Sermons at Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Good News, Bad News: Short Sermon, but Homework! Palm Sunday| Speaker: The Reverend Bill Nesbit
Good News, Bad News: Short Sermon, but Homework! Palm Sunday
We have heard the Passion hundreds of times; so many times, in fact, that often we stop listening. And we shouldn't! Here are a number of things to ponder as we enter the darkness of Holy Week, and remember two things. God does some of his best work in the dark, and the light will come!
The Scripture references are Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 118:19-26, and Philippians 2:5-11. The Gospel references are Luke 19:28-40 and the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.
The Return of Jesus, and His Snarky Sense of Humor: The Fifth Sunday in Lent| Speaker: The Reverend Bill Nesbit
The Return of Jesus, and His Snarky Sense of Humor: The Fifth Sunday in Lent
Jesus returns to the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus for a little R & R, but Judas whines about expenses. With a vintage comeback, Jesus both puts him in his place and reminds him, and us, of the importance of the poor. If we are paying attention!
The Scripture references are Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126, and Philippians 3:4b-14. The Gospel reference is John 12:1-8
The Parable of the Loving Father: The Fourth Sunday in Lent| Speaker: The Reverend Bill Nesbit
The Parable of the Loving Father: The Fourth Sunday in Lent
We know this parable more commonly as the Parable of the Prodigal Son, but if you read and pay attention to the story, both sons are in need of redemption. The focus of the story is really the Father, and his irrational irrepressible love for both of his self-absorbed sons. Gee, I wonder who the Father represents?!?
The Scripture references are Joshua 5:9-12, Psalm 32:1-7, and 2 Corinthians 5:16-21. The Gospel reference is Luke 15:1-3,11b-32.
One-Who-Stands-Before-His-People: The Third Sunday in Lent| Speaker: The Reverend Bill Nesbit
One-Who-Stands-Before-His-People: The Third Sunday in Lent
Moses was a special person in the life of the Jewish people. He was special to God as well. At least, God spoke to him. What if God speaks to people all the time, and the problem is that we don't listen. An imaginary look at Moses through the lens of the life of Enmegahbowh, the first Native American ordained to the priesthood.
The Scripture references are Exodus 3:1-15, Psalm 63:1-8, and 1 Corinthians 10:1-13. The Gospel reference is Luke 13:1-9.
New Words for Old Ideas: The Second Sunday in Lent| Speaker: The Reverend Bill Nesbit
New Words for Old Ideas: The Second Sunday in Lent
Of all the metaphors of spread wings to be found in the Bible, perhaps Jesus' use of the sheltering wings of a mother hen protecting her chicks best describes God's love for us. There's a lesson there for us all to look at the Scriptures with new eyes from time to time, putting aside our belief that we already know the lessons to be learned.
The Scripture references are Genesis 15:1-12,17-18, Psalm 27:1-7, and Philippians 3:17-4:1. The Gospel reference is Luke 13:31-35.
Meeting Temptation: The First Sunday in Lent| Speaker: The Reverend Bill Nesbit
Meeting Temptation: The First Sunday in Lent
Tempted three times by Satan in the wilderness, Jesus stayed true to His nature as the Son of God. He resisted the urge to use His power to alleviate the suffering inherent in His humanity, to put anyone or anything above God, and kept His faith and trust in God. As Jesus well knew, and as we should remember this Lent, God is with us in every aspect of our lives. We are never alone, and Jesus is proof of that.
The Scripture references are Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Psalm 91:9-16, and Romans 10:8b-13. The Gospel reference is Luke 4:1-13.
The Wild Abundance of God: Ash Wednesday| Speaker: The Reverend Bill Nesbit
The Wild Abundance of God: Ash Wednesday
The ashes we wear each Ash Wednesday are the ashes of our misplaced confidence in our own wishes, the ashes of our choices that take us away from the will of God, and the ashes of our own egos. They are also the ashes of new hope, of rebirth and rejuvenation, of the saving spirit of Jesus Christ, and of the redeeming life God has for us.
The Scripture references are Joel 2:1-2,12-17, Psalm 103:8-14, and 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10. The Gospel reference is Mathew6:1-6,16-21.
Being the Church: The Last Sunday after the Epiphany| Speaker: The Reverend Bill Nesbit
Being the Church: The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
At the Transfiguration Peter, James, and John see the Law and the Prophets - Moses and Elijah - with Jesus on the mountaintop. This melding of the old traditions in a new Word, the Living Word in Christ, changed the disciples forever. Their glimpse of the road ahead, the work yet to be done, was their own transfiguration. When we embrace our baptismal vows and live the life to which we are called we too are transfigured, becoming more and more like the body of Christ.
The Scripture references are Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99, and 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2. The Gospel reference is Luke 9:28-36.
The Point Is Love: The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany| Speaker: The Reverend Bill Nesbit
The Point Is Love: The Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany
How could Joseph ever forgive his brothers for selling him into slavery and telling his father that he was dead? How powerful must that love be to break through the walls of hatred we can build around our hearts? Jesus tells us that we must love, do good to, bless, and pray for those that hate us. It is that love called agapao, the love that is wholly unmotivated by any hope of return, that we are expected to show for those that despise us. That's the point of it all: We are loving not to save their souls, but ours. Once we love like that, fully and wholly with the love God has for us, there is no turning back.
The Scripture references are Genesis 45:3-11, 15, Psalm 37:1-9, and 1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50. The Gospel reference is Luke6:27-38.