Sermon From the Memorial Service For the Life of Dan Link

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.

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August 21, 2016

Sermon by The Reverend Jodi L. Baron, 14th Sunday after Pentecost, Year C, Luke 13: 10-17

“When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God.”
In the name of our Loving God: Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. Amen.
Good Morning!
I was sitting in my office yesterday afternoon, after walking around and chatting with folks at the Baby Pantry, Car seat check, and health fair, and decided to listen to the rain. I had just gotten back from a quick down and back to Holland to visit a good friend while Christian went fishing with some of his buddies. I was sitting there, with the window open, listening to the wind rustle the leaves and rain drip from the roof, and it was a really lovely moment of connection to some peace and stillness that I have been lacking the last few months, maybe even years!
Connection, peace, and stillness are not always things that we seek more of, though, at times they are even quite upsetting experiences. By their very presence, they reveal the glaring reality of their absence.

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Sermon Pentecost 13, Year C, August 14, 2016

Sermon by The Reverend Christian J. Baron, 13th Sunday after Pentecost, Year C, Luke 12:49-56

“Is not my word like fire, says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?”

I’m so happy to be able to preach today for my first sermon as your co-rector. My hope is that over the years, I will be faithful to the gospel that we have promised to help bring into reality and crack open the scriptures in a fresh and interesting way. I’ll try to make you laugh… and cry… and to assist this parish in being immersed in the Kingdom. To help us to see a glimpse into the truth that this good news offers. To challenge and to encourage. To delve into heresy and orthodoxy and to lead and to be led by you into God’s truth.

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Sermon Pentecost 12, Year C, August 8, 2016 “Transfiguration Sunday”

 Sermon by The Reverend Jodi L. Baron, Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, “Transfiguration Sunday”, Year C, Luke 9:28-36

August 8, 2016

“Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”

In the name of God: Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. Amen.

Is it good to see you all!

All week long, I have been grinning, smiling, from ear to ear. Christian & I decided that we were going to spend our first few weeks just meeting the fine folks of St. Philip’s. There’s a lot of history that we are walking into, as your new Rectors, so it seemed fitting that we listen to some of those stories. We’ve heard from some of the founding members, long-time summer residents, and year-round Northerners. We’ve prayed with people, taken calls from community members in crisis, and had folks stop us in the diner to ask us if we’re the new priests.

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