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A Sermon on Luke 21:25-36
Christians are supposed to be hopeful people. God gives us great promises about how He will care for us, and how He will make all things right. Yet, these hopeful promises can be hard to believe when our everyday life is full of challenges and disappointments. This sermon argues that Advent is meant to help us keep hope while remembering that the challenges are real.Scripture Reference: Jeremiah 33:14-18; Luke 21:25-36Preached on the First Sunday of Advent, December 2, 2018 by Rev. Stephen Silve ...
A Sermon on Mark 13:1-13
This section of Mark's Gospel is hard to read because it talks about judgment, signs and wonders. Fr. Stephen explains why this type of writing is known as apocalyptic literature, and how we can understand it despite it being odd-sounding. He also notes that this passage is about judgement on the Jerusalem of Jesus' day but also speaks to us about our responsibilities in uncertain times.
A Sermon on Revelation 21:1-6
What is the point in thinking about heaven, if it's just something coming in the future? This sermon reflects on how famous, well-known saints and unknown, everyday saints point us to the reality and value of heaven. Fr. Stephen also reflects on how we see heaven revealed in those places of beauty in our daily lives. What we see now only partially, will be revealed fully when Christ returns
A Sermon on Mark 10:17-31
This sermon examines the way money and possessions exert unhealthy influence on us. In this passage from Mark, Jesus gives a rich young man a very difficult task: to sell his possessions and give them to the poor. This command rightly shocks us, because most of us live with many possessions. Money and possessions can warp our priorities, and make us forget the things which are of greater value. Jesus' challenge here should make us rethink our priorities and ask whether the way we spend our time ...
A Sermon on Mark 10:2-16
This sermon deals with the challenging topic of divorce. Fr. Stephen explains here how we are to look at divorce, and then challenges us to ask why God created marriage. How do we live up to the purpose for which marriage was made?
A Sermon on James 1:17-27
Fr. Stephen gives some background on the letter, and explains that it was written to a group of Jewish Christians who are experiencing persecution. Under these circumstances, it was tempting to "fight fire with fire" and respond by using the same methods as those who are attacking. James reminds his readers that their existence as a body of believers only came about through God's action. Their continued growth and protection can only rest on this, not by mimicking the world's methods.
A Sermon on Ephesians 6:10-20
In this sermon, Fr. Stephen argues that by dismissing supernatural evil, we are in danger of being surprised by evil when it attacks. We also run the risk of ignoring it because it doesn't seem so evil on the surface. The sermon concludes with St. Paul's advice on how to protect ourselves from evil by putting on the armour of God.
A Sermon on Ephesians 5:3-20
Today many feel the legacy of the church's suspicion of pleasure and sexuality. Many still feel a sense of shame from bad interactions with the church. So how do Paul's words on sexuality apply to us today, without shame? Fr. Stephen speaks to the importance of vulnerability and intimacy in our lives, encouraging us to consider how we can better shape our intimate relationships to allow them to take on a Christ-like character.
A Sermon on Ephesians 4:25-5:2
In today's passage from Ephesians, St. Paul reminds us that we are to help each other grow more fully to resemble Jesus. His particular focus is on the sacrificial character of Jesus' ministry, and calls his readers to imitate this. They can do this through letting go of old, self-focused ways and embracing the way of service which Christ embraced. Paul supplies some examples of how these ways contrast.
A Sermon on Ephesians 4:1-16
In this section of his letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul continues the theme he started in chapter 2: the church experiences unity because of Christ's work in reconciling different groups. But what does this unity really look like, and what are we supposed to do about it? This sermon reflects on how unity is a gift for us to appreciate, but also a challenge for us to maintain. It includes practical ways for us to contribute to unity in our local church while appreciating our differences.
A Sermon on Ephesians 3:14-21
In this section of his letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul tells us that we should focus on unity in the Church, if we want to show the world what Jesus' ministry is all about. His power in bringing separated groups together is one of the most attractive features of church life. However, this power is only shown when we actually live out that unity in our own congregations. This sermon also deals with the way we talk to and about God. St. Paul here addresses God as Father, and this is how we usual ...
