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

Listening to the Least-Heard

November 28, 2012

To read all of the "Vision of the Future" sermons, click here. Text: Mark 13:2: “The Jesus asked him, ‘Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here…

Money Matters

November 12, 2012
Text: Mark 12:43: “Then he called his disciples and said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury.’” We…
Text: Mark 10:47: “Then Jesus said to him,‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ” For the second time I want to use the privilege of the pulpit this…

Value and Values

October 14, 2012
To see a wartime film of William Temple speaking of the significance of Canterbury Cathedral, click here. Text: Mark 10:23: “Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,‘How hard…