Awakened to God’s Dream For Us

Sermon by The Reverend Jodi Baron, Co-Rector, November 26, 2017, Last Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 29, Christ the King, Year A, Matthew 25:31-46

“for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink…” In the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

It is the last Sunday before Advent, the day known as “Christ the King.” This weekend has been filled with the whole spectrum of human experiences for us. Some folks traveled to be with family over Thanksgiving, some stayed home. Some friends and families said goodbye to loved ones at funerals and others welcomed new ones into the ranks for the first time. Some shopped, some cooked, some cleaned up messes.

This season coming up has long been one of my favorite seasons of the liturgical year. It’s dripping with ritual and opportunities for meaning-making. Our own family looks forward to the re-set of our Christian practices we’ve been employing for more than a decade. We love to put on Sufjan Steven’s Holiday music, bring up the “Advent Boxes” from the basement, which intentionally are kept separate from the Christmas Boxes (heaven forbid). Our Advent Boxes aren’t meant to be snobbish, or even pious. They are meant to help us frame and hold integral the story that is told within the boundaries of these 20+ days.

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The Joy of Your Master

Sermon by The Reverend Christian Baron, Co-Rector, November 19, 2017, Pentecost 24, Proper 28, Year A, Matthew 25:14-30

“Enter into the joy of your master.”

In the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Good morning. Mid-November has always been an important time in my family. From a very early age… in fact, as long as I can remember, my father would be gone a few extra hours each night after work. My dad was a school teacher. He taught every elementary grade except kindergarten.

But in mid-November, our family would have to do without him. We would have to learn to share him. At least until my brother and I were old enough to participate in the family pastime…

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All Saints’ Day: We Must Change in Order to Live.

Sermon by The Reverend Jodi Baron, Co-Rector, November 5, 2017, All Saints’ Day, Year A, Matthew 5:1-12

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” In the name of the Triune God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Good morning!

In the church, when a major feast day falls on any day other than a Sunday, we get to move it. We get to change the readings and prayers and liturgy from what is “ordinary” and “expected”. We change the colors of our vestments, change the way we move, what we do, together.

It’s one of the four times in the liturgical year that we set aside for baptism, confirmation, reception, and reaffirmation.

And this feast day, for the past four years, has also been the weekend that our Diocese comes together for the democratic process of tending to how we are going to be The Episcopal Church in West Michigan. When we “see” the Episcopal church as we are in many areas along the coast of Lake Michigan. When our bishop, our Episcopate (who is charged to unite us) collects us, as brothers and sisters of the faith, and remind us what the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement looks like.

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