Sermons by Rev. Hillary West

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Authority: Pentecost XVII (8:30 a.m. Service)

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Message: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 25:1-8 (Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16); Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32 In the Episcopal Church, we understand our authority to look like a three legged stool. It’s not a stool that sits upright. Of the three legged stool, one leg is much longer than the other two legs. First, we interpret the stool’s longest leg more »

Forgiveness: Pentecost XV

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Message: Genesis 50:15-21; Psalm 103: (1-7), 8-13; Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35 Rabbi Kushner tells the story of a woman, divorced, a mom. She’s faithful. She’s also troubled by the command to forgive. Now, with her marriage dissolved, her ex-husband enjoying the frivolous freedom of his new life, not upholding his responsibilities, she works endlessly to support more »

Get Things Right: Pentecost XIV

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Message: Ezekiel 33:7-11; Psalm 119:33-40; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20 We all have that someone or those people in our lives with whom we just can’t find peace; the person who has wronged us. The annoying boss who has to insist all the time that he’s right. The co-worker who can’t hold up their end of the more »

Overcoming Evil with Good: Pentecost XIII

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Message: Jeremiah 15:15-21; Psalm 26:1-8; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28 Recently, I learned of a group of folks who having signed a contract agreement to occupy space found themselves in a position where they could no longer honor the contract. According to the agreement, they gave notice and took the necessary steps to vacate the premises. Sadly, more »

The Rock: Pentecost XII

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Message: Isaiah 5:1-6; Psalm 138; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20 How often do we ask the question, who is Jesus? I imagine if we sat in the back of the worship space for a Table Talk with our cups of coffee and informally shared our thoughts of who Jesus is, we’d hear a lot of different answers. more »

Chaos or Community: Pentecost XI

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Message: Isaiah 56:1, 6-8; Psalm 67; Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32; Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28 We heard from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry this past week. He reminded us of Martin Luther King, Jr. final book, entitled Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? Written in 1967, one year before King was killed by an assassins’ bullet, more »

Get Out of the Boat: Pentecost X

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Message: 1 Kings 19:9-18; Psalm 85:8-13; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33 We all know the story. It’s among our top favorites. Jesus walking on the water. Mark’s gospel and John’s gospel share the same story as Jesus makes his disciples get in the boat and the waters are rough because of strong winds. All three gospels show more »

The Transfiguration: Pentecost IX

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Message: Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99 or 99:5-9; 2 Peter 1:13-21; Luke 9:28-36 Dazzling It can be argued that the idea of conservatism reaches as far back as the sixteenth century when reformers reacted to the doctrines of the conventional thinking of the Roman Catholic Church proposing a more progressive vision for the church. Conservatism is an more »

Kingdom Talk, Let’s Get to Work: Pentecost VIII

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Message: 1 Kings 3:5-12; Psalm 119:129-136; Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Earlier this week, a radio commentator announced that he was going to air his show in the morning and again at night because, he said, “we have a lot to talk about lately.” He’s right. We do have a lot to talk about. With tension more »

The Mystery of Good & Evil: Pentecost VII

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As God in Christ works in our good and our evil, we’re held accountable; and God confronts us with the ordeal of waiting and then judgment. What are we to do in such a quandary? Let anyone with ears listen, the gospel writer advises. Trust in our God in Christ. Stay deep in God’s Word; constant in prayer and commitment to community.