Sermons on Mark

Sermons on Mark

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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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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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Be not afraid—you’re not alone in the boat: Pentecost 5

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, June 24, 2018 Year B, Proper 8: 1 Samuel 17: (1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49; Psalm 9:9-20; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41 CLICK HERE to listen to the recorded sermon. In Mark’s gospel today, Jesus asks the disciples: Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith? They’re in a great windstorm. The gospel writer uses the word “great”, and in this context, the word great comes from the Greek word, megalē, which is also the root…
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Keep planting seeds and trust God for the harvest: Pentecost 4

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, June 17, 2018 Year B, Proper 6: 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13; Psalm 20; 2 Corinthians 5:6-17; Mark 4:26-34 CLICK HERE to listen to the recorded sermon. This week I had the opportunity to meet with a young woman who is applying for the diaconate in the Diocese of Virginia. To be a deacon is to be an ordained member of the clergy. For those of you who don’t know what a deacon is, Marty tells me that…
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Crazy, the Lord! Pentecost 3

Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 10, 2018 Year B, Proper 5: 1 Samuel 8:4-1, (12-15), 16-20, (11:14-15); Psalm 138; 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35 CLICK HERE to listen to the recorded sermon.  Today’s passage from Mark’s gospel is chock full of homiletical images nuggets. Any one preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ today would have a variety of options in how they take this sermon. “A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand”. That certainly seems rather prescient in today’s world.…
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Atonement = at-one-ment with God: Good Friday

First SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY,   January 7, 2018 Epiphany 1, Year B: Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9; Mark 9:2-9   CLICK HERE to listen to the recording. We have just heard some of the most beautiful, painful, heart-wrenching passages of scripture, juxtaposed with one of the holiest, most beautiful, painful, heart-wrenching moments of the Christian story. Jesus, our beloved healer, lover of souls, champion of the poor, weak, and oppressed, the man who washed the feet of his friends,…
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The Passion Story: Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018 Palm Sunday, Year B: Mark 11:1-11 or John 12:12-16;; Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; Isaiah 50:4-9a; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 14:1-15:47 or Mark 15:1-39, [40-47]; Psalm 31:9-16 CLICK HERE to listen to the recording. Mother Kathy felt the Passion Story, as read here so beautifully by Kemp Miller, should speak for itself. Her brief comments follow the Gospel reading. The sermons are recorded at St. Andrew’s and uploaded by Kemp Miller, for whose ministry we are all grateful. You can listen to…
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Jesus’s choice is our choice – Lent 2

Second SUNDAY Of Lent,   February 25, 2018 Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, Psalm 22:22-30, Romans 4:13-25, Mark 8:31-38 CLICK HERE to listen to recorded sermon. Perhaps it’s a bit irreverent, but I have this mental picture of the disciples. It’s several years after Jesus’ death and resurrection. The disciples are together. They are talking about the good old days, laughing, teasing, and reminiscing the way friends who have shared a life-changing experience often do. Then one of them looks at Peter and…
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