Sermons are more than speeches. They are that element in the service that helps people connect their daily lives with, and make meaning of, their continuing relationship with the God about whom they have heard in Scripture. Sermons then point people towards the culmination of the liturgy, the consecration and reception of the sacrament in which a they take God’s presence into their bodies and out into the world. Each sermon addresses an occasion. Each reflects the preacher’s concerns and those of the community on a particular day and in a particular place. In this way a sermon is really more of an event than simply a text.

Please feel welcome to look through our sermon archive. Please also feel welcome, when you are in the neighborhood, to come and experience one in person!


Homily: Feb. 12, 2107 – Heroes. Rev. Cindi Brickson

I preached on this same gospel text at Good Samaritan this week, and as so often the case there, it did not go exactly as I planned. One resident just did not like the gospel. “It is dull and boring” he complained, “a long list of stuff that is so much blah blah blah.” I…

Homily: Feb. 5, 2017 – Salt. Rev. Vant Washington III.

The last Thursday of every month, I prepare a meal at St. Christopher’s. Now I’ve done enough cooking to know that folks aren’t always shy about giving a little feedback after they finish their meal. Last week I prepared a Mexican chicken soup with sausage, bits of tomato, cabbage, onions, pasta and zucchini. I liked…

Homily: Jan. 29 – what does God require? Rev. Phil Boelter

“What does the LORD require of you   but to do justice,  and to love kindness,  and to walk humbly with your God?”    Good question.  Exactly what DOES God want from you and me? That question has been asked by many folk from ancient times, In this morning’s reading we hear people questioning- “Look God- …

Homily: Jan. 22 – Light for All People. Rev. Phil Boelter

God calls us today to move Into the light, God’s light. The light- which shines on all people and all things without exception. The light- which never goes out because its source is God. The light- which God asks us to share with each other and all people. Matthew tells us that Jesus “withdrew” into…

Homily: Jan. 8, 2017 – Wilderness. Rev. Phil Boelter

There’s a lot going on in Jesus’ baptism in Matthew – personal confirmation of who Jesus is, public acknowledgement of his identity, the role of the Spirit – but this time around I am drawn to the wilderness. Jesus is baptized and then is led into the wilderness. The wilderness! It is a place that…

Homily: Dec. 25, 2016 – Incarnation. Rev. Phil Boelter

Incarnation- what does it mean? Sometimes it seems like a rather baffling and bewildering doctrine in which we might profess our belief, but which really don’t understand. What does the incarnation really mean? Yes, of course, always, it means that God chose to enter into our humanity, in all of its fullness and foibles, its…

Homily: Dec. 11, 2016 – Listen. Rev. Phil Boelter

This week in our gospel reading We get John the Baptist, Part 2. And in our psalm we get very briefly -Mary Part One. More….. much more about Mary next week. First- John. Do you ever wonder if John the Baptist made the first Christians as uncomfortable as he does us? Strange clothes, weird diet…

Homily: Nov. 27, 2016 – The Time Is Now. Rev. Cindi Brickson

Today we being the Season of Advent, the beginning of our Church Year. We begin now, not in January, to say ‘Happy New Year!’ This is the time when we start agin the spiral walk that marks time on our spiritual paths. This is when we begin to experience again with those around us the…

Homily: November 13, 2016

November 13, 2016, YEAR C; Rev. Phil Boelter   Shortly after 9/11 well known preachers Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson suggested in a newspaper article that homosexuals, abortion-rights supporters and liberal civil-rights activists were at least partly to blame for the terrorist attacks that had toppled the World Trade Center and destroyed part of the Pentagon,…

Homily: October 30, 2016

October 30, 2016, YEAR C; Rev. Phil Boelter How should we read this familiar story about Jesus and Zacchaeus? Jesus, near the end of his journey to Jerusalem, is passing through the border town of Jericho. In that town is a man named Zacchaeus who is not just a tax collector but a CHIEF tax collector….