Sermons

The Rev. Dr. Timothy Mulder

January 6, 2019 The Feast of the Epiphany “Did You Find Everything You Were Looking For?”

“Did you find everything you were looking for?” the clerk asked at the check-out line. Not a bad question not only for those wise men from the East, but for each of us as we begin a new year.  “Did you find what you were looking for?” is really quite a spiritual question.

But I wonder if we might have it backwards.  Perhaps this story is not so much who they were looking for, as it is about the God who was looking for them.  God gives clues, signs and stars and puts people into our path to lead us and point us to God.  DOWNLOAD PDF

The Rev. M. Dion Thompson

Sunday December 30, The First Sunday of Christmas “A Safe Space for All”

We have just heard one of the most beautiful, majestic and profound passages in all of Holy Scripture, and possibly in all of literature. Just about everything you need to know about the gospel of Jesus Christ is here. Many scholars say these 18 verses are a song of the early church. Imagine a small community of Christians in Ephesus, gathering in someone’s home to sing their song of faith:

In the beginning was the Word. The light shines in the darkness. The Word became flesh. No one has ever seen God, but the Lord Jesus Christ has made him known to us. DOWNLOAD PDF

The Rev. Dr. Timothy Mulder

December 24, 2018 Christmas Eve “Starry Night”

It was summer, 1889, in those darkest of hours just before the dawn. He peered through the bars of the window in his room in the asylum at St. Rémy-en-Provence and sat down at the little desk in his room to wrote a letter to his brother, Theo, describing the magnificence of the morning stars. He wanted to paint them, but was not allowed paint in his room, so he would need to hold on to this moment and paint it later from memory. DOWNLOAD PDF

The Rev. Dr. Timothy Mulder

December 23, 2018 The Fourth Sunday of Advent

As we light the final candle of Advent for this year I wonder if you might take a moment to reflect, how has this Advent brought you closer to God?

For me, it came through a simple cartoon I saw the other day. It was a variation on the theme of a Santa’s list, you know: “He’s making a list, checkin’ it twice; gonna’ find out who’s naughty and nice. Santa Claus is coming to town.”

Perhaps you grew up in an era when parents, often people barely out of their teens themselves and not really expert at this thing called parenting, would resort to the threat that to get what you wanted from Santa you’d better behave, you’d better be nice – especially to your little sister! DOWNLOAD PDF

The Rev. Jessica Sexton

Sunday December 16, The Third Sunday of Advent “Fear Not and Trust Always!”

Are you a worrywart? a nervous Nelly? Maybe an anxious Alice?

We all worry. Some of us more than others.

We worry about our finances, our relationships, our kids, the maintenance on our homes, our health, and the world. And it’s the Christmas season which means our nervous energy increases about 100 fold–where we worry about not forgetting to get anyone a present, or if we made enough food, or whether or not the house is decorated like a Hallmark Christmas card. DOWNLOAD PDF

 

The Rev. M. Dion Thompson

Sunday December 2, The First Sunday of Advent “The Power of the Promise”

The days are surely coming declares the Lord when I will fulfil the good promise I have made.

Good morning and Happy New Year. That our liturgical year begins several weeks before the calendar year gently reminds us that we as Christians are called to be slightly out of step with the word. We march to a different drummer and a different tune. This year we’ll explore the Gospel of Luke and once again encounter its timeless stories: The Rich Man and Lazarus; The Prodigal Son; The Good Samaritan. And we’ll also hear the wonderfully disturbing question posed on the day of Resurrection: “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” DOWNLOAD PDF

The Rev. M. Dion Thompson

Sunday October 28, The Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost “The Universal Cry”

Today’s gospel is one of my favorite stories because it gives voice to the universal cry in all of us. It describes the sacred encounter between ourselves and Jesus Christ, and the magnificent response that calls us into new life.

