Sermon, The Rev. Kristin Schultz, December 6

Last weekend after church, a parishioner told me he misses good, old-fashioned hellfire preaching, so I told him I’d see what I could do. Lo and behold, the lectionary cooperated, and we get to hear from John the Baptist today.  Read More…

Thanksgiving Eve, The Rev. Kristin Schultz, November 25

I am one of those people who lives a lot in my head.
I carry so much – my calendar, the church calendars, the calendars of my three children, thoughts for the class I’m getting ready to teach and what I need to say to Noah’s teacher as his conference and whether we can pull off dinner with what we have in the refrigerator -- 
With all this noise in my head,
I don’t always see what’s right in front of my face.
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Sermon, The Rev. Kristin Schultz, October 25

Jeremiah was a prophet in Judah in the years leading up to, and following, it’s destruction. He warned the people that they would be destroyed for their unfaithfulness to God. He is known for his lament, his bitter wailing over the destruction and exile,             and is credited with writing the book of Lamentations. But in today’s reading, toward the end of his book, Jeremiah has a different message.

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Sermon, The Rev. Kristin Schultz, September 13

Each week in our Thursday morning service we focus on a saint from the Christian tradition – ancient and contemporary, Catholic and Anglican and other forms of Christian, from all around the world.

It’s been wonderful exploration for me these past four years – 

learning more about the ancient traditions of the saints, and hearing stories of faithful people I’d never heard of before.

This past week we heard the story of Sister Constance and her companions.
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Jesus said, I am the living bread that came down from heaven.
Whoever eats of this bread will live forever;             and the bread I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.
The Jews disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”
Perhaps it is comforting to know that the things Jesus is saying about bread and flesh and eating his body didn’t make any more sense to those first listeners than they do to us today.

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Three years ago, my first summer at St Michael’s,             I went with a group of high school students to Chicago. We had lined up a series of service projects to do while we were there The first was that we spent two mornings at a child care center for low-income families. It was a mixed experienced. Some of our youth really connected and had fun with the kids. But the adult leaders at the day care center were sick of working with a never-ending series of volunteers, and they didn’t really need us,             so most of our group felt useless and uncomfortable.

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Pentecost Sunday

Today is Pentecost – one of my favorite days of the church year.
This day is all about the work the Holy Spirit in the community of believers.
What is interesting is that the community has preserved two very different stories about the Holy Spirit, and that today we read them side by side.
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Easter Sunday

Alleluia! Christ is Risen             The Lord is Risen indeed, Alleluia Grace and peace are yours in the name of our Risen Savior Jesus Christ It is a beautiful Easter morning - welcome We have been enjoying beautiful spring weather            We have put on our fancy Easter clothes –             some of us have hunted for eggs or will hunt for eggs –             some of us will go on to fancy Easter brunch or dinner later today.

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Good Friday

When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon

Our culture has become adept at avoiding darkness. Electric lights make it possible to never be truly in the dark –             indeed, the lights in our city make it almost impossible to experience real darkness. We can dull our pain with medicine or other drugs,             or comfort ourselves with sugary, salty food .  We can distract ourselves with myriad different kinds of entertainment. We know many ways to try to escape the darkness,             both external and internal, which threatens our peace and well-being. This day strips away the distractions and brings us face to face with the darkness.

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In Mark’s gospel, Jesus’s baptism is the beginning of everything.
It is literally the beginning – the very first thing that happens once Mark announces that he is telling “the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”
John baptizes Jesus in the Jordan River, and the heavens open.
A voice from heaven says,
            “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
This is not only the first thing that happens –
            it is the foundation for everything else that happens in the gospel.
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