Sermons on Mark

Sermons on Mark

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The Real Test Of Faith: Pentecost 26

Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost,   November 18, 2018 Year B, Proper 28: Samuel 1:4-20; Canticle: The Song of Hannah (Samuel 2:1-10); Hebrews 10:11-14, (15-18), 19-25; Mark 13:1-8 There was no recording of this sermon. If you can imagine the first time you went to a city like New York or Miami, or if you’re like me the first time you saw real mountains and the awe you felt, you get something of what Jesus’ disciples must have felt when they saw…
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God Is The Great Multiplier: Pentecost 25

Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost,   November 11, 2018 Year B, Proper 27: Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17; Psalm 127; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44 CLICK HERE to list to this sermon. The second part of today’s Gospel is often referred to as “The Widow’s Mite” and is quite often used in relation to stewardship and sacrificial giving. The widow gives of her poverty, putting everything she had into the temple box. Jesus draws the attention of his disciples and out attention to a woman…
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Hope Is Stronger Than Death: All Saints Day

All Saints Day,   November 4, 2018 Year B, Proper 26: Ruth 1:1-18; Psalm 146; Hebrews 9:11-14; Mark 12:28-34 CLICK HERE to list to this sermon. I generally don’t recommend Wikipedia as a highly reliable reference source, but its article pertaining to All Saints’ Day is pretty good. What the article says is this: “Christians who celebrate All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day do so in the fundamental belief that there is a prayerful, spiritual bond between those in heaven…
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Transforming Blindness: Pentecost 23

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost,   October 28, 2018 Year B, Proper 25: Job 42:1-6, 10-17;Psalm 34:1-8;Hebrews 7:23-28;Mark 10:46-52 CLICK HERE to listen to the recorded sermon. This morning we hear that Jesus is on the road. He has set his face towards Jerusalem. He knows he is going there to die. His apostles and other disciples are on the road with him, although they do not have the same certainty about what is to come. The original twelve have been joined…
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Open Hands Can Receive And Give: Pentecost 21

Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost,   October 14, 2018 Year B, Proper 23: Job 23:1-9, 16-17; Psalm 22:1-15; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31 CLICK HERE to listen to the recorded sermon. As I was thinking about today’s readings, I couldn’t help but think about the last several weeks and it suddenly occurred to me. Are all the material things I have here to serve me or am I here to serve them as I desperately look for storage spaces for more clothes than I…
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Are We Humble Enough To Serve? Pentecost 19

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost,   September 30, 2018 Year B, Proper 21: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20-22; Psalm 19:7-14; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50 CLICK HERE to listen to the recorded sermon. “We tried to stop him because he was not following us. We saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” Today’s gospel lesson is a continuation of last week’s gospel. And it’s not just the next scene—it’s part of…
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Jesus, The Hopeless Fanatic: Pentecost 18

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost,   September 23, 2018 Year B, Proper 20: Proverbs 31:10-31; Psalm 54; James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a; Mark 9:30-37 CLICK HERE to listen to the recorded sermon. In today’s Gospel passage from Mark, Jesus is teaching his disciples the difference between being considered great in the world and his expectation as how they are to be great in the Kingdom of God. Our reading today begins with, “They went on from there and passed through Galilee.”  Jesus and his…
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Commnity Is Central To The Christian Life: Pentecost 17

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost,   September 16, 2018 Year B, Proper 19: Proverbs 1:20-33; Psalm 19; James 3:1-12; Mark 8:27-38 CLICK HERE to listen to the recorded sermon. What a time we’ve been having here on the East Coast. There hasn’t been much sun, we’ve had 40 inches of rain in Shenandoah County since June, yet we can count our blessings as Rosemary Clooney used to sing. We are not in the path of what was Hurricane Florence and will likely…
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Lead A Life Worthy Of The Calling: Pentecost 11

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost,   August 5, 2018 Year B, Proper 13: 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a; Psalm 51:1-13; Ephesians 4:1-16; Mark 6:14-29 CLICK HERE to listen to the recorded sermon. What sign are you going to give us then?” The Gospel story from last week continues. It looks like some of the same people who wanted to make Jesus a king chased him across the lake. It’s this odd thing, they know he’s special and they want a piece of him. He can…
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Christ Is In Us And Always With Us: Pentecost 9

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost,   July 22, 2018 Year B, Proper 11: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a, 9-10; Psalm 89:20-37; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 CLICK HERE to listen to the recorded sermon. Sermon text unavailable.  The sermons are recorded at St. Andrew’s and uploaded by Kemp Miller, for whose ministry we are all grateful. You can listen to this sermon by clicking the link above, but to access the library of audio files for recent sermons, CLICK HERE.     
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Our royal invitation to God’s table: Pentecost 8

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost,   July 15, 2018 Year B, Proper 10: 1 Samuel 6:1-5; Psalm 24; Ephesians 1:3-13; Mark 6:14-29 CLICK HERE to listen to the recorded sermon. Have you ever wondered, even for a moment, what it would be like to be royalty? Have you ever indulged in a daydream that you’re really the child of a king or a queen? I know I did because when I was young the British Royal Family had children my age and I…
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Christ binds us together with love and healing: Pentecost 6

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost,   July 8, 2018 Year B, Proper 8: 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27; Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43 CLICK HERE to listen to the recorded sermon. If any of you have watched someone you love became sicker while medical help is ineffective or have been struck in traffic when trying to get someone to the emergency room, you have some idea of how Jairus felt in the Gospel we hear today. His twelve-year-old daughter was ill.…
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