St. Giles' Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church in Jefferson, Maine

Sermons

September 2, 2018 — St. Giles Sunday

September 2, 2018 – Saint Giles Sunday James 1:17-27 There are times when the lessons appointed for a Sunday are a perfect fit with an occasion, and today is one of those times. The Letter of James and the day we present the Arrow of St. Giles to a parishioner “in recognition of exemplary service…

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August 26, 2018 — Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

August 26, 2018 – 14th Sunday after Pentecost Ephesians 6:10-20; Philippians 4:8 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus This morning I would like to begin by speaking about something which has been prominent in the news this past week. Before you become alarmed or intrigued, the news I am referring to concerns the church, specifically the report…

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August 19, 2018 — Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

August 19, 2018 – 13th Sunday after Pentecost Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 34:9-14; Ephesians 5:15-20; Matthew 7:24-27 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus This morning I would like to speak about wisdom. Wisdom is a theme that runs through today’s lessons from the Old Testament, including the psalm, as well as our reading from St. Paul’s Letter to…

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August 12, 2018 — Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

August 12, 2018 – The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost 1 Kings 19:4-8 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus Have you ever sat here on a Sunday morning, listened to the first lesson, and wondered, “What on earth was that about?” To be honest I often wonder why the people who chose our readings for Sunday worship…

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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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