St. Giles' Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church in Jefferson, Maine

Sermons

October 29, 2017 – 21st Sunday After Pentecost

October 29, 2017 – 21st Sunday After Pentecost HOPE The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus Last Sunday I began a short sermon series on what have been known as the Three Theological Virtues – Faith, Hope, and Love. As I remarked then, the past is often helpful in supporting our faith. Our own past experiences as well…

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October 22, 2017 – 20th Sunday After Pentecost — Faith

St. Giles’ Episcopal Church October 22, 2017 – 20th Sunday After Pentecost Faith The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus This morning I will begin a short sermon series on faith, hope, and love. For centuries these have been known as the Three Theological Virtues. You may be most familiar with them from St. Paul’s First Letter to…

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October 15, 2017 – 19th Sunday After Pentecost

October 15, 2017 – 19th Sunday After Pentecost Matthew 22:1-14 – The Parable of the Wedding Banquet The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus Today’s reading from Matthew’s Gospel, the Parable of the Wedding Banquet, is the third of a set of parables that Jesus told to the religious authorities in Jerusalem shortly before his crucifixion. The first…

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October 8, 2017 – 18th Sunday After Pentecost

October 8, 2017 – 18th Sunday After Pentecost Isaiah 5:1-7; Matthew 21:33-46; St. Francis The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus Jesus told the parable we heard in this morning’s lesson from Matthew during the few days leading up to his death – Holy Week.   He is teaching in the temple in Jerusalem, in the hearing of the…

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October 1, 2017 – 17th Sunday After Pentecost

October 1, 2017 – 17 Pentecost Ezekiel 18:1-4,25-32; Psalm 25:1-8; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus This morning’s readings from scripture touch on some of the most important themes of the Bible: repentance, God’s mercy and loving kindness, humility, living according to God’s ways and in God’s active service. In our Old…

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September 17, 2017 – 15th Sunday After Pentecost

September 17, 2017 – 15 Pentecost Matthew 18:21-35 – Forgiveness The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus This morning’s Gospel reading from Matthew is a continuation of the passage we heard last week. In that reading Jesus talked to his followers about what to do when members of the church offend one another, when problems arise between…

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September 10, 2017 — 14th Sunday After Pentecost

September 10, 2017 – 14 Pentecost Ezekiel 33:7-11 – Mercy The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus This week I found myself fascinated by the words of our Collect for the Day: “Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength,…

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September 3, 2017 — St. Giles’ Sunday — 13th Sunday After Pentecost

September 3, 2017 – Saint Giles Sunday Matthew 16:21-28 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus This morning’s reading from the Gospel of Matthew is perfect for Saint Giles Sunday, a time to consider what it means to be a saint, a true follower of Jesus, today as well as in Christian history. We may think of…

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August 27, 2017 – 12th Sunday after Pentecost

August 27, 2017 – 12 Pentecost Isaiah 51:1-6; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus Nearly ten years ago, less than a year before I moved to Maine, I made an individual retreat at the Convent of the Order of Saint Helena, an Episcopal order of nuns who at that time lived in…

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August 20, 2017 – 11th Sunday After Pentecost

August 20, 2017 – 11 Pentecost Matthew 15:10-28; Bishop Lane’s Letter The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus “Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.” In our reading from Matthew’s Gospel we heard one of many accounts of Christ’s mercy found in the four Gospels, the healing of the Canaanite woman’s daughter. The story begins…

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