August 7, 2022 Sermon preached by The Rev. Katie Holicky

8.7.22 First Sundays Life Together Worship Rev. Katie Holicky, Assistant Rector Y’all I just love these First Sundays when we all come together to worship, learn, and grow as one big church family. Last time I preached at a First Sunday Life Together service you might remember that I combined my preaching styles. I am […]

July 31, 2022 Sermon preached by Carolyn H. Eklund

Year C; Proper 13FB; 7.31.2022 Luke 12:13-34             Last week I viewed a short video of a conversation between an “Angel” and “God.” The video was a parody of God, and focused on God’s creation of dogs. Naturally, I tuned in! The angel and God were the same actor, a young man in whose Instagram […]

July 24, 2022, Sermon preached by The Rev. Carolyn H. Eklund

Year C; Proper 12; 7.24.2022 Luke 11:1-13. Lord’s Prayer, Pater Noster             Five years ago, I spent three weeks in Frankfurt, Germany filling in for my dear friend, the rector of Christ the King Episcopal Church while he and his spouse vacationed. The church was founded by Episcopalians who were stationed in and near Frankfurt […]

July 17, 2022 Sermon Preached by Rev. Katie Holicky

7.17.22,  Luke 10:38-42 The Rev. Katie Holicky, Assistant Rector Phil and I live in Portland just two blocks-ish from Back Cove. Living this close to the ocean has been a gift I didn’t know my heart needed. This time of year, especially, we spend a lot of time walking the dusty trail, watching the seabirds, […]

July 10, 2022 Sermon preached by The Rev. Carolyn H. Eklund

Year C; Proper 10FB, 7.10.2022 Luke 10:25-37 The Good Samaritan             You might remember that two Sundays ago the gospel reading was from Luke chapter 9, describing Jesus and his disciples traveling through the hostile territory of Samaria on their way to Jerusalem. They were looking for hospitality from this enemy community. It should have […]

July 3, 2022 Sermon Preached by The Rev. Mary Lee Wile

Feast of St. Paul and St. Peter 2022 Back when I used to lead preordination retreats for deacons, I’d create a journal for each ordinand to use during our time together. As the start of the second session, I’d send them away for some quiet time to fill in a page titled “Who Am I?” […]

June 26, 2022, Sermon preached by The Rev. Carolyn H. Eklund

Year C; FB. Proper 8; 6.26.2022 Luke 9:51-62             “Jesus set his face toward Jerusalem.” This phrase tells us that there was no turning back as Jesus made his way to his death in the most holy city of his tribe. He had just made the second prediction of his death to his disciples which […]

June 19, 2022, Sermon preached by The Rev. Katie Holicky

6.19.22                   The Rev. Katie Holicky, Assistant Rector  Today we mark Juneteenth. This day honors the pain of slavery and the jubilation of liberation. Over two years after emancipation was declared the war ended, and the Union Army finally had freed up enough troops to go to […]

JUNE 12, 2022 SERMON PREACHED BY REV. CAROLYN E. EKLUND

Year C; Trinity Sunday, FB; 6.12.22 Romans 5:12-15             My early experience of disappointment, failure and suffering was that these were things of life that I was to bear alone. A disappointment at school, the let-down of friends, death of my grandmother or older brother’s teasing, all, I thought, were occasions of building strength and […]

JUNE 6, 2022 SERMON PREACHED BY REV. CAROLYN E. EKLUND

Year C; FB Pentecost Sunday, 6.5.2022 Acts 2:1-21             I don’t remember too much from my undergraduate organic chemistry class at the University of Kansas. But I do remember one of the lab experiments. One day the lab Teaching Assistant presented us with an experiment to study how heat catalyzes chemical reactions. I remember that […]