Sermons

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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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.”...

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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...

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