Sermons

Only Light Can Overcome Darkness – Kimberlee Auletta

The Third Sunday of Advent: December 16, 2012

Zephaniah 3:14-20;  Canticle: Isaiah 12:2-6;  Philippians 4:4-7;  Luke 3:7-18

Preacher: Kimberlee Auletta, Candidate for Holy Orders sponsored by St. Michael’s Church.

Since I was a child, Advent has always been my favorite season.  There were three things that were particularly exciting and appealing to me about the season:

  • The advent calendar
  • The crèche and
  • The arrival of Santa sometime in the wee hours of Christmas.

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Lift Up Your Hearts- The Rev. Susan E. Hill

The Rev. Susan E. Hill

 

The First Sunday of Advent – December 2, 2012

Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-9, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

Luke 21:25-36

Preacher: The Rev. Susan E. Hill

 

Good morning!  I had a strange experience watching the news this week – maybe you had it too.  There was a heart-warming story about a young NYPD officer who saw a man sitting on the street who had no shoes.  Apparently he’d seen him before, but this time it was getting quite cold out.  So the officer went to a nearby shoe store and with his own money, bought the man some boots.  Unbeknownst to the officer, a tourist snapped a picture of his generosity.  She posted the photo online and it soon went viral.  As a result of the internet and the news outlets that picked up the story, countless millions of people were inspired by this young man’s response from his heart to another in need. (more…)

(Open) Endings– Meredith Kadet

Meredith Kadet

The Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Pentecost-November 18, 2012

1 Samuel 1:4-20; The Song of Hannah (1 Samuel 2:1-10); Hebrews 10:11-25; Mark 13:1-8

Preacher: Meredith Kadet, Seminarian, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.

 

I began working on this sermon about three weeks ago – so yeah, maybe I was a little nervous about my first Sunday morning preaching gig! Most models of preaching say you work from at least two texts – the lectionary, and the world you’re in. Well, this is the world I was in while I worked on this sermon. SuperStorm Sandy was raging, and in the days after reports began to come in of neighborhoods wiped away, lives lost, millions of us cast into cold and damp and dark. (more…)

The Widow’s Gift–Mark Braverman

Dr. Mark Braverman

 

The Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost–November 11, 2012

Preacher: Dr. Mark Braverman, Program Director, Kairos, USA

1 Kings 17:8-16; Psalm 127; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44

 

It’s a joy to be with you in this beautiful place.  I want to thank Liz for the honor of preaching from this pulpit.  You know, as a Jew who grew up in the synagogue, preaching from a prescribed set of scripture reading is very familiar territory.  Every Sabbath we read a section from the Five Books of Moses – it’s a one-year cycle, we divided it into 52 portions.  But when I discovered the lectionary I was so delighted – what an embarrassment of riches for the preacher!  (more…)