Sermons

 

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Advent 3c - Dec 13 2015.pdf

This sermon invites us to redirect our Advent gaze away from looking for the coming of supernatural objects-persons and toward the present, living connections between people.


Advent 2c - Dec 6 2015.pdf

In this homily, the rector invites us to begin a series of reflections on the coming of the Sacred, but from a non-traditional point of view.


Proper 28b - November 15 2015.pdf

This homily suggests that we read apocalyptic literature, not as attempts to literally predict future events, but as symbolic and hyperbolic with the intention of moving us out of our complacency.


Proper 27b - Nov 8 2015.pdf


Proper 24b - October 18 2015.pdf


Proper 23b - October 11 2015.pdf


Proper 22b - October 4 2015.pdf


Proper 14b - August 9 2015.pdf

This homily suggests that the heart of Christianity is not a list of absolutes, but an adventure in spiritual exploration and discovery.


Proper 12b - July 26 2015.pdf

In this sermon, the rector explores three possible approaches to the interpretation of the feeding of the five thousand story in the Gospels.


Proper 11b - July 19 2015.pdf

In this homily, the rector discusses the 4th of the “Eight Principles of Progressive Christianity.”


Proper 10b - July 12 2015.pdf

The rector discusses the third principle of the “8 Principles of Progressive Christianity.”


Proper 9b - July 5, 2015.pdf

The rector discusses the second principle of the “8 Principles of Progressive Christianity.”


Proper 7b - June 21 2015.pdf

The rector discusses the first principle of the “8 Principles of Progressive Christianity.”


Proper 6b - June 14 2015.pdf

The subject of this sermon is the meaning of the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.


Pentecost 2b - June 7 2015.pdf

In this homily, the rector introduces the “8 Principles of Progressive Christianity.”


Easter Sunday B - April 5 2015.pdf

In this homily, the rector suggests that the best way to interpret the resurrection of Jesus is to see “resurrection” as the term applied to the ongoing experience of the presence of the love and compassion of Jesus following his crucifixion.


Lent 5b - March 22 2015.pdf

In this homily, the rector talks about a love that is so fundamental and powerful that it draws all of humanity to itself.


Christmas Eve 2014.pdf

In this homily, the rector invites each of us to seek the Sacred Light that desires to arise within us.


Advent 3b - December 14 2014.pdf

In this homily, the rector invites us to consider the historical Jesus as idol or icon?


Advent 1B  November 30 2014.pdf

In this homily, the Rev.Claudia+ encourages us to “wake up” to enter into a deep awareness of the Sacred.


Sermon 28A - Nov 16 2014.pdf

In this homily, the rector notes the necessity of taking risks to achieve personal growth and development.


Proper 27a - Nov 9 2014.pdf

In this homily, the rector discusses the courage, faith, and integrity demonstrated by Socrates at his trial.


Proper 26a - November 2 2014.pdf

In this homily the rector talks about how religion can contract the flu.


Proper 24a - Oct 19 2014.pdf

This homily talks about the importance of overcoming obstacles with courage and trust in one another.


Proper 23a - October 12 2014.pdf

In this sermon, the rector thinks about idolatry as a form of bad deal making.


Rev. Jeff Louden - Sermon Oct. 5, 2014.pdf

This homily discusses our call to love justice, do mercy, and walk in humility with our God.


Proper 21 - Sept 28 2014.pages.pdf

This sermon offers a practical process for dealing with painful emotions as they arise.


Proper 20a - Sept 21 2014.pages.pdf

In this homily, Charles+ discusses the need for the Church to reform some of its assumptions while simultaneously maintaining a healthy space for both reformers and devotion-oriented members.


Proper 17a - Genesis 3-14.pages.pdf

In this homily, the rector discusses the subtle, eternal essence of each and everyone of us.


Justified Belief - August 17 2014.pdf

This “teaching” deals with the differences between knowledge and belief and also between irrational and justified belief.


Handouts for August 17 2014.pdf

Handouts for the teaching above.


Proper 13a - August 3 2014.pdf

In this homily, the rector invites everyone to guard and protect the health of our parish community.


Proper 12a - July 27 2014.pdf

This homily discusses the powerful work of the love of God within culture and the individual.


Proper 10a - July 13 2014.pdf

This homily deals with the nature and interpretation of the Bible.


Proper 9a - July 6 2014.pdf

Title: “My Yoke is Easy: The Paradox of Freedom Through Enslavement”


Proper 8A - June 29, 2014.pdf

Title: “Learning to Have Compassion for the Wealthy”


Proper 7a - June 22 2014.pdf

Title: “If You Saw the Sacred Spark in Yourself and Others, Would it Change You?”


Sermon for Trinity Sunday - Yr A - June 15 2014.pdf

Title: “Reclaiming the Wonder and Richness of What’s in Front of Us”


Sermon Easter 3a - May 4 2014.pdf

In this homily, the rector offers a reflection on the hiddenness of God and the role it plays in our development.


