Resistance is Fertile

Sermon by the Reverend Christian Baron, 7 Epiphany, Feb. 19, 2017, Year A, Matthew 5:38-48.

“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.”

In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit… Amen.

Good morning…

Yesterday was beautiful, wasn’t it? Looks like Spring is here… No way we are going back to winter…

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The Gospel and Conditions That Affect Human Relationships

Sermon by the Reverend Jodi Baron, 6 Epiphany, Feb. 12, 2017, Year A, Matthew 5:21-37

“He has placed before you fire and water; stretch out your hand for whichever you choose.” In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Good morning!

These lessons were a doozy, eh? I’m actually really thankful for the lectionary that we follow, as a church, in times like this. Because if I had the task of selecting which text we would hear from the Word of God if I’m honest, would not have been these teachings. It would be too tempting to try and shape God’s word into something that fits our world today. It would be too tempting to make it about me, and what I think we should focus on.

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Called to fear?

Sermon by the Reverend Christian Baron, 5 Epiphany, Feb. 5, 2017, Year A, Matthew 5:13-20

Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of injustice,
to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover them,
and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit… Amen

Good morning…

I used to have a job that I had to punch in and punch out… it was shift work… come in… stomp the snow off my boots… hang up my coat… say hello to my co-workers and then look at my tasks for the day. I’d complain to my friend who was working with me about my boss and about red-tape and administrative BS. It would go something like this… “THEY have no idea what our job is like… you think they know what we go through? No, they just come in… close their doors… send e-mails and complain about how we aren’t doing our work right… I’d like to see them do my job for 10 minutes… they could never do it…. Oh great… and first shift didn’t finish their work… now we have to do it… I should have called in sick…” Not every day started like that, but it happened more than I care to admit… But that was just a job… I was lucky to have it… It mostly paid our bills. It gave me and Jodi, and our children, health insurance… which was huge because babies are fragile… they get sick all the time and they can’t talk very well to explain what is going on. Even though I complained a lot, it was truly a blessing to have a job that paid me and gave me benefits…. And took care of my children’s needs. More about that in a bit…

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The Economy of Fishing

Sermon by the Reverend Christian Baron, 3 Epiphany, Jan. 22, 2017, Year A, Matthew 4: 12-23

“When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee.”
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit… Amen.

Good morning… For me, it was a bad week. In fact it was a very bad week. Anybody else? I had no idea that the busyness of my week and the inability for me to ice fish because of sloppy conditions would have that kind of effect on so many of you… I’m constantly amazed at how the life of the clergy in a parish can affect so many people…

But the Universe has thrown me a bone this week. I drew the long straw. I get to preach on a fishing passage… And not only that… but I get to preach on the “fish for people” gospel passage…

But before we get to fishing, we need to do the preparation that must happen first…

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