Category Archives: Sermons

Sermon: A Community of Disciples

21 January 2018 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? Funny how the disciples don’t seem to have asked that. They don’t seem to have asked anything at all, really. Simon and Andrew … Continue reading

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Sermon: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

14 January 2018 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “I’ve had some unexpected time for contemplation lately. I had a cold over Christmas, and then as soon as I got over that I came down with the flu. So I was sick … Continue reading

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Sermon: Look to the Shepherds

24 December 2017 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “It was chilly that night, and chill in the winter meant damp. As the dew began to form on the grass, the shepherds pulled their cloaks around themselves a little more tightly. The … Continue reading

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Sermon: Practicing the Truth

10 December 2017 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “The Ministry of Magic is in a sticky spot in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. If they admit that Harry witnessed the return of Lord Voldemort, the most powerful dark … Continue reading

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Sermon: The Reformation at 500

29 October 2017 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “Five hundred years ago this Tuesday a monk posted a statement on a church door in Germany expressing some disagreements with the Roman Catholic Church. What he said resonated with people. They supported … Continue reading

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Sermon: Shiphrah, Puah, Grandpa, and Me: After Charlottesville

27 August 2017 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “My grandfather, Captain William Eigel, Jr., served in Patton’s Third Army during the Second World War. He landed in Normandy only a few days after D-Day and joined the long, hard push eastward … Continue reading

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Sermon: One Body, Christ’s Body

22 January 2017 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “Wide gaps between the haves and the have-nots. Stark ethnic and racial divisions. Conflicts about the role of women. Hostility to the poor. Battles over sexual ethics. Fractures along party lines. Divisions so … Continue reading

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Sermon: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story?

8 January 2017 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “Who lives? Who dies? Who tells your story? Fifty years after Alexander Hamilton’s death in a duel, his wife Eliza is reaching the end of her very long life. She’s collected her husband’s … Continue reading

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Sermon: After the Election

13 November 2016 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “Can you believe these lessons? I can’t decide if they are the most inappropriate readings imaginable for the Sunday after an election or a pairing of sheer genius. The lectionary, our three-year cycle … Continue reading

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Sermon: Bearing Hardship, Seeking Light

4 September 2016 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “Back before seminary I worked as the communications director for a large Episcopal parish. Part of my job was preparing the service bulletins every week. This parish had a teeny, tiny problem with … Continue reading

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