Easter Sunday - April 20 2014.pdf

In this homily, the rector interprets “resurrection” as interior transformation and warns against “sneaky hedonism.”


Lent 4A - March 30 2014.pdf

This is a reflection on Jesus’ encounter with the man who was born blind using the Eastern concept of “karma.”


Lent 3A - March 23 2014.pdf

In this homily, the rector invites us to challenge prejudice in ourselves and others.


Lent 2A - March 16 2014.pdf

In this homily the rector suggests that being born again or being born from above (the Nicodemus story) may take place gradually through much hard work and practice.


Epiphany 5A - February 9 2014.pdf

In this sermon, the rector challenges all of our corporate managers and company workers to act as “salt” in their workplace.


Epiphany 4A - February 2, 2014.pdf

In this homily, the rector warns to the difficulties and messiness that will accompany falling in love with God.


Sermon Epiphany 3A - January 26 2014.pdf

In this homily, the rector suggests that St. Luke’s will be more likely to remain vibrant and relevant into the future if the members of our congregation are actively seeking spiritual renewal and transformation.


Sermon Epiphany 2a - January 19, 2014.pdf

In this homily, the rector continues our reflection on the mission of the Church by examining statements from Pope Francis’ document, “Evangelii Gaudium.”


January 5, 2014, by The Rev. Claudia Giacoma.pdf


Sermon for Advent 3a - Dec 15 2013.pdf

In this homily, the rector talks about the distinction between physical pain and spiritual suffering.


Last Sunday of Pentecost - Yr C - Nov 24 2013.pdf

In this homily, the rector reflects on the relationship between faith and gratitude....to practice one is to practice the other.


Sermon for Proper 27c - November 10 2013.pdf

In this homily, the rector suggests that hope language functions teleologically in our lives.  Direction is central.


Sermon for Proper 25c - Oct 27 2013.pdf

This sermon invites us to look within to find both the arrogant Pharisee and the contrite Publican.


Sermon for Proper 24c - Oct 20 2013.pdf

In this homily, the focus in on the story of Jacob wrestling all night with another.


Sermon for Proper 23c - Oct 13 2013.pdf

In this homily, the rector explains his rejection of “Christian Exclusivism.”


Sermon - Proper 22c - October 6 2013.pdf

In this homily, the rector suggests that we refocus our culture and economy toward those things that bring happiness.


Sermon for Proper 21c - Sept 29 2013.pdf

This homily is a reflection on the parable of the rich man in Hell.....an invitation to cultivate generosity.


Sermon for Proper 20c - September 22 2013.pdf

In this homily, the rector reflects on the teachings of the Prophet Amos and Jesus to warn us against becoming comfortable with greed and selfishness.


Sermon St Luke's 9-8-13.pdf

In this homily, Vicki Evans, Canon for Lay Ministries, invites all of us to realize that ministry is the work to which all of us are called.


Sermon for Proper 17c - September 1 2013.pdf

In this homily, the rector invites us to learn from the atheist, Auguste Comte.


Sermon for Proper 16c - August 25 2013.pdf

In this homily, the rector talks about the interior suffering that has us bent over and unable to stand straight as well as the misapplication of religion.


Sermon Proper 12c - July 28 2013.pdf

The first chapter of Hosea offers us both an opportunity to examine our tendency toward unfaithfulness to God as well as a note of hope for our future.


Sermon for Proper 11c - July 21 2013.pdf

If we understand what it means to be human to be a physical creature without an immaterial dimension, we will undermine our relationship with the Sacred. This will have enormous implications.


Sermon Proper 8c - June 30 2013.pdf

This homily reflects on the nature of ordination in light of the ordination of Sandra Jones for diaconate ministry.


Sermon for Proper 7c - June 23 2013.pdf

In this homily, the rector invites us to reflect upon our deepest wounds & places of secret shame to invite the Sacred & appropriate others into them with us.


Sermon for Proper 6c - June 16 2013.pdf

This homily is about the types of thoughts that create anger & suffering as well as the choices we face when feeling the energy & passion of anger.


Sermon for Proper 5c - June 9 2013.pdf

The third in the series on the tools we need to carry out our mission to work with God “to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ,” this homily tackles the subject of prayer.


Sermon for Trinity Sunday - May 26 2013.pdf

In this homily, the rector continues a discussion of the skills and knowledge needed by the people of St. Luke’s to be effective in our stated mission.  The skills discussed this week center on “radical acceptance.”


Sermon for Pentecost Yr C - May 19 2013.pdf

Each week we say, “Our mission is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.” But what does this really mean and what do we need to do to be effective?


Sermon Easter 7c - May 12 2013.pdf

In this homily, Charles+ notes that Jesus and healthy, loving moms hold something in common - to work for the end to division and enmity between people.


Easter 6C  May 5  Intimacy with God.pdf

Intimacy with God by Rev. Claudia Giacoma


Sermon for Easter 5c - April 28 2013.pdf

This homily looks at “teleology,” the idea that we were designed & created for a purpose: social & personal.


