Sermons by The Rev. Sam Smith

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The First Sunday of Advent: December 1, 2019


Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44 We have now passed Thanksgiving, and so begin our headlong rush toward Christmas. For me, it always feels like a frenzy! As a child I remember December being the longest month; all of the anticipation of Christmas made it endless! But as I have grown older, it […]

The Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King: November 24, 2019


Jeremiah 23:1-6; Canticle 16 (The Song of Zechariah); Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43 As you may know, there was troubling incident at Monument Valley Middle School last month. As reported in the Berkshire Eagle, “a student repeatedly had been telling Jewish students that he was going to ‘nuke the Jews,’ and that ‘I have a list […]

The Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 27c): November 10, 2019


Haggai 1:15b-2:9; Psalm 145:1-5, 18-22; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17; Luke 20:27-38 Yesterday I attended the 118th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, along with our priest associate Jane Tillman and our two lay delegates, Diana French and Natalie Boyce. We did a lot of the business of the church—approving budgets, receiving reports, and […]

All Saints’ Day(transferred): November 3, 2019


Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18; Psalm 149; Ephesians 1:11-23; Luke 6:20-31 I am sure you noticed that our church yard is a little barer this week. We had to take down the magnificent maple tree that has stood in our church yard for a many, many years. I have worried about that tree since I arrived here, […]

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 18C): September 8, 2019


Jeremiah 18:1-11; Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17; Philemon 1-21; Luke 14:25-33 Well, here we go again.  In this morning’s gospel, Jesus is up to his usual devices, saying things that surprise and puzzle us. Speaking to the crowd following him on the road to Jerusalem, Jesus makes bold demands: “Whoever comes to me and does not hate […]