15 October 2017 – 19th Sunday after Pentecost

The Rev. Dr. Austin Leininger Sermon of Proper 23 19th Sunday After Pentecost Bread for the World Sunday Readings: Isaiah 25:1-9 Psalm 23 Philippians 4:1-9 Matthew 22:1-14 Today we pray with parishes all over the U.S. for the alleviation of hunger as we observe Bread for the World Sunday. From Bread for the World: Today … [Read more…]

8 October 2017 – 18th Sunday after Pentecost

The Rev. Dr. Austin Leininger Sermon of Proper 22 18th Sunday After Pentecost 8 October 2017 Readings: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 Psalm 19 Philippians 3:4b-14 Matthew 21:33-46 With all the language around killing in today’s gospel, it is hard to get away from the theme of violence and heartbreak that this past week has held. … [Read more…]

1 October 2017 – Celebration of St. Francis Day

The Rev. Dr. Austin Leininger Sermon of Proper 21 17th Sunday After Pentecost St. Francis Day Celebration 1 October 2017 Readings: Ezekiel 18:1-4,25-32 Psalm 25:1-8 Philippians 2:1-13 Matthew 21:23-32 Who can tell me who we are celebrating today? Why are we having church outside? Does anyone know the connection between St. Francis and being outside … [Read more…]

24 September 2017 – 16th Sunday after Pentecost

The Rev. Dr. Austin Leininger Sermon of Proper 20 16th Sunday After Pentecost 24 September 2017 Readings: Jonah 3:10-4:11 Psalm 145:1-8 Philippians 1:21-30 Matthew 20:1-16 I must admit that I laughed when I read Jonah’s response this week to God’s willingness to spare Nineveh. Of all the reversals in this week’s scriptures, the first being … [Read more…]

17 September 2017 – 15th Sunday after Pentecost

The Rev. Dr. Austin Leininger Sermon of Proper 19 15th Sunday After Pentecost 17 September 2017 Readings: Exodus 14:19-31 Psalm 114 Romans 14:1-12 Matthew 18:21-35 Today, as we offer prayers for continuing healing and support for the victims of this year’s hurricanes, we have a poignant reminder in our first reading of the power of … [Read more…]

10 September 2017 – 14th Sunday after Pentecost

The Rev. Dr. Austin Leininger Sermon of Proper 18 14th Sunday After Pentecost 10 September 2017 Readings: Exodus 12:1-14 Psalm 149 Romans 13:8-14 Matthew 18:15-20 Over the past couple of weeks we’ve seen examples of Jesus offering both gentle and more stern correction to his disciples and followers. Just before last week’s gospel picked up … [Read more…]

27 August 2017 – 12th Sunday after Pentecost

The Rev. Dr. Austin Leininger Sermon of Proper 16 12th Sunday After Pentecost 27 August 2017 Readings: Exodus 1:8-2:10 Psalm 124 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20 I can’t read the story of Moses’ deliverance from the river without thinking back on when my children reenacted this story countless times, each of them wanting to take turns … [Read more…]

20 August 2017 – 11th Sunday after Pentecost

The Rev. Dr. Austin Leininger Sermon of Proper 15 11th Sunday After Pentecost 20 August 2017 Readings: Genesis 45:1-15 Psalm 133 Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28 This week, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry stated that “Moments of crisis are times of decision, and this is a time of decision.” Speaking out against the events … [Read more…]

6 August 2017 – Sermon of the Transfiguration

The Rev. Dr. Austin Leininger Sermon of the Transfiguration 6 August 2017 Readings: Exodus 34:29-35 2 Peter 1:13-21 Luke 9:28-36 Psalm 99 or 99:5-9 Twice daily at the dawn and dusk – in the twilight where colors seem somehow more vibrant and the air around you seems to shimmer with a living energy – these … [Read more…]

30 July 2017 – 8th Sunday after Pentecost

The Rev. Dr. Austin Leininger Sermon of Proper 12 8th Sunday After Pentecost 30 July 2017 Readings: Genesis 29:15-28 Psalm 105:1-11, 45b Romans 8:26-39 Matthew 13:31-33,44-52 I’ve been struggling recently with my youngest son, Luke’s, inability to regulate his energy. Like most seven year old boys, his energy starts at 100% from about 6:00am onward, … [Read more…]