Sermons from St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
Sep 25, 2022 |
The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
On the 16th Sunday after Pentecost, the Gospel of Luke serves up a challenging story about difference. He tells a story about a rich man and a poor man, the differences between them, and how those differences play out in the long run. There is a lot to wrestle with in this text, a lot to be challenged by. What does it have to say to us in this moment in time? What are the questions Jesus would ask us if he were talking to us directly today?
Sep 18, 2022 |
Sunday, September 18, 2022: Soft Hearts| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
Sunday, September 18, 2022: Soft Hearts
On this day when we celebrate and remember the story of St. Matthew, Marissa reflects on the first part of our passage from Proverbs. What does it mean to hold God's commandments in our hearts? What does scripture have to say about our hearts? And what does that have to do with St. Matthew and our life together in this new program year?
Sep 11, 2022 |
The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
We all love the image of Jesus, the good shepherd, who comes looking for us in the dark. It's a powerful image. And a true image, of the Savior who loves you so much that he will always come for you, no matter how lost you are, no matter how dark the night. And yet, there's more to this Gospel than just the comfort of that image. What else does Jesus have to say to us? And what can we learn about flock mentality?
Aug 21, 2022 |
The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost.
In this week's Gospel, we hear what could be characterized as "just another healing story." But it's so much more than that. What does Jesus have to say to us this week about our spiritual health, freedom, and healing?
Jul 31, 2022 |
The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost.
This week Marissa reflects on the so called "Parable of the Rich Fool". Or is it the poor fool? What does Jesus have to say about greed in this parable and how does it affect our lives today?
Jul 24, 2022 |
The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.
This week we hear one of the most famous parts of scripture, the basis of what we call The Lord's Prayer. These words are familiar to us, hopefully we say them frequently, and yet they have tremendous power within them that we often fly through. What else can we learn about our prayer life and the encouragement Jesus gives us to pray?
Jul 17, 2022 |
The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.
The short Gospel passage about sisters Martha and Mary is full of meaning. What does it have to say to us now about who Jesus is calling us to be? And how we can free ourselves and others from the confines of the world around us?
Jul 10, 2022 |
The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.
This week the Gospel includes the story of the Good Samaritan. Jesus is doing a lot in this story and this exchange, and it's important for us to have a little historical context if we want to understand. And an awareness of what it means to read and interact with scripture.
Jun 26, 2022 |
The Third Sunday after Pentecost.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The Third Sunday after Pentecost.
For freedom Christ has set us free. What does that mean for us? And the way we treat others in this society? Who has the right to make decisions, and is there a difference between the world's freedom and God's?
Jun 19, 2022 |
The Second Sunday after Pentecost.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The Second Sunday after Pentecost.
We struggle sometimes in our era to understand what the Bible means when it talks about "demons". One way to think about demons in our context is to think about the things (issues, patterns, choices) that keep us from right relationship with God and with each other. Why do we sometimes choose those things instead of health and wholeness?
May 15, 2022 |
The Fifth Sunday of Easter.| Meg Stapleton Smith
The Fifth Sunday of Easter.
In this sermon, Meg invites us to think about our Gospel passage through the lens of theologian Stanley Hauerwas. In the midst of broken world, the first task of the church is to be the church —- to show up and love one another as Christ so loves us.
May 01, 2022 |
The Third Sunday of Easter.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The Third Sunday of Easter.
On the third Sunday of Easter, we hear the story about Jesus appearing on the shore to have breakfast with the disciples. He helps them catch a lot of fish and then questions Peter. This story has a specific Easter message for us about faith, grace, and joy.
Apr 03, 2022 |
The Fifth Sunday in Lent.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The Fifth Sunday in Lent.
On the fifth Sunday in Lent, we hear the story of Mary of Bethany anointing the feet of Jesus with an ointment of great price. It's an intimate moment between Mary and Jesus, something special for us to hear and to explore. What does it have to say to us today?
Mar 27, 2022 |
The Fourth Sunday of Lent.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The Fourth Sunday of Lent.
On the Fourth Sunday in Lent, Marissa explores the parable of the Prodigal Son. This parable is full of meaning. Marissa picks just three things to focus on and encourages you to find your own place in the story.