Sermons on Matthew

Sermons on Matthew

Keep Things Right

Father Jeff Paul talks about how the Karma Box, the ministry to people experiencing homelessness in Night Off the Streets, and stories from the books below show how we can follow Jesus to John and Keep Things Right. Based on Matthew 3:13-17 click the reference to read or listen to Deacon Betty read it at the beginning of our recording. More information about the books referenced in the sermon are at the end of this post. It is always good…

In The Time Of King Herod

Father Jeff compares the Time of Herod and the Shepherd of Israel as the magi (hundreds of them?!) come to visit. We begin with Isaiah 60:1-6. We have a different reading of Matthew 2:1-12 that linked here in the recording as part of the Godly Play exhibition of the Gospel. Below is a portion of the poem Kindness and a trailer for The Two Popes movie that Father Jeff shared in the message Before you learn the tender gravity of…

Joseph Answers a Big Question

Father Jeff reveals the secret of reading aloud the genealogy of Jesus, as we look at how Joeseph answers a big question and how we line up with his lineage. We begin with a reading from Isaiah 7:10-16 and Matthew 1:18-25 .

Are You The One?

Deacon Veronica explores the incarnation in relationships looking at Jesus’ web of family and her own. We stop listening to sermons after eight minutes. You can talk longer…but we won’t be listening. Just saying. – Older Sibling Our gospel Matthew 11:2-11 is available by clicking on the scripture or listening to the recording.

I Will Harbor You

The outlook and message of Matthew are the foundation for a message about the presence of Jesus. Father Jeff refers to Matthew 3:1-12 and Isaiah 11:1-10 (click the scripture for the text or listen to Matthew in the recording.) Here is an article about Fire is Medicine. Ms. Laverne said every day we should ask ourselves, ‘If the worst thing in the world happened, would I help protect someone else? Would I let myself be a harbor for someone who…

choosing love

Rev. Eric Heidecker examines the coming of Jesus looking at Matthew 24:36-44 click the reference to read or listen in the recording. This week’s audio is not as good as we would like it. We lost the last part of the message this week. Someone turned on a fan at a microphone and the end times came sooner than expected. Very Advent. Pray for the audio folks.

Be Grace rather than…

Ash Wednesday message and scripture by Father Jeff. The Bible reading from Matthew 6:1-6 (click to read) is buzzy, but it is Lent, so endure it…or skip to the better audio beginning the message at 1:30

We Know How Foreigners Are

Father Jeff talks about his religious journey today and what a bad atheist he was. Included are quotes from Brian D. McLaren one of which is below. For centuries, Christianity has been presented as a system of beliefs. That system of beliefs has supported a wide range of unintended consequences, from colonialism to environmental destruction, subordination of women to stigmatization of LGBT people, anti-Semitism to Islamophobia, clergy pedophilia to white privilege. What would it mean for Christians to rediscover their…