Sermons by The Rev. Kathleen Murray

Sermons by The Rev. Kathleen Murray

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The Kingdom Of God Has Come Near: Pentecost 4

Fourth sunday After Pentecost: July 7, 2019 Year C, 2 Kings 5:1-14;  Psalm 30; Galatians 6:[1-6], 7-16; Luke 9:51-62        There is no recording available for this sermon. Please read the text below. In last week’s Gospel lesson, Jesus began his journey to Jerusalem. The next thing in the Gospel of Luke is today’s reading.  Jesus appointed seventy “others.” It doesn’t really describe them, but they were definitely not the twelve apostles. We assume they were Jesus’ disciples,…
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A Profound Journey With Christ: Pentecost 3

Third sunday After Pentecost: June 30, 2019 Year C, 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21;  Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20; Galatians 5:1, 13-25; Luke 9:51-62        There is no recording available for this sermon. Please read the text below. In this morning’s reading from Luke’s gospel, we’re confronted with a Jesus unlike the Jesus most of us know (or want to know). The Jesus we know is the most compassionate and caring individual in history – the one in Luke’s gospel might…
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The Challenge Of Freedom In Christ: Pentecost 2

Second sunday After Pentecost: June 23, 2019 Year C, 1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a;  Psalm 42; Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 8:26-39        There is no recording available for this sermon. Please read the text below. Let’s look for a minute at the story of the Gerasene demoniac. This is one that often doesn’t get a lot of attention because I think preachers tend to shy away from having to talk about demons. I personally have often found it easier…
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Embrace The Mystery: Trinity Sunday

Trinity Sunday (The first sunday after pentecost): June 9, 2019 Year C, Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31;  Psalm 8; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15         There is no recording available for this sermon. Please read the text below. Jesus says something curious in today’s gospel: “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” Why do you suppose that Jesus said that? He was speaking to his disciples. What did he mean? Did he know…
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Pentecost’s Invitation Today: Pentecost

The Day Of Pentecost: June 9, 2019 Year C, Acts 2:1-21;  Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; Romans 8:14-17; John 14:8-17, 25-27         There is no recording available for this sermon. Please read the text below. Imagine you were part of the scene at Pentecost:  The city of Jerusalem was teeming with tourists in town to offer the first fruits of their spring wheat Harvest. You are trying to get to the Temple, but you find it is crowded with other…
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Follow Where The Holy Spirit Beckons: Easter 6

Sixth Sunday of Easter: May 26, 2019 Year C, Acts 16:9-15;  Psalm67; Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5; John 14:23-29 There is no recording available for this sermon. Please read the text below. On Friday, I attended an event that I will attend only once in my lifetime, I am sure: a graduation at the United States Naval Academy. A flyover by the Blue Angels that the program said would be at 10:04 and at exactly 10:04 according to the Jumbotron clock that…
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Inspired By Tabitha: Easter 4

Fourth Sunday of Easter: May 12, 2019 Year C, Acts 9:36-43;  Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30 At the time of this posting, there was no recording of this sermon. The text is below. Most of you have met my dog, Pal. Many of you haven’t met the one I sometimes lovingly call “crazy cat”. She and Pal don’t get along too well and as long as Pal is in the house, she tends to dwell in the lower level…
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Good News For Our Lives: Easter 3

Third Sunday of Easter: May 5, 2019 Year C, Acts Acts 9:1-20;  Psalm 30; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19 Click HERE to listen to the sermon. In our Collect for this Third Sunday of Easter, we read, “Open the eyes of our faith that we may behold him in all his redeeming work.” If we could neatly summarize all of God’s salvation into easy sentences, this would be at the top of my list, especially the end phrase “in all his…
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The Lessons Of Thomas: Easter 2

Second Sunday of Easter: April 28, 2019 Year C, Acts 5:27-32;  Psalm 118:14-29; Revelation 1:4-8; John 20:19-31 At the time of this posting, there was no recording of this sermon. The text is below. “I am the Alpha and the Omega”, says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come.” This the Lord Jesus Christ, the resurrected Lord of Easter Day who speaks to the disciples. The Lord who is and who was and who…
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Alleluia, Christ Is Risen! Easter Day

Easter Day: April 21, 2019 Year C, Acts 10:34-43;  Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; John 20:1-18 At the time of this posting, there was no recording of this sermon. The text is below. Alleluia, Christ is Risen! The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia! Today we have heard one of the Easter Morning Resurrection stories from John’s Gospel. It begins with a solitary figure walking through darkness. Mary Magdalene has broken through her fear in order to tend the body…
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Where Is God? Good Friday

Good Friday: April 19, 2019 Year C, Isaiah 52:13-53:12;  Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25; John 18:1-19:42 There was no recording of this sermon. The text is below. In his book Night, Elie Wiesel describes the gruesome execution of a boy in the concentration camp. He talks about other prisoners being forced to watch him hang in prolonged suffering and eventual death on those gallows, about another prisoner asking the question any one of us might ask: Where is God? Indeed. Where is God, in moments like…
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The Mandate To Love: Maundy Thursday

Good Friday: April 18, 2019 Year C, Exodus 12:1-14;  Psalm 116:1, 10-17; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35 There was no recording of this sermon. The text is below. Perhaps the most common question I get about Holy Weeks is about Maundy Thursday, or what’s known in other churches as Holy Thursday. The one thing people often ask is this: what does “Maundy” mean? It’s a good question. Who uses the term “maundy” in their daily life? For those on…