Sermons by The Rev. Sam Smith

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The Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 17B): September 2, 2018

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Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Psalm 45:1-2, 7-10; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Yesterday morning Don and I watched John McCain’s memorial service, live from the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. It was full of meaning as only an Episcopal funeral can be: The stunning and poetic words of The Book of Common Prayer, the beauty of […]

The Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 16B): August 26, 2018

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1 Kings 8:22-30, 41-43; Psalm 84; John 6:56-69 As we return one more time to the sixth chapter of John, once again the sermon topic is bread. One gospel commentator has said that, “John’s gospel is noted not only for its poetry, its high Christology and its rich metaphorical imagery, but also for its redundancy.”[i] […]

The Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 14B): August 12, 2018

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2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33; Psalm 130; John 6:35, 41-51 This morning we continue our journey in the sixth chapter of John and our exploration of the Eucharist. It is interesting to note the unusual way this morning’s gospel reading begins: It repeats the final verse of last week’s reading. Of course, that’s because this […]

The Ninth Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 12B): July 29, 2018

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2 Samuel 11:1-15; Psalm 14; John 6:1-21 True Confession Time: Preaching is not easy – not the actual preaching, but figuring out what to say:What do the scriptures say about what is going on in our world, and/or in the life of St. Paul’s? This puzzle is complicated by the fact that the scriptures are […]

The Eighth Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 11B): July 22, 2018

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2 Samuel 7:1-14a; Psalm 89:20-37; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 Have you ever been so tired that all you can think to do is curl up and go to sleep? That feeling where very fiber of your being is working toward getting that rest, and anything that gets in the way seems much more insurmountable than it […]

The Seventh Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 9B): July 8, 2018

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2 Samuel 5:1-5,9-10; Psalm 48; Mark 6:1-13 As you may be aware, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church is currently underway. This is our church’s primary governing body, which meets once every three years. Created at about the same time as our national government, it is a bicameral legislature—the House of Bishops, which is […]

The Sixth Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 8B): July 1, 2018

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2 Samuel 1:1, 17-24; Psalm 130; Mark 5:21-43 Good morning. I am delighted to see you all here – and once again to celebrate the Eucharist here in our beautiful churchyard. But I have to tell you, I really felt like I went to church yesterday. On the strong recommendation of Patty Melville, Don and […]

The Fifth Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 7B): June 24, 2018

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1 Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49; Psalm 9:9-20; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41 On October 17, 1735 John Wesley and his brother Charles set sail from England to Savannah, Georgia. Sometime into the four-month-long trip, a storm came up suddenly and broke the main mast. While the Englishmen were crying, a group of Moravians calmly […]