Invitation of the Empty Tomb

Sermon for the Great Vigil of Easter (April 4, 2015) by the Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick, Rector.  So that’s how the Gospel of Mark, the oldest of the four gospels, ends. Rather abruptly, wouldn’t you say? “So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing…

With the Wild Beasts

Sermon for Sunday, February, 25, 2015 (First Sunday in Lent) by the Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick, Rector.  Please see PDF version for attributions.  The gospel lesson for the first Sunday in Lent is always the story of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. So apparently someone deemed it important that we begin our Lenten journey with…

The Big Wow

Sermon for Saturday and Sunday, Fenruary 15 and 15, 2015, by the Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick, Rector.  Please see PDF for attributions.  What a mountaintop experience! There is nothing to say, really, except WOW! In the face of that, theological explanations, biblical analysis, interpretations from the cool remove of this place seem meaningless. Peter, James and…

Healing of the Body

Sermon for Sunday, February 8, 2015 by the Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick, Rector.  Please see the PDF version for attributions. Last week we talked about the first public acts of Jesus in each of the four gospels, and how they give us insight into what it is the gospel writer most wants us to know about…

Knowing Jesus

Sermon for 2B Epiphany and Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, January 18, 2015, by the Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick, Rector.  For attributions and Scripture references, please see the PDF.  Knowing Jesus from Recognition to Recognition There must have been something. There must have been something to cause people to just drop their nets, turn away from…

The Wildness of God

Sermon for January 10 and 11, 2014, 1B Epiphany, by the Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick, Rector, St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church.  The Wildness of God Do you get the picture here? “The earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.”…

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

Sermon for Christmas Eve 2014, by the Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick, Rector. Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room We are here on this holy night. It’s Christmas Eve. A night of beauty. A night of mystery. Even though I’ve experienced over 50 Christmas Eves by now, I always find it hard to believe it’s actually the…

Talents

Sermon for November 16, 2014 The Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick When I was a curate we would begin Vestry meetings, as we do here, with some reflection on a reading, and at Grace Church it was always a passage from scripture. One Vestry meeting in April the Rector read the parable of the Five Talents that…

Stay

Sermon for November 9, 2014 22A Pentecost, Proper 27 Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16; Ps. 70; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Matt. 25:1-13 Ok let’s call a spade a spade. This is one tough gospel. First there are those weird (to us) first century wedding customs. (If you want to know more about that come see me.) And…