Sermons from St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
May 09, 2021 |
The joy of Jesus.| The Rev. Dr. Molly James
The joy of Jesus.
On the sixth Sunday of Easter, the Rev. Dr. Molly James visited us virtually at St. Matt's to remind us of the joy of this season. And to engage with the Gospel that calls us to experience joy now, not just some day when we've done everything well and gotten all our work done! The joy of Jesus is meant for us now.
May 02, 2021 |
The vines that bind.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The vines that bind.
On the 5th Sunday in Easter, Marissa explores the promise of the text that all people are welcome and that God has provided for their ability to be connected to the vine. How is Jesus the vine of our lives and the center of our community? And what does that mean our responsibility is in relation to the rest of the vine?
Apr 25, 2021 |
Alternate reality.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
On the fourth Sunday in the Easter season, lovingly known as "Good Shepherd Sunday", Jesus tells us that he is the Good Shepherd. And the Epistle tells us a little more about what that love means and how we're meant to share it with each other. What does it mean to be part of the flock? And what is Jesus building?
Apr 18, 2021 |
Abundant responsibility.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
On the third Sunday of Easter, Marissa looks at a complicated story about one of Jesus' appearances after the resurrection. Is there a connection between this appearance, eating, and the current events in our world?
Apr 04, 2021 |
The beginning: I have seen the Lord.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The beginning: I have seen the Lord.
On Easter Sunday, Marissa wonders about what it was like for Jesus to come out of the tomb, for Mary to see him alive, and what we can learn about coming out of our own tombs. How does the resurrection move us from grief to love? And what is our part in the story?
Apr 01, 2021 |
Maundy Thursday| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
On Maundy Thursday, we see Jesus at table with his disciples, with those he loves, with those he knows will betray him. Jesus knows what will happen to him in the coming days, and yet he approaches the disciples with grace, with forgiveness - even before they've done anything wrong. What can we learn from Jesus about the way he uses his power? Jesus, the incarnate Word, the very presence of God among us holds all the power - and yet, what does he do with it?
Mar 14, 2021 |
“God on the COVID Ward.”| The Rev. Joshua Rodriguez-Hobbs
“God on the COVID Ward.”
Reflecting on the reading from Numbers and the Gospel reading, the Rev. Joshua Rodriguez-Hobbs discusses his experiences as a hospital chaplain during the COVID-19 pandemic and how Jesus is present in the midst of our suffering.
Feb 28, 2021 |
A great problem to have.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
A great problem to have.
On the second Sunday in Lent, Marissa reflects on the Gospel, and how we have all experienced similar situations in our own lives. What do we do with this radical Jesus? If we follow him closely in this season of Lent, what do we do when we find ourselves sounding like him?
Feb 17, 2021 |
"Sea Glass & Ash"| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
"Sea Glass & Ash"
In a sermon for Ash Wednesday, Marissa explores the smooth edges, color, and transformation of sea glass as an image for Lent. How can you enter into a holy Lent even in the midst of this season of distance and pandemic?
Feb 14, 2021 |
On the precipice.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
On the precipice.
As we come to the end of the season of Epiphany and stand on the precipice of the season of Lent, we're intended to feel as if everything is changing around us. As the disciples discover more and more who Jesus is, they must have felt like even the ground was shifting under their feet. What can we learn on this precipice, on the side of a mountain, from a God who calls us beloved?
Feb 07, 2021 |
"The light in the woods."| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
"The light in the woods."
This week, as we mark our Annual Meeting, Mark's Gospel gives us a second story about the casting out of unclean spirits. This time, this casting out is accompanied by other healings, miracles, and Jesus' clear desire to keep moving. To keep going, to share the message of good news in more places.
Jan 31, 2021 |
Beginnings.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
This week as we make our way through the season of Epiphany, the Gospel of Mark takes us to the very beginning of Jesus' public life and ministry. There's always something special about beginnings, something new, something to learn. Maybe you've heard the saying that, "We should begin how we mean to continue." So what does this beginning in the Gospel of Mark have to say to us?
Jan 24, 2021 |
"News, nets, and Nineveh."| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
"News, nets, and Nineveh."
This week as we make our way through the season of Epiphany, our text from Hebrew Scriptures comes from the story about a great whale, an erring people, and a reluctant prophet. Meanwhile, in the Gospel, Jesus calls a few disciples and promises to help them fish for people. What do these waterlogged stories have to say to us in this moment?
Jan 17, 2021 |
Visions| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
This week, our text from Hebrew Scriptures tells us that we find Samuel and Eli in a time when the Word of the Lord is rare and visions are not widespread. Does that sound like the world you know? Do we live in a time when the Word of the Lord is rare and visions are not widespread?
Jan 10, 2021 |
Who shall we be?| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
Who shall we be?
In the wake of a difficult week for our country, Marissa reflects on the theme of identity and the ways in which Baptism makes us who we are. As we hear the story of Jesus' own baptism in the Jordan, what do these texts have to say to us in this moment? Then, our Presiding Bishop, the Most Rev. Michael Curry preaches and wonders, "Who shall we be?"
Dec 13, 2020 |