Sermons at Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Packing Light: The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost| Speaker: The Very Reverend Andria Skornik
Packing Light: The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
When Jesus sent the Disciples out with only the most basic items, He knew that the things we carry with us impact our spiritual lives and our ability to minister. What we carry with us every day, our mental, emotional and material "overpacking", is what can keep us from living a life close to God and to each other. The way of simplicity is the way of freedom, and Jesus calls us to that life. Let's heed His advice and choose carefully what we carry with us.
The Scripture references are Ezekiel 2:1-5, Psalm 123, and 2 Corinthians 12:2-10. The Gospel reference is Mark 6:1-13.
Reach Out, and Be Healed: The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost| Speaker: The Very Reverend Andria Skornik
Reach Out, and Be Healed: The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
In today's Gospel both the woman in the crowd and Jairus, the leader of the synagogue, desire healing from Jesus. What they also suffer from is the isolation that often accompanies illness of any kind, be it physical or mental. Both find themselves healed of the physical ailments that troubled them, but more importantly they are restored to community and are no longer isolated and alone. We have a wonderful healer in Jesus, and just as the woman and Jairus reached out to Him we need to remember to reach out to God in faith.
The Scripture references are Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15, 2:23-24, Psalm130, and 2 Corinthians 8:7-15. The Gospel reference is Mark 5:21-43.
Crossing Over: The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost| Speaker: The Reverend Douglas Rogers
Crossing Over: The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
We have more in common with the followers of the early church than we might suppose. They too were faced with accepting new followers from the Gentile world, people with different languages, customs, races, and understandings of the world. It can be unsettling, and we may find our faith tested in ways we could not suppose. But as the Disciples found on the Sea of Galilee, in the middle of the storm Jesus is still with us. He never promises to fix our world, but he does promise to give us the strength and faith to cross safely over to the other side.
The Scripture references are Job 38:1-11, Psalm 107:1-3,23-22, and 2 Corinthians 6:1-13. The Gospel reference is Mark 4:35-41.
Wait On God: The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost| Speaker: The Very Reverend Thomas Rosa
Wait On God: The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
The parable of the mustard seed reminds us to have the patience to wait on God's plan to come to fruition. From the small beginnings in the Galilee it has spread throughout the world to find a home in the hearts of people the whole world over. As Julian of Norwich said, "All will be well."
The Scripture references are Ezekiel 17:22-24, Psalm 92:1-4, 11-14, and 2 Corinthians 5:6-10,14-17. The Gospel reference is Mark 4:26-34.
What Makes Us Family? The Third Sunday after Pentecost| Speaker: The Very Reverend Andria Skornik
What Makes Us Family? The Third Sunday after Pentecost
As people of faith we are called to look beyond our flesh and blood, and beyond social norms to see that we are all brought into being by God and that through God we are all related. It is how we look at the things that we all share as human beings, the hopes and desires and wishing for a good and happy life, as things that all of us aspire to. We must not look at the human family as "us versus them", but rather that we are all children of God. Spiritual gifts are not like material goods; when we share those gifts they grow and do not diminish.
The Scripture references are Genesis 3:8-15, Psalm 138, and 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1. The Gospel reference is Mark 3:20-35.
Why Would We Wait? The Second Sunday after Pentecost| Speaker: Michael Smith
Why Would We Wait? The Second Sunday after Pentecost
The over-arching thread of Jesus' ministry that we see in the Gospels is His sense of immediacy. Refusing to be bound by the opinions and rules of the Pharisees, He preaches and heals and shares the resurrection life that he lives with everyone he meets. His rules are those that bring us to His Father, and God is at work everywhere and at every moment.
The Scripture references are 1 Samuel 3:1-10, Psalm 139:1-5,12-17, and 2 Corinthians 4:5-12. The Gospel reference is Mark 2:23-3:6.
Longing for Wholeness: Trinity Sunday| Speaker: The Very Reverend Andria Skornik
Longing for Wholeness: Trinity Sunday
Jesus tells Nicodemus that letting go of the concerns of this earthly life is the only way to enter into the life animated by God, that is, animated by love. The message is meant for us too. Jesus does not mean to fix the earthly things that worry us the most, the things that trouble the false self, but sets us free to embrace the spirit life God means for us as our true selves.
The Scripture references are Isaiah 6:1-8, Canticle 13, and Romans 8:12-17. The Gospel reference is John 3:1-17.
Don't Hold Back: The Day of Pentecost| Speaker: The Very Reverend Andria Skornik
Don't Hold Back: The Day of Pentecost
We often approach our faith like one approaches a new recipe, carefully following prescribed rules and never varying the ingredients. As our faith grows, though, we should move outside our comfort zone just as great chefs try new innovations and techniques. God has asked to be faithful, not infallible. We must look for God's spirit within us, and trust in that Spirit to help us seek out the persons and references that will help us to truly examine our faith. We have to learn to speak our truth, and to not remain silent when we see God's message of love co-opted or corrupted. The Spirit will support us when we do, and we will not fail.
The Scripture references are Acts 2:1-21, Psalm 104:25-35,37, and Romans 8:22-27. The Gospel reference is John 15:26-27,16:4b-15.
We Are Holy: Ascension Sunday| Speaker: The Very Reverend Andria Skornik
We Are Holy: Ascension Sunday
What does it mean to live a holy life? Holiness should not be confused with perfection. It's not something we can achieve on our own, but is received from God. When Jesus prayed for His disciples, He was also praying for those who belong to God, and who is not created and loved by God? He has made us holy, completely and irrevocably. We can and should fully live lives of reverence, in the deep joy of knowing who we are in God.
The Scripture references are Acts 1:1-11, Psalm 1, and Ephesians 1:15-23. The Gospel reference is John 17:6-19.
"What's Not To Love?" The Sixth Sunday of Easter| Speaker: The Very Reverend Andria Skornik
"What's Not To Love?" The Sixth Sunday of Easter
When we hear or read something that sounds profound or helpful, it's often our first instinct to think of how much someone else needs to hear it. We can be so comfortable in our righteousness, so aware of the shortcomings of others, that we neglect to look in the mirror at our own lives. When we take Jesus' commandment to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves truly to heart, and honestly examine ourselves as well as those we know, then we can truly grow in God's love. Looking in the mirror we see ourselves made in God's image, created for the task of loving.
The Scripture references are Acts10:44-48, Psalm 98:5-10, and 1 John 5:1-6. The Gospel reference is John 15:9-17.