St. Giles' Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church in Jefferson, Maine

2019 Sermons

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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May 5, 2019 – Third Sunday After Easter John 21:1-19; Acts 9:1-20

During Easter season – the weeks between Easter and Pentecost – we hear readings from the gospels and from the New Testament book called The Acts of the Apostles that describe Jesus’ appearances to the disciples and other extraordinary events that took place after the resurrection. This morning we heard accounts of two events that…

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April 28, 2019 – Second Sunday After Easter John 20:19-31 – Faith and Doubt The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus

We just heard the record in John’s gospel of two separate encounters between the risen Christ and his disciples, one when Thomas was not present and one, a week later, when he was. We learn in this gospel lesson, as in others, that Jesus did whatever was necessary to show his disciples that he, the…

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April 21, 2019 – The Sunday of the Resurrection Luke 24:1-12

Do you believe in miracles?               Seventy years before the birth of Jesus the Romans took over the land we now call Israel and Palestine, the land promised by God to God’s people. For many years the Jews were ruled by Roman procurators – like Pontius Pilate – and as long as the people were…

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April 7, 2019 – 5th Sunday in Lent

This morning we begin our walk with Jesus to Jerusalem and to the cross. He has arrived in Bethany, a town about two miles outside of Jerusalem, six days before the Passover, when Jesus would eat the Last Supper with his disciples. He had time to visit some of his dearest friends – Mary, Martha,…

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March 31, 2019 – 4th Sunday in Lent

March 31, 2019 – 4th Sunday in Lent Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 – The Prodigal Son                 We have just heard one of Jesus’ most familiar parables, the Parable of the Prodigal Son.  We consider this parable in Lent because this is the season of the church year when we are especially called to repentance.  The story of the…

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March 24, 2019 — Third Sunday in Lent

March 24, 2019 – Third Sunday in Lent Luke 13:1-9                  Human beings want to find meaning in life.  We want to understand what happens.  We want to know what causes what.  We want to know the answer to the question “why?”  That’s generally a very good thing.  This question is the foundation of science, philosophy, psychology, and theology, and of learning how…

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March 17, 2019 — Second Sunday in Lent

March 17, 2019 – Second Sunday in Lent Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27, Philippians 3:17-4:1, Luke 13:31-35 Trusting God              This morning I will be speaking about our lessons from Genesis, Psalm 27, and Luke’s Gospel and considering the issue of trusting God.   The portion of Genesis that we heard is about God establishing a…

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