Sermons by The Rev. Sam Smith

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The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 16C): August 25, 2019

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Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; Luke 13:10-17 “Sometime in 1619, a Portuguese slave ship [the São João Bautista] traveled across the Atlantic Ocean with a hull filled with human cargo: captive Africans from Angola, in southwestern Africa. The men, women and children, most likely from the kingdoms of Ndongo and Kongo, endured the horrific journey, bound […]

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 14C): August 11, 2019

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Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16; Psalm 50:1-8, 23-24; Luke 12:32-40 Perhaps you’ve heard of Marie Kondo, the Japanese organizing consultant and writer. In books like The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and her Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, she espouses the idea that we should always be cleaning and organizing, keeping only those things that […]

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 13C): August 4, 2019

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Colossians 3:1-11; Psalm 107:1-9, 43; Luke 12:13-21 As you know, we are in the midst of a community book read. The premise of David Brook’s The Second Mountain is that the common pattern in life is to become adult and begin climbing the mountain that we are expected to scale. Brooks says, “On the first […]

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 12C): July 28, 2019

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Colossians 2:6-15; Psalm 85; Luke 11:1-13 I wonder if you’ve noticed, that recently there has been a bit of a backlash against prayer. Well maybe not just against prayer, but certainly against “thoughts and prayers.” That’s the phrase that often gets used and a publicly notable event—politicians and celebrities offer their thoughts and prayers. It’s […]

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 10C): July 14, 2019

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Amos 7:7-17; Psalm 82; Luke 10:25-37 If you have paid any attention to the rhetoric of politicians these days (and if you haven’t, good for you – your blood pressure is undoubtedly lower than mine!), you have heard the term fake news. As I did a little research on this term (which for me has […]

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 9C): July 7, 2019

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2 Kings 5:1-14; Psalm 30; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 Good morning! I am delighted that we are worshiping again in the church yard. There was a memorial service in the church yesterday—right before the heavens opened up with that big rain shower—and it was a steam bath in there. The temperatures and the humidity have gone […]

The First Sunday after Pentecost-Trinity Sunday: June 16, 2019

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Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Psalm 8; John 16:12-15 This Thursday marks the 10th anniversary of my ordination to the transitional diaconate—when I was first given the honorific of “The Reverend,” and passed a very important milestone in my vocation. Now, make no mistake, I was in the Church business a lot longer than that—I started study […]

The Day of Pentecost – Whitsunday: June 9, 2019

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Colossians 3:1-11; Psalm 107:1-9, 43; Luke 12:13-21 Have you ever been misunderstood? Have you ever come to realize that your words or actions have been completely misconstrued? In today’s world, it seems like it is the norm for folks to interpret the same event in very different ways—and to have widely varying opinions about what’s […]

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 […]