Tasting the Bread of Life

Sermon for August 9, 2015 by the Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick, Rector (Note: I am deeply indebted to John Shelby Spong for his book The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic (HarperOne, 2013) whose insights form the foundations of this sermon.) For the last three Sundays, while we’ve been talking about the happenings in the court…

A Place in the Family of God

Sermon for Sunday, August 2, 2015, by the Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick, Rector Last week we heard the story of how David took Bathsheba. I spoke about how this is not a story of “another good man brought down by an evil seductress.” This is not the reason for the story’s telling, and it is not an interpretation…

Feeding and Being Fed

Sermon for Sunday, July 19 by the Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick. For attributions, please see the PDF version.  Today we have another hidden story. Our reading from the Gospel of Mark skips over passages. I do wish they would insert “dot dot dot” so you know where the break is. Today’s reading skips over Jesus and…

Lord of the Dance

Sermon for Sunday, July 12, 2015 by the Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick, Rector. Please see the PDF version for attributions. It is hard to hear the good news in today’s gospel. Right in the middle of Jesus calling his disciples, which we heard last week, and the feeding of the 5000, follows, we have this bizarre,…

Pixar’s Riley and Jairus’s Daughter

Sermon for Sunday, June 28 by the Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick, Rector. Please see PDF version for attributions.  The new Pixar movie “Inside Out” is about a girl, Riley, about the same age as Jairus’ daughter in today’s gospel reading from Mark. Riley is 11, turning 12 at the end of the movie. Jairus’ daughter is…

Holy Seeds

Sermon for Sunday, June 14, 2015 by the Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick, Rector.  For attributions, see the PDF version.  We are exploring the Gospel of Mark this year, looking at what Mark has to show us about who Jesus is and how Jesus works in people’s lives. Some review is helpful.  In Chapter 1, which, remember,…

Mixed Blessings

Sermon for June 7, 2015, by the Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick, Rector. For attributions, please see the PDF version.  What is so bad about knowing good and evil? Do you ever wonder? Have you ever said of someone “he doesn’t know right from wrong”? That sounds like a serious problem. Isn’t that the very thing we…

Holy Fire

Sermon for Pentecost Sunday (May 24,2015) by the Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick, Rector.  For attributions, please see the PDF version. Pastor Steven Dundas is a Navy Chaplain who served a tour of duty in Iraq, returning in 2008. He says this about who he was before going to Iraq:  “I believed and my faith in God,…

Fully Reliant on God

Sermon for Sunday, May 3, 2015 by the Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick, rector. For attributions, please view the PDF version.  You may remember that a week after I started at St. Barnabas’ last June I left for eight days to attend a retreat program for Episcopal clergy. When I got to my room I found a…

Healing Trouble

Sermon for Sunday, April 26 by the Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick, Rector. Please see PDF version for attributions.  It two of our readings important things happen “offstage,” before the readings, and they provide the context. In the gospel, a man born blind is given sight. In the lesson from Acts, a lame man is healed. Occasion…