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 Puzzle

August 23, 2012
The Puzzle Text: John 3:9: “Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?’” Poor Nicodemus. He really is a smart man. He is a faithful student of the scriptures;…

Speaking sacramentally

August 23, 2012
Text: John 6:52: “The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ ” Yesterday I had the privilege of officiating at not one…
Text: John 6:6: “Philip answered him, ‘Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.’ ” This is an old story, and one…
Text: Ephesians 4:26–27: “Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil.” I can't resist exploring…
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