St. Giles' Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church in Jefferson, Maine

2019 Sermons

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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March 10, 2019 — The First Sunday in Lent

March 10, 2019 – The First Sunday of Lent Luke 4:1-13 – The Temptation of Christ                 Every year on the first Sunday of Lent we hear an account of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness because this is the basis of our observance of Lent, when for forty days we are invited by the church to…

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March 3, 2019 — The Last Sunday after the Epiphany

March 3, 2019 – The Last Sunday after the Epiphany Exodus 34:29-35; Luke 9:28-36 – The Transfiguration Every year on the last Sunday before Ash Wednesday we celebrate the Transfiguration of Christ and remember the vision of Christ’s glory given to his disciples, Peter, James, and John.  The transfiguration of Christ occurred shortly after Jesus had…

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February 24, 2019 — Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

February 24, 2019 – The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus I have spoken to you about the church calendar and how the date of Easter is determined every year. This year Easter is almost as late in the year as it can be, April 21st. The date of Easter determines the…

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February 17, 2019 — Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

February 17, 2019 – The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany Jeremiah 17:5-10; Luke 6:17-26 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus                 Do you know why the date of Easter is different every year? In 325 CE the Church Council of Nicaea established that Easter would be on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring…

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February 10, 2019 — Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

St. Giles’ Church, Jefferson, Maine February 10, 2019 – The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany Isaiah 6: 1-13 Don Kraus Our reading from Isaiah this week recounts the call of the prophet. Last week, we heard the account of the call of Jeremiah, and as was the case then, Isaiah’s call includes the would-be prophet…

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February 3, 2019 — Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

St. Giles’ Episcopal Church February 3, 2019 – 4 Epiphany Luke 4:21-30 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus             To understand what actually happened in the passage from Luke’s Gospel that we just heard, we need some background information. This passage is a continuation of last week’s Gospel lesson. Jesus had been baptized by John and…

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January 27, 2019 — Third Sunday after the Epiphany

St. Giles’ Episcopal Church January 27, 2019 – The Third Sunday after the Epiphany The Rector’s Message at the Annual Meeting of the Parish Isaiah 55:1-3a and Matthew 25:31-46 The Rev. Dr. Susan Kraus             This morning I have decided to use this time to share with you some of my reflections on the state…

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