Sermon Group

In the spirit of living out our baptismal call to ministry, we support lay preaching at St. John’s. All sermons are lectionary-based, following the scriptures appointed for the day. The Sermon Group meets a few weeks prior to a sermon to discuss and discern the readings, and to provide the preacher with ideas and perspectives to consider when preparing their sermon. They also meet afterwards to debrief the sermon and to provide feedback.

Preaching asks us to juxtapose scripture with modern events and values, an important, difficult, and rewarding task. A good sermon is not necessarily a comforting message, but one that challenges norms and strengthens our faith. Preaching from the pulpit is not a requirement to participate in the Sermon group; we welcome diverse knowledge, perspectives, and insights as we apply biblical scriptures to today’s world.

Sermon Archive

The Problem With Prophecy

January 25, 2013
Text: I Corinthians 12:3b: “...no one can say ‘Jesus Christ is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit.” Let me just start with the conundrum in order to get it out of the…

Living Wet

January 13, 2013
Text: Luke 3:21: “Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened...” Not long ago in the New…

The Conversion of Epiphany

January 8, 2013

Expecting the Unexpected

December 25, 2012
Text:  Luke 2:7: “And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for…

Mary’s Song

December 25, 2012
We come to Saint John’s on this last Sunday of Advent,the season of expectation, of examination,of introspection and of welcome. I love the Advent collects, the prayers that we say…