St. Giles' Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church in Jefferson, Maine

Sermons

April 22, 2018 — The Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 22, 2018 – Good Shepherd Sunday Psalm 23; John 10:11-18; 1 John 3:16-24 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus “The Lord is my shepherd.” These few words that we know so well are truly a great declaration of faith in God’s covenant with us as well as an expression of our relationship with God. This…

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April 15, 2018 – The Third Sunday of Easter

April 15, 2018 – The Third Sunday of Easter Luke 24:36b-48 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus For three weeks we have heard accounts of Jesus appearing to his closest friends and followers after the resurrection. Mary Magdalene grieving by the tomb where Jesus’ body had been laid. A few of the disciples gathered in a room in…

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April 8, 2018 — The Second Sunday of Easter

April 8, 2018 – The Second Sunday of Easter John 20:19-31 – Doubting Thomas The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus For everyone who attends church regularly, today’s reading should be very familiar. Each year on the Sunday after Easter we read the account in John’s Gospel of the risen Christ appearing to his disciples, first when…

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April 1, 2018 — Easter Sunday — John 20:1-18

Easter Sunday – April 1, 2018 John 20:1-18 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus “Alleluia! Christ is risen” “The Lord is risen indeed, alleluia!”             Preparation. This is the word I have chosen to be today’s “Easter word.” Each day during Lent, I have sent you “A Daily Word for Lent” to ponder. I have invited…

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March 30, 2018 – Good Friday

Good Friday, March 30, 2018 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus Good Friday Homily By now you have received 39 out of 40 of the Daily Words for Lent. You know that I have shared words of wisdom from a great variety of people, some who are living now and those who lived recently or long…

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March 29, 2018 – Maundy Thursday — An Instructed Eucharist

Maundy Thursday, March 29, 2018 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus An Instructed Eucharist             In this Maundy Thursday service we focus on the Eucharist. In prayer and scripture we are reminded of the moment Jesus began this sacred meal.  The Episcopal Church says that we encounter Jesus Christ as we receive communion, and (if we will…

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March 18, 2018 — 5th Sunday of Lent

March 18, 2018 – 5th Sunday of Lent Jeremiah 31:31-34 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus Today is the last Sunday in Lent. The church calendar provides us with this season so that we might prepare for Holy Week. Next week, on Palm Sunday, we will remember Jesus’ last days, in prayer and scripture and hymns. Our church…

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March 11, 2018 — 4th Sunday in Lent

St. Giles’ Episcopal Church March 11, 2018 – 4th Sunday in Lent Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus Last week our Old Testament lesson included the Ten Commandments. Using two passages from the Old Testament, Jesus offers his followers a summary of God’s law in what are called the Two Great Commandments: Love…

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March 4, 2018 — The Third Sunday in Lent

March 4, 2018 – The Third Sunday in Lent John 2:13-22 – Jesus and the Temple Money Changers; Exodus 20:1-17 – The Ten Commandments The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus We just heard an account of a memorable event in Jesus’ life, one that has captured the imagination of many artists, Jesus’ confrontation with the money changers in…

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February 25, 2018 – The Second Sunday in Lent

February 25, 2018 – The Second Sunday in Lent The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus Some good Christian people dislike the season of Lent. They find it dismal and depressing. All that emphasis on sinfulness and how we fall short of living as God would have us live! You may feel this way yourself. This morning…

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