Christmas Eve Sunday

Our Christmas Eve Sunday service was not recorded.

Preparing Our Way for the Homeless

Father Jeff Paul tells us that God’s Peace is not the peace of the imperial power but based on Participation, Partnership, letting go of selfish, self-centered ends. This is the way that God would have us define ourselves how God would have us live. We have a practical follow up by Deacon Craig LaGier with the invitation to and description of the overnight homeless ministry that St. Peter’s help host.

Can you define the way God wants you to live with a line from the scriptures like John did in the John reading today? Father Jeff shares his:

For God alone my soul in silence waits, from God comes my life. – Psalm 62:1

You can read the scripture by clicking: Isaiah 61:1-11, the Song of Mary in Luke 1:39-56John 1:6-28 or listen to the John reading in our recording below.  Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the scripture and sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save an audio mp3 file for listening later.

Show Them The Way

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We welcomed The Rt Rev Katharine Jefferts Schori, former Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church and former Bishop of Nevada as our preacher December 10th. She speaks about seeking that way home into God’s beloved community.

Justice is another word for loving our neighbors out loud…in public ways that transform society, structures and communities. – Katharine Jefferts Schori

You can read the scripture by clicking: Mark 1:1-8 or listen to reading in our recording below.  Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the scripture and sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save an audio mp3 file for listening later.

Why Pray When You Can Worry and Fret?

Father Jeff explores meditation and prayer in scary times and lets us know the judgement time is not scary because of a dirty little secret of the Christian tradition: Jesus judges all: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _.

You can read the scripture by clicking: Mark 13:24-37 or listen to reading in our recording below.  Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the scripture and sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save an audio mp3 file for listening later.

We thank Jacob Ryle, (a.k.a. Sir Bedlam/Sir Bedlam Productions and Freesound) for the sermon sound effect requested by Father Jeff. Used by permission.

Kingdom of Goats

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Guest preacher, The Rev. Eric Heidecker joins us for Christ the King Sunday with an end of the year celebration of Matthew with an examination of the Kingdom of God as compared to the Kingdom of Goats.

For the curious, the chorus to this song has the answer to the final quiz given by The Rev Eric Heidecker at the end of today’s message. It is at 1:21 in this video…the rest of the video may not be suitable for all people in all settings. 

You can read the scripture by clicking: Matthew 25:31-46 or listen to reading in our recording below.  Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the scripture and sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save an audio mp3 file for listening later.

 

What Does A Faithful Life Look Like?

Pastor Jeff reviews the last parts of Matthew starting with Matthew 21 to explore what a faithful life looks like. Part of the message and the answer to what a faithful lives looks like is the Third Step Prayer from the Recovery community as used at St. Peter’s:

God, we offer ourselves to You – To build and do with us as You will.
Relieve us of the bondage of self, that we may better do God’s will.
See us through our difficulties, as our lives our witness,
we claim our place in the communion of the saints
as a witness to Your Power, Your Love, and Your Way of life.
May we do your will always!

You can read the scripture by clicking: Judges 4:1-7 or Matthew 25:14-30 or listen to portions of the Matthew 25 reading in our recording below.  Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the scripture and sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save an audio mp3 file for listening later.

What Does It Look Like To Be Wise

In the midst of the message about how to wise or foolish which includes the prayer below, Thomas (Tom) Streenan talks about his experience as a senior and a senior warden.

Lord, teach us the power of a generosity that interrupts the logic of scarcity with the extravagant self-giving of divine love. Amen.

Father Jeff talks about a faithful response to the gun violence in church in the light of a message about what it looks like to be faithful in this world. He qutoes from an October 5th, 2017 post by former Disciples of Christ minister Jan Linn “Oh, The National Myths We Tell Ourselves

We are the most violent society among Western nations and we are the only one with no serious gun laws.

To deny the connection is to suggest that individual Americans are just more deranged than people in other countries, that our problem is not guns, but having more than our share of crazy people who do bad things with guns before good people with guns can stop them. – Jan Linn

You can read the scripture by clicking: Matthew 25:1-13 or listen to reading in our recording below.  Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the scripture and sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save an audio mp3 file for listening later.

Saintly Smile

Father Jeff Paul explores the beatitudes and talks about saints while Lisa Brennan shares her story of finding a home at St. Peter’s.

You can read the scripture by clicking: Matthew 5:1-12 or listen to reading in our recording below.  Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the scripture and sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save an audio mp3 file for listening later.

What Would We Do If We Weren’t Afraid?

Doesn’t matter where you life is or what a mess its in when you show up. Just show up. You’ll find yourself in grace and there will be healing in that. So just keep coming. – Donna Murphy-Sharp on St. Peters

Pastor Jeff Paul discusses Rabbi Hillel’s determination of the greatest commandment quoted by Jesus and the greatest challenge to a community or a person, living in love instead of in fear. Donna Murphy Sharp tells her spiritual story starting about nine minutes after the beginning of the recording. Along the way both Pastor Jeff and Donna talk about the closing of St. Stephen’s in Reno through the lens of fear, faith, love, and community.

You can read the scripture by clicking: Deuteronomy 34:1-12 or Matthew 22:34-46 or listen to the Matthew reading in our recording below. There is a fade out and in of the audio about two and half minutes into the recording to cover a gap in our recording and again after Donna tells her story.  Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the scripture and sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save an audio mp3 file for listening later.

Many Are Called and All Are Chosen

A strange parable of redemptive violence finds it way into Matthew 22:1-14 in contrast to the world imagined by Jesus and described by Susan Newcome as she shares her faith journey.

You can read the scripture by clicking: Matthew 22:1-14 or listen to it in our recording below. Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the scripture and sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save an audio mp3 file for listening later.