Sermons by The Rev. Serena Sides

Sermons by The Rev. Serena Sides

Be God’s instrument of healing in this world

In a world in need of healing, we can start with ourselves but our healing is intertwined in helping others be healed.  God calls us to bring ourselves to Jesus for healing and to reach out to those on the margins, in grief, in pain, or with other needs, to bring them to Jesus for healing as well.

Examining our hearts

Jesus encourages us to examine what we carry in our hearts and to bring our hearts close to God and our neighbor. What is in your heart? Where is your heart? (Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23)

Meeting our Maker

Jesus promises us that we can have eternal life now and we can meet our maker now. He is the bread of life in his incarnation and in the Eucharist. (John 6:51-58)

What is in your bag?

Jesus tells the disciples to travel light when they go to preach and heal. We should travel light, too, by taking our faith with us wherever we go. (Mark 6:1-13a)

God really is that inclusive

God’s love is so expansive that the Holy Spirit comes upon both Gentiles and Jews. Sadly, we fail to understand this and we show partiality in our lives. There is hope in the power of the Holy Spirit to act through us so God’s love overcomes our partiality. (Acts 10:44-48)

God has faith in each of us

God has faith in all of us, even people with whom we disagree. In the wake of tragedy, ground your actions in God’s faith in us and in God’s faith in others.   (Genesis 17:1-7, 15016, Romans 4:13-25)