Sermons at Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Welcome to the Mystery of an Empty Tomb - Easter Day| Speaker: The Reverend Bill Nesbit
Welcome to the Mystery of an Empty Tomb - Easter Day
People come to church on Easter for a lot of reasons, some of them not the best. It really doesn't matter. We all come to the resurrection with a sense of disbelief, amazement, and faith in varying amounts. If you want all the answers, you might try somewhere else, but if you want to wrestle over great questions in search of wisdom, well this might be your new/old home!
The Scripture references are Isaiah 65:17-25, Psalm 118:1-12,14-24, and Acts 10:34-43.
Easter's Greatest Hit! - The Great Vigil of Easter| Speaker: The Reverend Bill Nesbit
Easter's Greatest Hit! - The Great Vigil of Easter
Sixteen hundred years ago, John Chrysostom wrote the greatest Easter sermon ever! The Orthodox Christians hear this sermon EVERY year on Easter. Now you will know why!
The Vigil Readings are The Story of Creation, Genesis 1:1-2:4a; The Flood, Genesis 7:1-5,11-18, 8:6-18, and 9:8-13; Israel's Deliverance at the Red Sea, Exodus 14:10-31, 15:20-21; and The Valley of Dry Bones, Ezekiel 37:1-14. The additional Scripture reference is Romans 6:3-11. The Gospel reference is Luke 24:1-12.
What Are We to Make of the Cross? - Good Friday| Speaker: The Reverend Bill Nesbit
What Are We to Make of the Cross? - Good Friday
Today the cross stands before us in all it's terrible glory. Bad theology has made it a "cross to bear" for the church long enough. In the words of Jesus, "It is Finished!" God's love wins, even on Good Friday.
The Scripture references are Isaiah 42:13-53:12, Psalm 40:1-14, and Hebrews 10:16-25. The Gospel is The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to John, John 19:1-37.
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.