Christ Church Sermons by The Rev. Cara Spaccarelli
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.
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)
In the introduction to John the Baptist, we see the past, present, and future of God’s work come together. It is a moment that encourages us to have faith today that God who has begun a good work in us will see it to completion, even when it doesn’t look that way.
Practicing gratitude involves putting aside the worries of tomorrow that are distracting us from the joys of today.
The first chapter of Samuel gives an intimate view of a married couple burdened with the pain of infertility. Faithfully they walk with the unsettled ache of grief and, in doing so, help us reflect on what to do in times when we or someone we love is deeply grieving.
In this Bible study style sermon, Jesus, a skilled debater whose techniques would fit right in with political debates today, reminds us of what the most important thing is even in contentious times.
In the Old Testament story of Job, God responds to the perennial question – why do the good and faithful suffer? Perhaps it is not the response, but that God responds that is the answer.
When Jesus encounters the rich man yearning for eternal life, he sees a man whose wealth has blinded him to looking beyond himself. Jesus invites us to live another way.