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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
Violence is in the Bible and right here in Durham. How can we call the breath of life into the dry bones of death?
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
Forgiveness is hard. God will help.
We are waking to many societal inequities. We can heal ourselves and our community by investing in prayer, study and action.
Love will get us past the pandemic.
Today’s Gospel models the value of investing in close, healthy relationships.
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.
When Jesus says, “you of little faith” what does that really mean?
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.
By the Rev. Dr. Helen Svoboda-Barber May only God’s Word be spoken, and only God’s Word be heard. Jesus is a funny guy. Do you ever think so? Like in today’s Gospel reading, he is throwing parables fast and furious at the crowd: “Hey Y’all, get this! The Kingdom of God is like a mustard … Continue reading Being the Field | July 26, 2020
Rev. Kate Spelman is the Aging With Pride Program Specialist at AgeOptions in Oak Park, IL.
By El Nealson “Lord, may the word that goes out from my mouth not return to me empty.” Often these past months I have found myself praying something similar to this: May I say words. May I say the right words. May they bring abundance, may they bring joy and peace. May they bring equality … Continue reading Sermon for Youth Sunday | July 12, 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.
by Phillip Bass May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts beacceptable to you O’ Lord. Amen. On this Sunday last year, I stood among those gathered together at St. Luke’s, and shared a sermon in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. If you will remember, those … Continue reading Prophecy in the Time of COVID | June 28, 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
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.
Today is Trinity Sunday, the feast in the church year where we honor our Triune God and task preachers, like myself, to explicate just exactly how we worship One God in Three Persons.
Join me in proclaiming the messiness of life. Join me in proclaiming both lament and celebration this Pentecost weekend.
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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