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.

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.