Sermon by The Reverend Jodi Baron, Christmas I, December 25, 2016, Year A; John 1:1-14
“But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.”
In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
The feast of the Nativity of our Lord….it is so good to see you all here! We truly are blessed to be assembled in this beautiful space to give our thanks and praise to our Loving God on this day.
This time of year in general and this day in specific is one that many come to with mixed emotions.
For some of our friends, this is time with the glaring awareness of a loved one gone, or of promises not kept, or of life-altering diagnosis, or, like Christian told of last night, surprise babies!
The point is that this holiday is not all about cookies and Christmas trees and seeming as though everything is perfect. That Norman Rockwell sense of what Christmas should be often thwarted our capacity to welcome whatever life actually presents, I think.
But some of it is about cookies and Christmas trees…
And sometimes, if you find yourself in one of those situations where life is not as it was before, sometimes those cookies and Christmas trees mean even more.
Sermon by The Reverend Christian Baron, Christmas Eve, Year A, Luke 2:1-14(15-20)
“While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.”
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen…
I have a friend who lives in Holland. He’s a fishing friend. He’s a much better fisherman than I am, but I’m much more handsome.
One thing I’ve learned over the years is that when you have a friend that you fish with, you learn a lot about each other. I mean…A lot.
That’s why he will never be invited to visit here… he knows too much about me.
But one early morning, as we sat and waited for fish to bite, I got to hear about a fascinating event in his life.
You see, he and his wife had been married for several years.They were hard-working folks; he worked a manufacturing job and she worked a daytime office job.
She had been having some medical problems and they were both pretty concerned. The doctors had a hard time figuring out what was going on. Maybe you’ve been there.
There is a problem… something isn’t right… but nobody can figure out what is wrong and can, therefore, not figure out what course of action to take.
So, my friend had to miss work one day to take his wife to the ER because of her intensely sharp, piercing abdominal pain.
They monitored her but then sent her home a few hours later.
For a young couple, you can imagine how scary that is.
Sermon by The Reverend Jodi Baron, Advent 4, December 18, 2016, Year A, Matthew 1: 18-25
Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25
“She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
In the name of God: Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Amen.
I know we say this almost every week, but truly, it is so good to be here with you today.
I mean it.
And this week was a validation of one of the main elements that drew my family to this place.
Your hospitality. Your unwavering commitment to help folks in need.
To feed them.
To clothe them.
To offer them the dignity and respect due all image-bearers of the Creator.
On December 17, 2016, the community, friends, and family assembled to grieve, to celebrate, to share and reflect upon the baptismal journey of, Dan Link. Our deep gratitude to all who helped to send Dan out like a saint! What a true and beautiful expression of Christian Community!
Below is the sermon delivered by The Reverend Christian Baron, Co-Rector of St. Philip’s.
Sermon by The Reverend Christian Baron, Advent 3, Year A, Matthew 11: 2-11
“Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?”
In the name of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Good morning. It sure is great to be here today. We hosted Bishop Hougland on Thursday as St. Philip’s celebrated a new reality.
It was nice to formally enter into this ministry with you folks and to have the Bishop bless us all.
I won’t forget the time.
Our thanks to all who helped make the arrangements and to show hospitality to the Bishop and his wife and to our visitors from the community and around the Diocese.
Sermon by The Reverend Christian Baron on the evening of the Celebration of New Ministry, December 8, 2016, Feast of St. Philip (observed)
On December 8, 2016, our Bishop, The Right Reverend Whayne Hougland, and his wife, Dana, joined St. Philip’s for a celebration. After calling our new Co-Rectors, The Reverends Christian and Jodi Baron, the congregation, the bishop, and the wider community were invited to come together for a time to formally “install” them and renew our mutual ministry as reconciling agents in the world.
We chose the readings from the Feast of our Patronal Saint, St. Philip, as the frame for which guide our meditation; Isaiah 30:18-21, Psalm 119: 33-40, 2 Corinthians 4:1-6, John 14:6-14. Below is the sermon Father Christian delivered.
Sermon by the Reverend Jodi L. Baron, Advent 2, Year A, Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12
“Come to deliver us, and tarry not. O Root of Jesse, who stands for an ensign of the people, before whom kings shall keep silence and unto whom the Gentiles shall make supplication: Come to deliver us, and tarry not.”
In the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
This Week at St. Philip’s: December 3-December 11
During Advent, our Coffee and Conversation group are reading Being Christian, by Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury. For this Sunday, please read Chapter 2: “The Bible.” Discussion questions are near the end of this page (below) and can also be found in our online discussion forum (get in touch with Barbara J. Kelly if you would like to be added to the online conversation).
This Week’s Readings
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19