St. Giles' Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church in Jefferson, Maine

2017 Sermons

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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August 13, 2017 – The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

August 13, 2017 – The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 14:22-33 – Jesus Walks on Water The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus Several years ago, when we had a number of children in Sunday School, they learned about this morning’s lesson, the story of Jesus walking on the water to join his disciples in their boat…

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August 6, 2017 – The Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ

August 6, 2017 – The Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Peter 1:13-21; Luke 9:28-36 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus August 6th is the day set aside on the church calendar to remember the Transfiguration of Christ. The date does not fall on a Sunday in most years. But we…

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July 30, 2017 – Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

July 30, 2017 – 8 Pentecost Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus This is the third week we have been considering the parables of Jesus found in Matthew’s Gospel. First, the Parable of the Sower, then the Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds, and now five very brief parables, some quite familiar…

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July 23, 2017 – 7th Sunday after Pentecost

July 23, 2017 – 7 Pentecost Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 – The Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus Weeds. Have you ever thought about how you feel about weeds? I’ve spent many hours this spring and summer weeding, and I imagine quite a few of you have, too. And if…

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