St. Giles' Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church in Jefferson, Maine

2018 Sermons

August 5, 2018 — The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

August 5, 2018 – The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15; John 6:24-35 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus I imagine that everyone here has at one time or another indulged in something which we might safely label “spiritually unhealthy.” I am thinking of how we learn about a behavior of another person – someone…

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July 29, 2018 — 10th Sunday after Pentecost

July 29, 2018 – 10th Sunday after Pentecost John 6:1-21 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus Recently I was speaking with a clergy friend about changes in church services resulting from the fact that so many people in our communities no longer attend church. We were speaking about funerals and weddings when the Eucharist is celebrated as part…

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July 22, 2018 – 9th Sunday after Pentecost

July 22, 2018 – 9th Sunday after Pentecost Mark 6:30-34, 53-56; Ephesians 2:11-22 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus Two weeks ago our lesson from Mark’s Gospel described Jesus sending out his twelve disciples in pairs to travel as his ambassadors to villages surrounding his home town of Nazareth. The disciples were instructed to preach repentance and…

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July 15, 2018 — 8th Sunday after Pentecost

July 15, 2018 – 8th Sunday after Pentecost Mark 1:1-11; Baptism The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus In a few minutes we will all be participating in Eleanor’s baptism, her initiation rite into the fellowship of Christ’s one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We will be participating in a ritual that has been used by Christians everywhere for…

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July 8, 2018 — 7th Sunday after Pentecost

July 8, 2018 – 7th Sunday after Pentecost Mark 6:1-13 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus As we read through the Gospels on Sunday mornings, some of the lessons highlight Jesus’ extraordinary powers. For instance, two weeks ago you heard Mark’s account of Jesus rebuking the wind and sea during a great windstorm that threatened to capsize the boat…

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July 1, 2018 — 6th Sunday after Pentecost

July 1, 2018 – 6th Sunday after Pentecost Mark 5:21-43 – The Healing of the Hemorrhaging Woman and the Raising of Jairus’ Daughter Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15; 2:23-24 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus This morning’s lesson from Mark’s Gospel is an interesting example of what New Testament scholars call “intercalation,” which means the enclosing or “sandwiching” of…

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June 10, 2018 — Third Sunday after Pentecost

St. Giles’ Episcopal Church June 10, 2018 – Third Sunday after Pentecost 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus This morning I want to comment first on the Gospel lesson we just heard and then consider today’s reading from St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Christians in Corinth. In the narrative of Mark’s…

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June 3, 2018 – Second Sunday after Pentecost

St. Giles’ Episcopal Church June 3, 2018 – Second Sunday after Pentecost Deuteronomy 5:12-15; Mark 2:23-3:6 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus Jesus had an interesting and complex understanding of and relationship to the religious Law of the Judaism of his time. In many ways he honored and observed the Law. In fact, he told his disciples…

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May 27, 2018 — Trinity Sunday

May 27, 2018 – Trinity Sunday Isaiah 6:1-8 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus I’m sure you have often had the experience of hearing someone speak or reading something someone has written and thinking, “Wow! That person has just given a great explanation of something I didn’t understand” or “What a great summary of a lot…

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May 20, 2018 — The Day of Pentecost

May 20, 2018 – The Day of Pentecost Acts 2:1-21; John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus Just before Jesus ascended to heaven forty days after the resurrection, he told his disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait for the Spirit to come to them in a few days’ time. He promised them this:…

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