Sermons

The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia

Sunday, September 20, The Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost, “Grumbling, Gratitude and Grace”

The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia gives the sermon on Jesus’ Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard in the Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 20:1-16). Click here to listen to the sermon.

The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia

Sunday, September 13, The Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost, “Forgiveness and Paying it Forward”

The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia gives the sermon and asks “what if we thought of forgiveness as paying it forward?” He invites us to recognize that whatever we have done, believe that you will receive mercy. As you have received forgiveness, you are called to pay it forward. Click here to listen to the sermon.

The Rev. M. Dion Thompson

Sunday, September 6, The Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost, “Surprised by Christ.”

Fr. Dion gives the sermon on Matthew 18:15-20 where Jesus says “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

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The Rev. M. Dion Thompson

Sunday, August 30, The Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost, “Called to Discipleship.”

Fr. Dion gives the sermon on Matthew 16:21-28. The greatest counter-cultural act is to gather and proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord. 

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The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia

Sunday, August 23, The Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost, “Who Do You Want To Be?”

The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia gives the sermon and explains why you are “unfinalizable.” Who do you want to be? Click here to listen to the sermon.

The Rev. Kathy Shahinian

Sunday, August 16, The Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost, “Appreciating God’s Mercy”

The Rev. Kathy Shahinian offers a sermon on Matthew 15: 21-28, which invites us to reexamine our hearts and calls us to new appreciation for all of God’s mercies. Click here to listen to the sermon.

The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia

Sunday, August 9, The Tenth Sunday After Pentecost, “Focus on the Horizon”

The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia gives the sermon and encourages us to focus on the horizon and you will get to your destination just fine, just as Jesus taught us. Click here to listen to the sermon.

The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia

Sunday, August 2, The Ninth Sunday After Pentecost, “Compassion”

The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia gives the sermon and reflects on compassion, as we hear in the Gospel of Matthew when Jesus feeds the five thousand. Click here to listen to the sermon.

The Rev. M. Dion Thompson

Sunday, July 26, The Eighth Sunday After Pentecost, “This Most Precious Thing.”

Fr. Dion gives this week’s sermon on the theme of “this most precious thing,” and how we describe the Kingdom of God and what it means to us.

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The Rev. M. Dion Thompson

Sunday, July 19, The Seventh Sunday After Pentecost, “Let Them Grow Together.”

Fr. Dion gives this week’s sermon on the theme of the slow work of God, and the challenge of being patient and trusting as God works through history and through our lives.

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The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia

Sunday, July 12, The Sixth Sunday After Pentecost, “The Roots Are Fine”

The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia gives the sermon and reflects on the theme that “the roots are fine” and the parable of the sower in Matthew 13. Click here to listen to the sermon.

The Rev. Jessica Sexton

Sunday, July 5, The Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

The Rev. Jess Sexton gives this week’s sermon on the Gospel reading from Matthew 11. “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Click here to hear the sermon.

 

 

The Rev. M. Dion Thompson

Sunday, June 28, The Fourth Sunday After Pentecost, “Mission Meets Hospitality”

A cup of cold water is a small thing. But if you’re thirsty, and I mean really, really thirsty, a cup of cold water is heavenly. Each gulp restores body and soul.

In this past Sunday’s gospel reading, a cup of cold water provided a powerful symbol of hospitality. The disciples were about to go on their first missionary journey. Jesus knew they would be rejected in some towns and welcomed in others. They would need to find hearts open to receive their message of the Good News. They would need hospitality for their mission to succeed.

In chapter 16 of the Acts of the Apostles, St. Luke tells a wonderful story of St. Paul’s mission in Philippi being furthered by the hospitality of a successful businesswoman named Lydia. Another example of hospitality can be found in the Third Letter of John, verses five through eight. Gaius, who is known for his Christian hospitality, is encouraged to help some missionaries who are heading his way.

The Christian witness is full of such stories in which hospitality meets mission and thus furthers the spread of the gospel. In a sense, hospitality is its own mission, its own form of worship.

The monks and nuns of the Benedictine Order have made hospitality a central part of their life. An entire chapter of the Rule of St. Benedict is dedicated to this idea. The chapter begins: “All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, who said: ‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me.’”

In her prayerful commentary on the Rule, Sister Joan Chittister writes: “Benedictine hospitality is the gift of one human being to another.” She encourages us who live outside the monastery walls to extend this sensibility to the world.

This missional aspect of hospitality must always be with us. For, we never know when Christ may appear before us, thirsty, seeking a cup of cold water.

Amen.

Fr. Dion

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The Rev. Jessica Sexton

Sunday, June 21, The Third Sunday After Pentecost, “Why are You a Christian”

The Rev. Jess Sexton gives this week’s sermon. “Why are you a Christian,” she asks? In today’s Gospel reading (Matthew 10:24-39), Jesus knows the challenges that can happen when we follow Him. We have to put Him as a priority in our lives and choose God everyday! Click here to hear the sermon.

 

 

The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia

Sunday, June 14, The Second Sunday After Pentecost

The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia gives the sermon and reflects on messages we hear and see, that shape our culture, our church, and our nation. God empowers us to cure the disease of prejudice and the unclean spirit of hatred. Click here to listen to the sermon.

