Sermons by The Rev. Kathleen Murray

Sermons by The Rev. Kathleen Murray

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God Always Comes To Meet Us: Community Lenten Service

Community Lenten Service March 19, 2019 Year C, Matthew 1:18-25 No recording available. This sermon was delivered at the Woodstock United Methodist Church. 18Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 20But just…
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Our Hope Is With Jesus: Lent 2

SEcond Sunday in Lent: March 17, 2019 Year C, Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18;  Psalm 27; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:31-35 CLICK HERE to listen to the sermon. On this second Sunday in Lent, we hear in our gospel about Christ’s journey to Jerusalem is about as far apart in terms of time as you can get at least in the Gospel of Luke. We’ve jumped more than nine chapters in the Gospel of Luke, taking us from the very beginning of Jesus’…
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Invitation To A Holy Lent: Lent 1

First Sunday in Lent: March 10, 2019 Year C, Deuteronomy 26:1-11;  Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16; Romans 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-3 No recording available for this sermon. Today’s Gospel passage begins with what seems to be paradox or contradiction. Luke tells us that Jesus is full of the Holy Spirit, but he is led into the emptiness or nothingness of the wilderness. Simultaneous fullness and emptiness. This seems to be irreconcilable – how can there be fullness and emptiness at the same time? Yet, stories…
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We Are Forever Changed: Last Sunday After Epiphany

Last Sunday after the Epiphany: March 2, 2019 Year C, Exodus 34:29-35;  Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-36; [37-43a] CLICK HERE to listen to the sermon. This may be a little-known fact about Episcopal seminaries: like many colleges and universities, there’s a fair amount of competition between the schools. Which is more academic, which is more liturgically high church, which is positively medieval, which is most social-justice-oriented.? You get the picture. As most of you know, I attended General…
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Courage To Forgive And Love: Epiphany 7

Epiphany 7: February 24, 2019 Year C, Genesis 45:3-1, 15; Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40; 1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50; Luke 6:27-38 CLICK HERE to listen to the sermon. If ever there were three words in the gospel that presented a huge problem, I think “love your enemies”,[1] are they. On the face of it this is an outlandish thing to say. Enemies are, practically by definition, people you can’t love. I am quite certain that even when Jesus spoke these words two…
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Need Can Lead Us To God: Epiphany 6

Epiphany 6: February 17, 2019 Year C, Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1; 1 Corinthians 15:12-20; Luke 6:17-26 CLICK HERE to listen to the sermon. You may recognize the Gospel you just heard—if not the words, then certainly the theme. In the Gospel of Matthew, this is referred to as the Sermon on the Mount; what we hear in today’s Gospel in Luke is often referred to as the Sermon on the plain. When you think about this Gospel, think about what…
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Are You Willing To Be Fishermen? Epiphany 5

Epiphany 5: February 10, 2019 Year C, Isaiah 6:1-8, [9-13]:  Psalm 138; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11;Luke 5:1-11 CLICK HERE to listen to the sermon. The gospel for today is the story of Jesus taking some of his disciples on a fishing expedition on Lake Gennesaret. We are told that Jesus was standing by the lake and saw the crowds fast approaching him. He saw Simon the fisherman and asked to be taken out onto the lake in one of the boats.…
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God’s Grace Among Us: Epiphany 4

Epiphany 4: February 3, 2019 Year C, Epiphany 4:  Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; I Corinthians 13:1-13; John 4:21-30 No audio available for this sermon. “When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. But he passed through the midst of them and went on…
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How Is God’s Love Manifest In You? Epiphany 3

Epiphany 3: January 27, 2019 Year C, Epiphany 3:  Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; I Corinthians 12:12-31a; John 4:14-21 CLICK HERE to listen to this sermon. Today’s gospel from Luke presents us with Jesus’ first act of public ministry. In our gospel text we hear that reports about him have likely been spreading through the population[1], probably the result of his healing miracles and his synagogue teaching. When Jesus comes to the synagogue in his hometown of Nazareth, he…
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The Table Is Always Set For All: Epiphany 2

Epiphany 2: January 20, 2019 Year C, Epiphany 2:  Isaiah 62:1-65; Psalm 36:5-10; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11 CLICK HERE to listen to this sermon. I find today’s Gospel passage to be very interesting. Like most mothers I know Mary is concerned because the wedding guests are about to run out of food, or in this case, wine. Mary starts out as the real hero, telling Jesus do to something for these folks who are in serious trouble. One ancient legend…
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Rejoice, The Light Has Come Into The World: Feast of the Epiphany

Feast of the EPIPHANY,   january 6, 2019 Year C, Feast of the Epiphany:  Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12 CLICK HERE to listen to this sermon. I was reading the Philadelphia Inquirer yesterday and the yearly article about Three Kings Day appeared. Especially for many people from Spanish and Eastern European traditions, the Christmas season lasts until today, January 6th, the 12th day of Christmas. It is known as Three Kings’ Day. I recall as a child that…
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Lessons and Carols at St. Andrew’s: First Sunday After Christmas

First Sunday After Christmas,   December 30, 2018 Year C, First Sunday After Christmas: Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalm 147; Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7; John 1:1-18 CLICK HERE to listen to this entire service from St. Andrew’s.                                                                           The sermons are recorded at St. Andrew’s and uploaded by…