Christ Church Sermons by The Rev. Cara Spaccarelli
The story of Moses and the burning bush is a familiar story about call, yet there are few such obvious burning bushes in our lives. Perhaps though the call of the burning bush is the conversation that happens there.
“Resurrection takes care of itself; it’s getting people into tombs that’s hard.” Henri Nouwen’s words on the first Sunday of Lent remind us that the tomb is a prerequisite to resurrection. Moving towards the tomb starts with recognizing and resisting the temptations to define one’s self by what you do, what you have, and what others say about you.
On this last sermon in the Way of Love series, we explore an aspect of personal prayer with the question – how do you hear God?
Rest, the fifth spiritual practice in the Way of Love series, has been identified as the most difficult practice for the majority of Episcopalians in our area. Rest, though, is a priority for God and should be a priority for us.
The Way of Love series continues with the spiritual practice of “Go” that calls us out of our comfort zones to sit at someone else’s table and receive what is laid before us. Luke 10:1-9 and 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
The third sermon in the Way of Love series explores Worship and the grounding that this time together each week brings to the living of our faith. Here’s a link to our resources page for The Way of Love series.
Jesus’ baptism in Luke lifts up the work of the Holy Spirit. The first sermon of the Way of Love series reflects on the ways we live out our baptism and engage the Spirit in our lives. Here’s a link to our resources page for The Way of Love series.
The Sunday after Christmas is a “light” Sunday – one to let the worship wash over you and do its thing to shape your heart. A poem by Irish poet Paul Durcan included about the beauty and wonder of a “fast mass.”
The story of Christmas is rare in that the characters demand nothing from one another but are simply together. A relationship can be born when one takes the time to simply delight in such a thing.
John the Baptist is not shy about calling everyone who comes to him to change. “May you have the wisdom to enter generously into your own unease.” (From For Longing, by John O’Donahue)