Sermons from St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
"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
A parable and a plumb line.| The Rev. Marissa S. Rohrbach
A parable and a plumb line.
"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.