7/2/17 — Sacrifice of Isaac

Sermon / July 2, 2017 / The Rev. Anne F.C. Richards / Genesis 22:1-14 Today we have one of the most difficult stories in all of Scripture, the near-sacrifice of the boy Isaac by his father, Abraham. This is the kind of story that makes atheists and agnostics believe...

6/25/17 — Take Up Your Cross

Sermon / June 25, 2017 / The Rev. Anne F.C. Richards / Matthew 10:24-39 Jesus speaks some hard words in today’s gospel: I have a sword in my hand. I have come to sow dissension within your family. Your enemy is a member of your own household. You have to love me more...

6/18/17 — Fathers’ Day

Sermon / June 18, 2017 / Fathers Day / The Rev. Anne F.C. Richards / Matthew 9:35-10:8 There are people who study church growth for a living, and one of the things that these people have talked about recently is what they call the “feminization” of the church....

6/11/17 — Trinity Sunday

Sermon / June 11, 2017 / Trinity Sunday / The Rev. Anne F.C. Richards / Matthew 28:16-20 Today is the perfect day for our all-parish Eucharist because we have the perfect gospel for all of us to hear together. As Jesus is about to return to God, he tells his friends...

5/28/17 — Feast of the Ascension

Sermon / May 28, 2017 / Feast of the Ascension / The Rev. Anne F.C. Richards / John 17:1-11 / Last Sunday, at the 9:15 service, I said to the kids, “Tell me everything you know about Jesus.” And they said, “He was born on Christmas and he came back to life on Easter.”...

5/14/17 — Mothers’ Day

Sermon / May 14, 2017 / Mothers’ Day / The Rev. Anne F.C. Richards / John 14:1-14 / I want to talk about Mothers’ Day in terms of what Jesus told us: “Love one another as I have loved you.” This is Jesus’s core teaching. Note that it is not the Golden Rule: “Love your...

4/30/17 — Emmaus

Sermon / April 30, 2017 / The Rev. Anne F.C. Richards / Luke 24:13-35 /  Early last fall, right after I came to Grace, I went to Teresa’s early one Sunday morning to get something to eat before church. There weren’t many people there. As I ate breakfast, a man sitting...

4/16/17 — Easter Day

Sermon / April 16, 2017 / The Rev. Anne F.C. Richards / John 20:1-18 / Easter / Happy Easter and welcome to everyone! Thank you for coming to Grace Church to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord. The longer I am a Christian, the more I realize how beautiful...

4/14/17 — Good Friday

Sermon / April 14, 2017 / The Rev. Anne F.C. Richards / John 19:30 / Good Friday / “When Jesus had received the wine, he said, ‘It is finished.’ Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” “It is finished.” Those of you who have been in church on Good Friday over...