Sermons by The Rev. Sam Smith

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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 […]

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


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


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


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


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 […]