Coming soon: download and print access to sermons preached prior to May 2020.

Audio Sermons

Audio versions of many of our past sermons are also available at SoundCloud where you may listen on your computer or download sermons to your phone. If you use iTunes, Stitcher, or another podcast service, subscribe to “St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Durham, NC”.

Video Worship Services and Sermons

If you are looking for our 10am Sunday worship service, visit our Facebook page. After the service, the video will remain available for later viewing. Currently this video service is virtual Eucharist only, with music, and the sermon follows in a separate video. The video link is additionally embedded in each sermon posting as listed on the home page of this site following the Facebook broadcast.

Sermon Blog Posts back to May 2020

Economics and Freedom

The parable of the workers in the vineyard calls us to re-evaluate our owneconomy, to value people over productivity. Matthew 20: 1-16 By Sam Laurent, PhD Let’s talk economics, old school. The Greek word oikos, which means“house” or “home” is the root word for our English word “economy.” We getit by way of the Greek … Continue reading Economics and Freedom

Love One: An Other

We are waking to many societal inequities. We can heal ourselves and our community by investing in prayer, study and action.

Words of Faith | August 16, 2020

Our words matter! We hear this in today’s reading from Matthew. Here we find Jesus teaching that words can defile the body. He tells us that it is not what goes
into the mouth that matters, but instead what comes out. Our Christian journey calls for us to break free of the stories we have been told about our place, our power, and our privilege.

The Miracle of Sufficiency | August 2, 2020

Remember the mustard seed from last week, or better yet, the yeast that leavens bread. Unseeably small granules that as a collective breathe out and inflate loaves of bread. This is literal inspiration, the blowing-in of life from the tiniest corners of the creation. Jesus, one person amidst the crowds, is building the kingdom of God one person at a time.

Freedom for All | July 5, 2020

The 4th of July always brings out complicated feelings in me. I am grateful for the freedom I have, and the ease I have living in this land. And yet, I cannot feel my freedom without also remembering the genocide of those who first lived on these lands.

Setting Down Privilege to Pick Up the Cross | June 21, 2020

By the Rev. Dr. Helen Svoboda-Barber May only God’s word be spoken, and only God’s word be heard. This morning’s Gospel reading from the 10th chapter of Matthew is a rough, combative passage.It is a call to resistance and perseverance. It is a passage for a time such as this, June of 2020, as we … Continue reading Setting Down Privilege to Pick Up the Cross | June 21, 2020

Sermon | June 14, 2020

Today’s gospel reading is Matthew 9:35-10:23. It begins with Jesus going to the surrounding cities and villages, proclaiming the good news and healing the sick.

But there was too much work for him to do, so he commissioned his apostles, gave them power to heal, and sent them out to continue the work.

The Practice of the Presence of the Paraclete | May 17, 2020

By the Rev. Dr. Helen Svoboda-Barber May only God’s Word be spoken, and only God’s word be heard. John 14:15-21 Our reading from this morning’s gospel of John picks up in the midst of Jesus saying lots and lots about the Holy Spirit, which in the New Revised Standard Version translation of the Bible  is … Continue reading The Practice of the Presence of the Paraclete | May 17, 2020

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