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.

Divine Public Policy

Bob Reed shares his faith journey where he finds kindness and generosity at St. Peters by sharing four gifts in three minutes. Father Jeff contrasts the myth of redemptive violence with divine public policy in the light of the Las Vegas massacre.

Click this sentence to download a short paper by Walter Wink about the myth of redemptive violence

These are edited recordings. This week more than most because of recording issues. Please forgive the speakers for abrupt transitions. They are most likely due to missing audio. You can read the scripture by clicking: Matthew 21:33-46 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.

Living Under Each Other’s Authority

This week Allison Joffee talks about her spiritual journey as a member of St. Peter’s. Father Jeff talks about not humming along with self will and sings the praises of living under each other’s authority.

You can read the scripture by clicking: Matthew 21:23-32 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.

What is Right and What is Fair

Guest preacher Eric Heidecker tackles the unfairness of the land-owner in the parable of the laborers in the vineyard.

You can read the scripture by clicking: Matthew 20:1-16 or listen to the 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.

Stepping Out of the Hamster Wheel of Doom

Drawing on the lectionary, the Lord’s Prayer, and the ridiculous story of debt relief in Matthew 18, Father Jeff talks about the alternative to the Hamster Wheel of Doom that Jesus offers that frees us from the fear of debt and death that is a terror to imperial powers of this world.

You can read the scripture by clicking: Matthew 18:21-33 or listen to the 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.

Loving Others with Spit Barbeque

Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes with which Christ looks out his compassion to the world. Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which he is to bless us now. - Teresa of Avila

The Very Reverend Trudy Erquiaga, Dean of the Central District, visits us from Fallon with a message about Christian witness and hospitality built around loving others as yourself by roasting meat on a spit barbecue. She has three layers in her sermon:

  1. Reflect on the gifts you have received from special ones in your life
  2. Love neighbors as yourself knowing it is a witness to God’s love
  3. Consider how you will do your best with your blessings to love others

You can read the scripture by clicking: Matthew 18:15-20 and Exodus 12:1-14 or listen to the Matthew 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.

It’s An Inside Job

Father Jeff urges us to give up the desire for an external fix to inside problems. The process of being made whole (“being saved” in the scripture) is an inside job.  Listen to Father Jeff pass along Jesus invitation to live a life that witnesses to a different way to spiritual healing and wholeness other than by external force or self-righteous martyrdom.

You can read the scripture by clicking: Matthew 16:21-26 or listen to the 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.

Meeting Life with Hope, Discipline, and Openness

Canon Theologian Chuck McCray takes us a a tour through the three lectionary passages about three types of change.

You can listen to the Matthew 16:13-20 reading in our recording below, you may read Matthew 16:13-20  Exodus 1:8 – 2:10 Romans 12:1-8 by clicking on each reference or read them all in this link   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.

Great Is Your Sass

Father Jeff Paul reminds us that Jesus invites us into “Kingdom Living” to organize our lives around love: compassion, mercy, and grace.

The gospel reading from Matthew 15:21-28 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.