Sermons from St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
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 |
"Holding Fast To Joy"| Rev. Molly James, Ph.D
Nov 29, 2020 |
"Watching and waiting."| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
"Watching and waiting."
On the first Sunday of Advent, Jesus warns us to look at the signs. Isaiah wants the people to see proof of God's wonders. And we are all called to pay attention. What will you do with this time of intention? What will you create or give in this season as we prepare for the greatest gift of all?
Nov 15, 2020 |
Invest. Grow. Give. Sow| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
Invest. Grow. Give. Sow
In the midst of a few weeks of parables, this week we hear the parable of the talents. Every parable of Jesus has good news for us, and promises of the future - but what does this parable have to say to us about our life now?
Nov 08, 2020 |
Lamps & oil.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
Lamps & oil.
On the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost, as we begin to make our way to a change of season, Matthew's Gospel reminds us that we should be alert, waiting for the coming of the Lord. But unlike the season of Advent, which we'll experience together in a few weeks, this warning to be alert is looking for the second advent of Christ - not the first. What does this parable have to tell us about waiting? About hope? And about how to be prepared?
Nov 01, 2020 |
The Feast of All Saints| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
The Feast of All Saints
The Feast of All Saints is a special day in the church calendar when we remember the Saints and saints who have gone before us. And the text directs us to wonder about how we fit into the story. So, how do we fit into the story of the saints? And what about this piece of the Sermon on the Mount we hear today, the famous Beatitudes?
Oct 11, 2020 |
Modern day idols.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
Modern day idols.
This week, we have three challenging texts, all with different stories to tell. Marissa looks specifically at Moses and St. Paul and wonders about our relationships with God and with each other. What are the modern day idols that keep us from God? What are the things that keep us from being of the same mind?
Sep 27, 2020 |
Is the Lord with us?| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
Is the Lord with us?
This Sunday we hear about the wilderness, Christ's humility, and the heart of the one who does the work of God. Three interesting passages of scripture that have a lot to say to us about our vocations as Christians. What can we learn from these examples, and what is God's good news?
Sep 20, 2020 |
Collectives & belonging.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
Collectives & belonging.
On St. Matthew's Day, we gathered for our first Spiritual Communion. This ancient practice of the church assures us that we can participate in the Sacrament by simply being a part of it, seeing the elements, and inviting Jesus into our hearts. This coincided with hearing the story of St. Matthew, our patron. And the beginning of a new spiritual journey for the parish. So what do all these things have to do with each other - and with the beginning of this new program year - in the midst of coronatide? And geese?
Sep 13, 2020 |
Forgiveness by the numbers.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
Forgiveness by the numbers.
In the Gospel this week, Jesus teaches about forgiveness. He shares a parable that is supposed to shock us a little. We are supposed to be stunned by God's generosity into being generous ourselves. How often are we supposed to forgive?
Sep 06, 2020 |
Conflict, Confrontation & the Church| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
Conflict, Confrontation & the Church
In the Gospel this week, Jesus prepares us (and the whole church!) for conflict. He knows that there will always be conflict in life - and in the church. So, how are we supposed to respond to conflict? And what about forgiveness? And where is the good news?
Aug 30, 2020 |
The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost.| The Rev. Dcn. Don Burr
The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
The sermon tells the stories of two men shot by police and how those shootings occuring a half century apart are bound to current times. Scripture speaks and it's up to us to listen and respond.
Aug 23, 2020 |
A way out of no way.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
A way out of no way.
On the 12th Sunday after Pentecost, we hear two familiar stories: the confession of St. Peter, when he names Jesus as the Christ, and the story of Moses being saved as a child. What do they have to say to us now, to any of us in the midst of what the Psalmist calls the "overwhelming waters"?