St. Giles' Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church in Jefferson, Maine

2019 Sermons

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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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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