Sermons from St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
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.
Mar 02, 2022 |
Ash Wednesday| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
On Ash Wednesday, as we enter into the season of Lent, Marissa explores the idea of a fast. In the passage from Isaiah, God tells us about the fast God wants for us in this season. But what does that mean? And how does it relate to our life and this new season of Lent?
Feb 27, 2022 |
The Last Sunday after the Epiphany.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The Last Sunday after the Epiphany.
On the last Sunday of Epiphany, Marissa looks for meaning in the Transfiguration and the healing story that follows. What do these two stories have to tell us about our discipleship, our need, and the world we live in?
Feb 20, 2022 |
The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany.
On the 7th Sunday after the Epiphany and the week after Valentine's Day, Marissa explores texts that appear to be all about love. Scripture seems to paint a different picture of this love - it's tough love, not exactly the love pop culture often portrays. What can we learn from about about this love?
Feb 06, 2022 |
The Feast of the Presentation| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The Feast of the Presentation
On the day of our Annual Meeting, Marissa transfers the Feast of the Presentation and talks about the celebration of Candlemas. While we may not rely as much as previous generations on candles, the light of a candle is still a wonderful concrete sign for us of the light of Christ. What else can we learn from this Feast as we tell the story of the year that's passed and begin to look toward the year ahead?
Jan 30, 2022 |
Love never ends.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
Love never ends.
On the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, Marissa explores Paul's famous epistle on love. Except, it isn't exactly the romantic treatise a lot of people make it out to be. What kind of love is Paul really talking about it? And what changes in our lives if we have it?
Jan 16, 2022 |
The Second Sunday after the Epiphany| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The Second Sunday after the Epiphany
On the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Marissa explores the story of Jesus' first miracle at a wedding at Cana. What must it have been like for the servants when Jesus told them to fill those huge jars with water? What do we make of God's foolish love? And what does this have to do with the broken world we live in today?
Jan 02, 2022 |
The Second Sunday after Christmas| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The Second Sunday after Christmas
“On the Second Sunday after Christmas and the first Sunday in the new calendar year, Marissa explores the theme of renewal in Jeremiah’s prophecy and wonders what it has to say to us about the three wise men and the year ahead.”
Nov 14, 2021 |
The Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost.| Meg Stapleton Smith
The Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost.
"In this sermon, Meg Stapleton Smith explores what it means to read the Gospel of Mark from the perspective of Mark's historical audience. Meg invites us to see that our Gospel passage for today is about radical trust in ourselves, in Christ, and in God."
Sep 26, 2021 |
The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
On the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Marissa explores the theme of identity in the passages. Who are you? Who will you be at the end of your life? What will you leave behind? What do Esther and the disciples have to teach us about this today?