Sermons from St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
"Baptism, Groot, and why love is always the last word."| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
"Baptism, Groot, and why love is always the last word."
What do Groot and Jesus have in common? How does that have anything to do with baptism? Rev. Marissa explores the meaning of baptism, the heroism of Groot, and the love of Jesus.
Banquet without Borders| Meg Stapleton Smith
Banquet without Borders
In this sermon, Meg Stapleton Smith invites us to consider the ways in which our fear of vulnerability keeps us from Lazarus. We can use money to create shields and attempt to create a chasm between us and Lazarus. Or we can consider that our salvation, and Lazarus’ salvation are one in the same.
"Me? Are you talking to me?"| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
"Me? Are you talking to me?"
On St. Matthew's Day, Rev. Marissa explores the calling of St. Matthew. What must it have been like for him to get up from the tax booth and follow Jesus? Why would he do that? And what is it like to be seen by Jesus?
"Be found."| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The clay, the wheel, and the cost.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The clay, the wheel, and the cost.
With three tough readings, Rev. Marissa tries to explain some images, context, and what Paul is really saying to Philemon. If God is the potter and we are the clay, what is God trying to make out of us? And what do we do with Jesus' words in the Gospel?
"The Lenses of Jesus."| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
"The Lenses of Jesus."
In the Gospel, Jesus is at a dinner party with the Pharisees. He criticizes them and the way they order their table. What table does he see? And why is his vision so much different than ours? Can we learn to see what he sees?
"The Peace of the Garden. The stuff of life."| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
"The Peace of the Garden. The stuff of life."
On the tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Rev. Marissa explores the image of God's vineyard as reminiscent of the Peace God intended for all of us in the Garden. What do we make of sour grapes, good wine, and paradise lost?"
The World's Prayer| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The World's Prayer
"Words"| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
On the 6th Sunday after Pentecost, Rev. Marissa admits that she doesn't love the story from Luke's Gospel about Martha & Mary. She explores Amos' image of a famine of hunger for the words of the Lord and wonders about the living Word(s) of God.
A parable and a plumb line.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
A parable and a plumb line.
This week in Luke's Gospel, Jesus tells us the parable of the Good Samaritan. It's a famous parable, and it's more complicated than first meets the eye. Rev. Marissa explores the tensions behind the story along with God's promise to Amos to put a plumb line in the midst of the people.
"Bringing Peace to All Places"| Meg Stapleton Smith
"Bringing Peace to All Places"
This sermon focuses on the phrase, “peace to this house,” and establishes it as key to understand Jesus’ sending out of the 72. In our Gospel passage, Christ is encouraging his disciples to bring a new form of peace to those places that have suffered from the Pax Romana’s false promise of peace. Jesus is extending an exciting invitation to all of us as missionary disciples to bring the peace of Christ to the margins.
"The Uncomfortable Words"| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
"The Uncomfortable Words"
Rev. Marissa reflects on the difficult words from Jesus in the Gospel and in St. Paul's letter to the Galatians. What are Jesus and Paul looking for from us - and what do we do with words that make us uncomfortable?
"How much more will he do for you?"| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
"How much more will he do for you?"
What do we do with stories in scripture that are so different from our own context? How do we wrap our minds around stories of angels and demons? In the Gospel today, Jesus casts many demons out of one man. Rev. Marissa explores what that story could be trying to say to us today and what we have in common with the man who lives among the tombs.
On Community and Healing| Meg Stapleton Smith
On Community and Healing
On the 6th Sunday of Easter, Meg Stapleton Smith invites us to consider the ways in which we are healed in and through Christian community. Where do you go to be healed? And when you feel that you have been made whole, where do you then bring that healing presence of the living God?
As I Have Loved You| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
As I Have Loved You
On the 5th Sunday in Easter, Rev. Marissa explores the new commandment Jesus gives to the disciples. What dos it mean to love others as Jesus has loved us? And what does that mean about the walls and obstacles and hierarchies we build?
On Being a Sheep| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
On Being a Sheep
On Good Shepherd Sunday, Rev. Marissa focuses on the 23rd Psalm - the most well known and often used Psalm. Words we hear all the time that lose their meaning if we aren't careful. The sermon begins with the opposite of the 23rd Psalm - almost a psalm of the modern life