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

Our readings are from Exodus 17:1-7 and Psalm 95 (click for texts) The gospel John 4:5-42 (click for sermon text) is available written 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 now or click on the link: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.