The Rev. M. Dion Thompson

Sunday, June 7, The First Sunday After Pentecost, “The Weightier Matters”

Fr. Dion Thompson gives the sermon this Trinity Sunday recalling Matthew 23:23 where Jesus calls our attention to the “weightier matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness.”  Click here to hear the sermon.

 

The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia

Sunday, May 31, The Day of Pentecost

The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia gives the sermon on The Feast of Pentecost. “The greatest insights often come from the humblest of origins,” he says, and describes the disciples story in Acts 2:1-21. Click here to listen to the sermon.

The Rev. Jessica Sexton

Sunday, May 24, The Seventh Sunday of Easter, “You are Not Alone”

The Rev. Jess Sexton gives this week’s sermon. Today’s Gospel (1 Peter: 4:12-14; 5:6-11) says “Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.” Jess+ asks, “How do you handle anxiety, stress, and worry?” Jesus prayed for the disciples when they were nervous and scared. In prayer, tell God what you are worried about. You are not alone!Click here to hear the sermon.

 

 

Ford Rowan

Sunday, May 17, The Sixth Sunday of Easter, “Transition

This week’s guest preacher is Ford Rowan, member of St. Anne’s and professional journalist, lawyer, author, and teacher. Ford talks about transitions, health risks, and rewards. He discusses the transition facing us today and the one facing the Apostles 2000 years ago. Click here to hear the sermon.

 

The Rev. M. Dion Thompson

Sunday, May 10, The Fifth Sunday of Easter, “Divine Love

The Rev. Dion Thompson offers this week’s sermon about how divine love holds us in these hurting times. See the image below mentioned in the message. Click here to hear the sermon.

The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia

Sunday, May 3, The Fourth Sunday of Easter, “Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring.

The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia offers this week’s sermon on resurrection. He tells us that fear is a justified emotion, a justified reaction. “At the same time, we meet fear with hope. And hope is cultivated by devotion. Let’s acknowledge our fears and lay them at the feet of the cross.” Click here to listen to the sermon.

The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia

Sunday, April 26, The Third Sunday of Easter Sunday, “Experience Shapes Reality

The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia offers a sermon on resurrection. Experience shapes our reality, just as it did for Jesus’ disciples. We are assured that we can rest in Jesus, and invited to share in spiritual community with God and each other. Click here to listen to the sermon.

The Rev. Jessica Sexton

Sunday, April 19, The Second Sunday of Easter, “The Prayer of St. Francis”

The Rev. Jess Sexton gives this week’s sermon. The Gospel is the familiar and timely story of Jesus appearing to Thomas. With everything going on around us, Rev. Jess challenges us to think about what do we need from God right now? There is beauty and hope in the resurrection: that the peace and love of our Savior is here right now and has never left us. Invite God to hear what is aching your soul. He showed up to Thomas, and to us as well.Click here to hear the sermon.

See the photos Jess+ mentions in her sermon here

 

The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia

Sunday, April 12, Easter Sunday, “Whom Do You Look to for Help?

On this Easter Sunday, we present the complete service with music, scripture, prayers, and sermon. The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia asks, “Whom do you look to for help?” The Lord is Risen! Alleluia! Click here to hear the full service.

The Rev. M. Dion Thompson

Sunday, April 5, The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, “Thanks Be to God!

The Rev. M. Dion Thompson invites us to walk to the cross and beyond, knowing that these days will end and that something unexpected and new will begin. As ever, our prayer remains, “Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ!” Click here to hear the sermon.

The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia

Sunday, March 29, The Fifth Sunday in Lent, “Jesus Wept

Hear this week’s sermon from The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. The Gospel reading centers around the Bible’s shortest verse: “Jesus Wept” (John 11:35). Manoj+ also reflects on Jesus staying in place, and encourages us to stay in place by centering ourselves in prayer. Click here to hear the sermon.

The Rev. Jessica Sexton

Sunday, March 22, The Fourth Sunday in Lent, “God’s Prayer in Times of Fear”

In the name of my redeemer, sustainer, and friend. Amen.

Landon Saunders had a 30-minute radio show in the 1960’s that was heard by millions across the US (some of you may remember him). One afternoon, it was about 10 minutes before he was about to go on the air and it was announced that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. In that moment Saunders knew that everything he had prepared to talk about that day was pointless. DOWNLOAD PDF or click here to hear the sermon.

The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia

Sunday, March 15, The Third Sunday in Lent, “How are we to Live Amidst this Crisis?

On this third Sunday in Lent, hear the sermon from our Rector Rev. Manoj Zacharia. “Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen” Click here to hear the sermon.

The Rev. M. Dion Thompson

Sunday, March 8, The Second Sunday in Lent, “O Love, How Deep

On the Second Sunday in Lent, the Rev. Dion Thompson spoke on God’s divine message of love. “God loves each and every one of us, as if there’s only one of us to love,” he said. “Knowing who we are, knowing that we will reject his Son and despise his Son and crucify his Son… God so loved the world that he gave his own Son.” Click here to hear the sermon.

The Rev. Dr. Manoj Mathew Zacharia

Sunday, March 1, The First Sunday in Lent, “The Power of Confession”

On this first Sunday in Lent, our Rector Rev. Manoj Zacharia speaks of the power of confession. In this sermon, Manoj+ focused on today’s Epistle, from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans. “What has dominion or reigns over you?” Manoj+ asked. “What grips your soul?” Click here to hear the sermon.