Sermon for Easter 4c - April 21 2013.pdf

This homily invites us to acknowledge the results of modern New Testament scholarship and then decide who Jesus was and is.


Sermon for Easter 3c - April 14 2013.pdf

In this homily, the rector uses the book of Job to reflect on the nature of suffering, the question of God’s nature and the fact that, in life, our Easter Sundays are often preceded by Good Fridays.


Sermon for Easter 2c - April 7 2013.pdf

In the homily, the rector suggests that “Doubting Thomas” represents one of our greatest strengths, i.e., our capacity for reason and critical analysis.  These cannot be in opposition to following Jesus.


Sermon Easter Sunday - March 31 2013.pdf


Sermon for Lent 4c - March 10 2013.pdf

This homily invites us to think about the health & life of  our planet & of future generations.


Sermon Lent 2c - Feb 24 2013.pdf

This homily provides a three-step process for dealing with betrayal & interpersonal injury.


Sermon Lent 1c - Feb 17 2013.pdf

This homily invites us to think about what it means to say we have faith in God....or anything else.


Last Sunday Epiph C - Feb 10 2013.pdf

This homily invites us to recognize the love & light of the Sacred that lives in & through & all around us and, thereby, to choose to express that light to the world.


Sermon Epiphany 4c - Feb 3 2013.pdf

In this homily, the rector suggests that theological answers can become obstacles to our spiritual growth.  It’s about the journey.


Sermon for Epiphany 3c - Jan 27 2013.pdf

This homily is the first in a series that will be delivered throughout 2013 as we review the St. Luke’s Principles of Community. This homily briefly describes the call to self-awareness.


Sermon for Advent 4c - Dec 23 2012.pdf

In this homily, the rector reflects upon the Prophet Mary & her divine message. Perhaps the best response to Sandy Hook is to weep for ALL the children of this world much more deeply, much more often.


Sermon for Advent 2c - Dec 9 2012.pdf

In this homily, the rector discusses the definitions of the Three Theological Virtues as described by St. Thomas Aquinas: Faith, Hope & Love.


Sermon for Advent 1C - Dec 2 2012.pdf

In preparation for the coming of the Lord (we are now in Advent), the rectors describes the 4 Cardinal Virtues.


Sermon Proper 28b - Nov 18 2012.pdf

In this homily, the rector offers an approach to the interpretation of apocalyptic literature, such as in today’s Gospel, that can permit us to take it seriously enough without taking it too seriously.


Sermon 7th Sunday of Easter May 20, 2012.pdf

By Rev. Claudia Giacoma


Gabriel' Atem's Pentecost Sermon May 27, 2012.pdf

By Gabriel Atem


Nancy Picott sermon Jn 3 1-17.pdf Sunday June 3, 2012


July 8 2012 Sandra Jones.pdf Jones sermon on July 8, 2012


July 15 2012 Jessica Hatch.pages.pdf  sermon on July 15, 2012


Homily July 22, 2012.pdf  sermon on July 22, 2012


July 29, 2012  Proper 12 Year B.pdf sermon on July 29 2012 by Rev. Claudia Giacoma


Sermon Proper 14B - August 12 2012.pdf sermon by Rev. Charles Robinson


Sermon Proper 16B - August 26 2012.pdf

In this homily, the rector suggests that two key reason for the decline in worship attendance in the West are: (1) the shift in consciousness that began in the Renaissance & (2) the Church’s dysfunctional reaction to it. 


Sermon Proper 17B - Sept 2 2012.pdf

In this homily, the rector suggests that the heart of Christian faith is to trust in God as Jesus trusted God & to live a life characterized by love, compassion, mercy & forgiveness.


Sermon for Proper 19B - September 16 2012.pdf

In this sermon, the rector notes the similarities between Jesus & Socrates based upon the Socratic Dialogue entitled, “The Apology.” (The story of the trial & condemnation of Socrates.)


Sermon for Proper 20b - Sept 23 2012.pdf

This homily discusses how to differentiate between true and false wisdom according to the Book of James.


Sermon for Proper 21b - September 30 2012.pdf

This is an invitation to say “Yes” to God’s will in our lives & to allow God to use us in the life & ministries of our parish community.


Sermon for Proper 22b - October 7 2012.pdf

In this homily, the rector suggests that for Jesus, the central issue in divorce was not divorce itself, but the long process of mutual hardness of heart that leads to it.  This would be true in all human relationships.


Sermon for Proper 23b - October 14 2012.pdf

In this sermon, the rector draws from Aristotle’s book on ethics to interpret the Gospel lesson about the rich man who Jesus told to sell all he has.


Sermon for Proper 25b - Oct 28 2012.pdf

This homily suggests that suffering & adversity can lead us to become a more compassionate & merciful people.


Sermon Proper 26b - Nov 4 2012.pdf

In this homily, the rector attempts to answer the question: how is it possible to love God, to love someone we have never seen with our eyes nor touched with our hands?