A Sermon on Ephesians 2:11-22
Loving your enemies is a core Christian teaching, but sometimes this seems impossible. At best, we usually just end up tolerating those we dislike. In this sermon, Fr. Stephen reveals that St. Paul shows us Jesus does much more than tolerate enemies: he reconciles them.
A Sermon on Mark 5:21-43
Human beings don't always treat others with the respect that comes from being made in God's image. Yet, today's Gospel lesson shows us that this isn't how Jesus operates. He deals with an important leader in the same way he deals with a poor, nameless woman in need of healing--he shows them respect and love. This sermon reminds us that Jesus genuinely loves each of us, regardless of who we are.
A Sermon on Luke 1:57-80
John the Baptist's ministry didn't come from nowhere, but instead was made possible by the faithfulness of his parents. Their everyday faithfulness and trust in God's promises prepared him for the great work he did for God. This sermon focuses on the importance of everyday faithfulness in our lives today.
A Sermon on Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples
The ongoing impact of the Indian Residential School policy, the loss of Indigenous language & heritage, and the terrible conditions on many reserves have pushed our society to wrestle with reconciliation. Sarah addresses these themes in her talk, acknowledging the ways our own church tradition took part in these events but calling on us to be a force for reconciliation and healing in the future.
A Sermon on Mark 2:23-3:6
In this sermon, Fr. Stephen challenges us to take rest seriously as both a gift God gives us and a command God expects us to follow. He concludes by suggesting ways of taking rest, but also ways we can bring rest to others.
Why the Trinity Matters
This sermon reminds us not to approach God as a puzzle to solve, but a loving God we can relate to. The Trinity teaches us that He is mysterious and beyond our understanding, but also someone who wants us to enjoy friendship with Him. Both realities are expressed by the Trinity, and both are great comfort to those in need.
A Sermon on Acts 2:1-21
Pentecost is more than the story of a great thing which happened in the past. It’s the story of how God gave His church the Spirit of Jesus to carry on Jesus’ ministry on earth. When Jesus’ body ascends, he gives us his Spirit so that we can act as His hands and feet in the world. That same Spirit animates the church today.
A Sermon on Acts 1:1-11
This sermon explores why the Ascension is important for Christians to appreciate and understand. The ascension tells us that we have someone in heaven who understands us, and can appreciate the many frailties and challenges that come from being human. It also tells us we have a champion in heaven, who has won a victory for us over sin and death.
A Sermon on John 15:9-17
How can we accept demands for obedience, when so many leaders have shown themselves to be unworthy of trust? This sermon points out how Christ's leadership is different, because he is someone who lays down his life for his friends. This sacrificial love demonstrates that he has our interests at heart. We begin to enjoy his love when we start to act on what he tells us to do
A Sermon on John 15:1-8
How do we stay connected to Jesus without over-thinking things? This sermon examines the word abide, and shows us that staying close to Jesus is mostly a matter of making time for him.
A Sermon on Luke 24:36-48 Preached on the 3rd Sunday of Easter, April 15, 2018 by Rev. Stephen Silverthorne When most people think about faith, they think about spiritual things. Yet, the most central belief in Christian faith is that … Continue reading →
A Sermon on Luke 24:36-48 Preached on the 3rd Sunday of Easter, April 15, 2018 by Rev. Stephen Silverthorne When most people think about faith, they think about spiritual things. Yet, the most central belief in Christian faith is that Jesus rose after dying on the cross. Why does it matter that Jesus was resurrected, and didn't just return as a spirit? This sermon explores how Jesus' bodily resurrection points us to the importance of our own bodies and how we can serve God well in our daily live ...
A Sermon on John 10:11-18
Why should we trust Jesus when he asks us to trust him? This sermon explores the key difference between trustworthy leaders and untrustworthy ones: the trustworthy ones are willing to make sacrifices for those they lead. Jesus is the Good Shepherd, who lays down his life for us, his sheep