St. Giles' Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church in Jefferson, Maine

2017 Sermons

December 24, 2017 Christmas Eve — A Christmas Meditation

A Christmas Meditation O come, all ye faithful, come, let us adore him, Christ, the Lord.  Amen.             Faithful people come together today to praise and thank God for the birth of Jesus, whom we call “Emmanuel.” A Hebrew word translated in English, “God with us.”  One word that tells the glorious mystery we celebrate…

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December 17, 2017 — 3rd Sunday of Advent

December 17, 2017 – 3rd Sunday of Advent Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Canticle 15/Luke 1:46-55 – The Song of Mary The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus On the third Sunday of Advent we light the rose-colored Advent candle to honor Mary, the mother of Jesus. In place of the psalm we read Canticle 15, The Song of Mary, from…

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December 10, 2017 — The Second Sunday of Advent

December 10, 2017 – The Second Sunday of Advent Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:9; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus During Advent every year we encounter John the Baptist. Jesus identified John as the person described by Isaiah in this morning’s Old Testament reading and referred to at the beginning of the…

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December 3, 2017 – The First Sunday of Advent

December 3, 2017 – The First Sunday of Advent Mark 13:24-37 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus Today we begin the season of Advent, a time of preparation for our yearly remembrance of the birth of Jesus. Before I speak about Advent, I think it is important to consider an aspect of our lesson from the…

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November 26, 2017 – The Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King

November 26, 2017 – The Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King, Matthew 25:31-46 – Love, The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus In October I began a short sermon series on faith, hope, and love, the three theological virtues named by St. Paul in his First Letter to the Corinthians. Today we will consider what he…

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November 12, 2017 – 23rd Sunday After Pentecost

November 12, 2017 – 23rd Sunday After Pentecost Matthew 25:1-13; Stewardship/Commitment The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus Amy-Jill Levine, a prominent Jewish New Testament scholar, has recently written a book about the parables called “Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi.” She emphasizes the fact that Jesus’ parables are meant to do something…

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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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