Category Archives: Sermons

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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Sermon: Our Place at the Table

28 August 2016 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “Sometime this month, millions of Americans will step into one of the most fraught places in our society—a middle school or high school cafeteria. Middle and high schools have a strict social pecking … Continue reading

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Sermon: God’s Work and Ours

21 August 2016 — Dr. Irene Lawrence: While you were hearing the gospel read just now, there’s a good chance you said to yourself, “Oh, it’s just another healing story” and promptly tuned out. It’s true that Jesus spent a … Continue reading

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Sermon: Following Whom?

26 June 2016 — Dr. Irene Lawrence: When I was about ten years old, I heard a story that at the time I thought was very funny. It seems that one night there was a very thick, dense fog that … Continue reading

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Sermon: Choosing to Love

29 May 2016 – Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “My best friend from college is a thoroughgoing northerner. She grew up in Massachusetts and Ohio, and she definitely sounds like someone from the northeastern United States. She went to graduate school at … Continue reading

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Sermon: Love One Another

24 April 2016 – Rev. Cameron Ayers: Love one another. Much easier to say, I’m afraid, than to live. We could call this saying of Jesus the awkward commandment. The words simply don’t go together: commandment and love. Forcing someone … Continue reading

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