Christ Church Sermons by The Rev. Serena Sides

Christ Church Sermons by The Rev. Serena Sides

Participating in the Gospel

In this Christmas before Christmas service, we read the nativity Gospel, Luke 2:1-20, with the congregation divided into groups to speak different parts. The sermon elaborates on how participating in the Gospel reading this way reminds us that we participate in God’s grand story of humanity each day.

Christ the Truth Sunday

On Christ the King Sunday, Jesus doesn’t seem to want to talk about being a king. He wants to talk about God’s truth–that we are all equally worthy in the eyes of God. God’s kingdom is based on this fundamental truth, to which Jesus witnesses with his life.  (John 18: 33:-37)

Be God’s instrument of healing in this world

In a world in need of healing, we can start with ourselves but ultimately our healing depends on 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)
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