St. Giles' Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church in Jefferson, Maine

2019 Sermons

August 18, 2019 – The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost — Luke 12:49-56

                My sermon this morning will be in two parts.  First, some words about our reading from the gospel of Luke that I hope will help us wrestle with Jesus’ very uncomfortable words.  We need to remember that Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem and the cross, so there is urgency and strong determination behind what he…

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August 11, 2019 – The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost — Genesis 15:1-6; Psalm 33:12-22; Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16; Luke 12:32-40

                This morning’s lessons speak about faith, about trusting God’s Word and God’s promises, even when from the human viewpoint they seem impossible.  In the lesson from Genesis we read about God’s promise to Abram (later renamed Abraham) that he would have descendants as numerous as the stars in heaven.  The commentary in the Letter to the Hebrews…

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August 4, 2019 – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost — Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21

            Ecclesiastes, a book of the Hebrew Bible that is categorized as wisdom literature, begins with the words of the author, the Teacher:  “Vanity of vanities!  All is vanity!”  Another translation reads, “Utter futility!  All is futile!”  We might read this morning’s lesson from Ecclesiastes and draw from it a cynical attitude about human endeavor.  But we mustn’t take that lesson from…

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July 28, 2019 – The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

July 28, 2019 – The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Luke 11:1-13 – The Lord’s Prayer             What does Jesus teach his disciples about prayer?  This morning let’s take a brief look at this question from the perspective of the author of the gospel of Luke.  Prayer is very important in Luke, an essential component of the life of…

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July 21, 2019 – The 6th Sunday After Pentecost

Luke 10:38-42 – Mary and Martha                 Jesus and his disciples are on their way to Jerusalem where Jesus will be crucified and his disciples will be left without their teacher and leader.  The journey takes a long time, and Jesus has the opportunity to teach a number of lessons about what it means to follow him…

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July 14, 2019 – The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Deuteronomy 30:9-14; Luke 10:25-37 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus                 Our first lesson is a passage from the book of Deuteronomy, the fifth book of the Christian Old Testament and of the Jewish Torah, the sacred teaching given by God to Moses.  These books were known and honored by Jesus, who often quoted their words and taught…

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July 7, 2019 – 4th Sunday After Pentecost

Galatians 6:1-16; Luke 10:1-20; The Communion of Saints                 “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).  These few words from St. Paul’s letter to the church in Galatia guide us about how to live as a follower of Jesus.  Paul assumes that anyone who confesses Jesus Christ as…

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May 26, 2019 — Sixth Sunday After Easter

John 5:1-9                 This morning’s reading from the Gospel of John needs some background information so that we can understand the story, as is so often the case when we read and hear portions of the Bible.  Jesus was passing by the pool of Beth-zatha or Bethesda.  The sick and maimed gathered around this pool because periodically an…

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May 19, 2019 – Fifth Sunday After Easter Acts 11:1-18; John 13:31-35

The Bible is full of visions from God and visions of God. This morning we have heard the record of some of those visions. The first is found in our lesson from the book of The Acts of the Apostles. Scholars agree that this book was written by the same person who wrote the Gospel…

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May 12, 2019 – Fourth Sunday After Easter – “Good Shepherd Sunday” and Julian of Norwich Psalm 23; John 10:22-30; Revelation 7:9-17

“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 metaphor of shepherd and sheep occurs in many places in the Bible. Today – Good Shepherd Sunday – we…

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