16 July 2017 – 6th Sunday after Pentecost

The Rev. Dr. Austin Leininger Sermon of Proper 10 6th Sunday After Pentecost 16 July 2017 Readings: Isaiah 55:10-13 Psalm 65: (1-8), 9-14 Romans 8:1-11 Matthew 13:1-9,18-23 This Sunday we take a break from Abraham’s ongoing family-history, with the birth of Isaac and Rebecca’s twins, Esau and Jacob in this morning’s alternate reading, to do … [Read more…]

9 July 2017 – 5th Sunday after Pentecost

The Rev. Dr. Austin Leininger Sermon of Proper 9 5th Sunday After Pentecost 9 July 2017 Readings: Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 Song of Solomon 2:8-13 Romans 7:15-25a Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 There is an interesting tension this weekend, between our celebrations of our independence as a nation this past Tuesday, and our readings, which remind us … [Read more…]

2 July 2017 – 4th Sunday after Pentecost

The Rev. Dr. Austin Leininger Sermon of Proper 8 4th Sunday After Pentecost 2 July 2017 Readings: Genesis 22:1-14 Psalm 13 Romans 6:12-23 Matthew 10:40-42 Our first reading this morning sets up a shocking picture of relationships, faith, and expectations. There is little if anything that we can say to make either God’s command or … [Read more…]

11 June 2017 – Trinity Sunday

The Rev. Dr. Austin Leininger Sermon of Trinity Sunday 11 June 2017 Readings: Genesis 1:1-2:4a Canticle 13 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Matthew 28:16-20 Over the past few years I have become more and more aware of and profoundly moved by the ancient and yet continual thread in our Christian tradition that has focused on God’s inherent … [Read more…]

4 June 2017 – Pentecost

The Rev. Dr. Austin Leininger Sermon of Pentecost Sunday 4 June 2017 Readings: Acts 2:1-21 Psalm 104:25-35, 37 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 John 20:19-23 Today’s image of the Holy Spirit is not what we have come to expect as a church that has sought for centuries to tame the Holy Spirit. In art, and iconography, we … [Read more…]

28 May 2017 – Seventh Sunday of Easter

The Rev. Dr. Austin Leininger Sermon of the 7th Sunday of Easter 28 May 2017 Readings: Acts 1:6-14 Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11 John 17:1-11 Today is the last Sunday in our journey through the Easter mystery. Including today, we’ve spent seven Sunday’s together contemplating the magnitude of Christ’s resurrection life, culminating in … [Read more…]

7 May 2017 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

The Rev. Dr. Austin Leininger Sermon of the 4th Sunday of Easter 7 May 2017 Readings: Acts 2:42-47 Psalm 23 1 Peter 2:19-25 John 10:1-10 Despite no longer being a society that readily relates to analogies of shepherds and sheep, the enduring quality of God as the Good Shepherd is one that still reminds us … [Read more…]

30 April 2017 – Third Sunday of Easter

The Rev. Dr. Austin Leininger Sermon of the 3rd Sunday of Easter 30 April 2017 Readings: Acts 2:14a,36-41 Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17 1 Peter 1:17-23 Luke 24:13-35 Throughout salvation history, as we heard in the ancient stories and prophecies recalled at the Easter Vigil, there is an overarching story of God’s presence and love throughout the … [Read more…]