Sermons by The Rev. Kathleen Murray

Sermons by The Rev. Kathleen Murray

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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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Walk With Jesus In Love: Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday: April 14, 2019 Year C, Liturgy of the Palms: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29;  Luke 19:28-40 Year C, Liturgy of the Word: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Philippians 2:5-11; Psalm 31:9-16; Luke 22:14-23:56 At the time of this posting, there was no recording of this sermon. The text is below. Palm Sunday. I have a friend who tells me nothing more need be said because the Liturgy of the Palms and the Passion say it all. Yet, I think a word does need…
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Reckless Faith: Lent 5

Fifth Sunday in Lent: April 7, 2019 Year C, Isaiah 43:16-21;  Psalm 126; Philippians 3:8-14; John 12:1-8 At the time of this posting, there was no recording of this sermon. The text is below. John tells us a rather intriguing story in today’s story, indeed a bit of a scandalous story in today’s gospel. Jesus has stopped by the home of Lazarus before entering Jerusalem for the last time. The Passover is near. When Jesus arrives there in Bethany, his…
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In God’s Kingdom, The Law Is Grace: Lent 4

Fourth Sunday in Lent: March 31, 2019 Year C, Joshua 5:9-12;  Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 This was a joint service held at St. Andrew’s. There was no recording of this sermon. The text is below. “There was a man who had two sons.” That begins one of the most memorable and famous stories in the New Testament, a story commonly called “The Prodigal Son”, or the Prodigal Son and His Brother”. The younger son demanded his…
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We Are Standing On Holy Ground: Lent 3

Third Sunday in Lent: March 24, 2019 Year C, Exodus 3:1-15;  Psalm 63:1-8; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9 CLICK HERE to listen to the sermon. Growing up I watched a lot of TV. One of the programs was the Rifleman. I alternately liked it and was scared of it because of the opening scene with the gunfire. There are times even now, I’ll still watch the Rifleman when I find it on a station. I don’t really know why, but…
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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…