Who hasn’t found themselves in the darkness of despair or grief, isolated by sorrow, confused by the chances and seeming injustices of life that can come upon us with a sudden and devastating power? In a sense we are all Bartimaeus, and we are the fickle crowd, and we are the bearers of Christ’s love and mercy, all of us brought together by the universal cry that is embedded in our liturgy: Lord have mercy; Christ have mercy; Lord have mercy. DOWNLOAD PDF

The Rev. M. Dion Thompson

Sunday September 30, The Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost “Salted with Christ”

Today’s message comes with the title, Salted With Christ. It is an idea we find beautifully expressed in our epistle, where James writes: “Are any of you suffering? They should pray. … Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church. … Pray for one another, so that you may be healed.”

That’s the prescription for a community sated with the love, concern and compassion of Christ. It is also a description of our community when we are at our best. DOWNLOAD PDF

The Rev. Dr. Timothy Mulder

September 9, 2018 The Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost “Learning to Love…More”

Have you noticed the school buses on the streets of Annapolis this week? The children are going back to school.  Take a moment – who were your best teachers? For me, there was Mrs. Schaffer, who taught us to diagram sentences, Dr. Dreeland who showed us how to dissect a frog, and Ms. Thomas who taught African-American history. Then there was Ed Jousma, not a classroom teacher, but my boss for four years at the ski shop who taught me about work and treating everyone with respect. DOWNLOAD PDF

The Rev. M. Dion Thompson

Sunday September 2, The Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost “Guard Your Newsfeed”

“This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” (Mark 7:6)

Today’s theme, Guard Your Newsfeed, asks us to be alert to what we take in, to what we allow into our hearts and into our lives. DOWNLOAD PDF

The Rev. Dr. Timothy Mulder

August 26, 2018 The Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost “What is Essential to You Every Day?”

This is the fourth Sunday Jesus talks about bread in our assigned readings. He talked about it so much because it was present on every table at every meal for every person in his time; it did not distinguish between rich and poor, young and old, Gentile and Jew – everybody ate bread everyday; it was the great essential. Jesus was talking about what is essential to be a person fully alive, right with God and with our neighbors. Today, we need to ask ourselves, is Jesus essential for my life, every day? DOWNLOAD PDF

The Rev. Dr. Timothy Mulder

August 12, 2018 The Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost “Strength to Continue”

Ahab, the king of Israel in the 9th century BC did not care for God or the citizens he ruled. He cared only for himself. He married Jezebel who worshiped the agricultural and fertility gods of her homeland, known as Ba’al, and decided set up temples to Ba’al throughout Israel.

The god of the Hebrews was displeased and sent Elijah to inform the king that the consequence of his disloyalty was that a drought was to come to the land. Elijah, by the way, means, “My god is YHWH.” There are lots of gods; Elijah was clear who he worshiped. Ahab called Elijah an old troublemaker, and a few other things, too. DOWNLOAD PDF

The Rev. M. Dion Thompson

Sunday August 5, The Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost “Promises You Can Trust”

We have a glorious celebration ahead of us this morning as we prepare to baptize several young children and bring them into the sacred Body of Christ. Not only is this our duty, but it is also in keeping with what Jesus says in Mark’s gospel: “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such that the Kingdom of God belongs.” DOWNLOAD PDF

The Rev. Dr. Timothy Mulder

July 29, 2018 The Tenth Sunday After Pentecost “Trusting God, from one duck to the next.”

Last year, the British government instituted an office for dealing with the rising level of anxiety in the land. If you were to make a list, what would you say you worry about? One source ranks worries this way: money and the future, job security, relationships, health.  You might have a different list or ranking.  Sometimes we worry about little things. An old Swedish proverb says, “Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.” But I also just finished a book about a time during the Reagan administration when our leaders were seriously worried about a nuclear war with the Soviet Union.  DOWNLOAD PDF

The Rev. M. Dion Thompson

Sunday July 22, The Ninth Sunday After Pentecost “Those Who Hunger and Thirst”

“And he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd.” (Mark 6:34)

Today’s sermon has a verse that came to me apart from the lectionary. This happens sometimes. I’ll start with the readings, then another verse forces its way in and won’t go away. It’s like a child tugging at your sleeve, trying to get your attention. This week’s message comes from the Beatitudes as found in Matthew’s gospel, chapter 5, verse 6: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” DOWNLOAD PDF