Sermons from St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
Jan 22, 2023 |
The Third Sunday after the Epiphany: January 22, 2023.| The Rev. Dr. Linda Spiers
The Third Sunday after the Epiphany: January 22, 2023.
In Matthew 4:12-23, Jesus calls his first disciples with some of them dropping everything to follow Jesus. At baptism we are all called to follow Jesus, which is a lifelong journey of listening to God’s voice. Through a story Episcopal Diocese of Missouri’s Bishop Deon Johnson shared, comes a provocative question from a six-year-old: “What am I to do with a piece of Christ?” God listens, invites us to listen, and calls us to follow.
Jan 15, 2023 |
The Second Sunday after the Epiphany: January 15, 2023.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The Second Sunday after the Epiphany: January 15, 2023.
On the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Marissa reflects on the first part of the Gospel where we hear about Jesus and John the Baptist. We've traveled with John a lot in the last few weeks, and today we get an important puzzle piece. What drives John the Baptist? What should drive us?
Jan 08, 2023 |
The Feast of the Epiphany: January 8, 2023.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The Feast of the Epiphany: January 8, 2023.
For the Feast of the Epiphany, we tried a new tradition at St. Matt's, one that is beloved all over the church: Star Words. If you weren't able to be there and still would like a word for the year, just send an email to Marissa!
Dec 11, 2022 |
The Third Sunday in Advent: December 11, 2022.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The Third Sunday in Advent: December 11, 2022.
On the third Sunday in Advent, Marissa explores Isaiah's highway image and puts together a couple of puzzle pieces about the Gospel and the season. What do the texts have to tell us along with this season of "magic"? Where can we find hope for us and for everyone around us?
Nov 27, 2022 |
The First Sunday in Advent: "Look what I did with your love."| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The First Sunday in Advent: "Look what I did with your love."
On the first Sunday in Advent, Marissa wonders about the story we tell in this season, a story that has been passed down from generation to generation. How are we connected to the people who come before and after us? What will we do with the love that's been given to us? What is Advent all about?
Nov 06, 2022 |
The Feast of All Saints.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The Feast of All Saints.
On the Feast of All Saints, Marissa reflects on the history of the holiday and why it matters now. What does the tradition have to say to us about those we love and see no longer? And what does that have to do with our lives today and in this season?
Oct 23, 2022 |
The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost.
This Sunday, we heard the story of two men who went to the Temple to pray, but they did this same thing in two very different ways. What is Jesus trying to tell us about the Pharisee and the Tax Collector? What can we learn from both of them?
Oct 09, 2022 |
The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
On the 18th Sunday after Pentecost, the Gospel of Luke gives us a story about Jesus healing ten lepers. He asks them to do something really hard, and amazingly they all do it. But then only one of them does the right thing and comes back to say thank you. What can we learn about this story, where Jesus is, what he asks them to do, and how we can respond in gratitude?
Oct 02, 2022 |
The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.| The Rev. Julie V. Kelsey
The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost.
The Rev. Julie Kelsey explores the importance of baptism. What does it mean in community and why does it still matter for us today? Along with the texts from the Feast of Mary Magdalene, Julie helps us see what baptism means for us.
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.