St. Giles' Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church in Jefferson, Maine

Sermons

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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May 6, 2018 — Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 6, 2018 – 6 Easter John 15:9-17; Julian of Norwich The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus Six hundred and forty-five years ago a woman in England began to have visions of Christ. She was ill – it was thought near death – and her priest held a crucifix before her eyes. She saw blood trickling…

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April 29, 2018 — Fifth Sunday of Easter

The Fifth Sunday of Easter – April 29, 2018 John 15:1-8 – The Parable of the True Vine; 1 John 4:7-21 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus Today’s Gospel is the Parable of the True Vine. As in all his other parables, Jesus is telling us about one thing but really talking about something else. This…

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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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