Christ Church Sermons by The Rev. Serena Sides (Page 2)
Like the Magi, we make our own pathway to the manger. Starting with little faith or much faith, we follow our own stars, ask our own questions, bring our own gifts, as we seek the child, the King of the Jews. Mt. 2:1-12
As God broke into the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus, an ordinary peasant girl, God breaks into our ordinary lives, too. Like Mary, we are transformed by this in-breaking so that we can begin to see the world the way God sees it. (Luke 1:39-56)
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.
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)
Explore what it means to “belong with” God and with others in relationships and communities like Christ Church as we delve into the Book of Ruth. Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17.
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.
We have faith struggles and life struggles. In the midst of all this, do we bring our hard questions to God or do we stay silent like the disciples? (Mark 9:30-37)
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)
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)
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)