Sermons

On the recommendation of Bishop Loya, public services in the diocese have been suspended for the foreseeable future. We are offering instead a weekly sermon recorded in advance. You may also wish to try the streaming services from St. Mark’s Cathedral in Minneapolis, or from the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

You may also enjoy a presentation of Six Lessons and Carols, a joint project of the Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour and Shattuck-St.Mary’s School. This is a special collaboration with readings and musical selections, including a virtual choir, available for viewing at this link:

https://ssm.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=8501335f-8e64-493c-a5e5-ac8c016f3e2e

        Click on the PLAY button to hear Rev. Nick Mezacapa’s sermon for January 17th, 2021!

RCL  Epiphany 2  NRSV                  Year B
            Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

1 Samuel 3:1-20
            The boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.
           At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!” and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
            Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” Then the Lord said to Samuel, “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle. On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. For I have told him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever.”
            Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the Lord. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” He said, “Here I am.” Eli said, “What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.” So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. Then he said, “It is the Lord; let him do what seems good to him.”
            As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy prophet of the Lord.

1 Corinthians 6:12-20
            “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are beneficial. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food,” and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is meant not for fornication but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that whoever is united to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For it is said, “The two shall be one flesh.” But anyone united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun fornication! Every sin that a person commits is outside the body; but the fornicator sins against the body itself. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.

John 1:43-51    
                    Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
        

Readings taken from The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible © 1989 by The Division of Christian Education of The National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., used by permission.

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Sermon from January 10th, 2021 (Rev. Colin Maltbie)
Genesis 1:1-5; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11    

Sermon from January 3rd, 2021 (Christmas 2; Rev. Henry Doyle)
Jeremiah 31:7-14; Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19a; Matthew 2:1-15, 19-23

Sermon from December 27th, 2020 (Christmas 1; Rev. Colin Maltbie)
Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7; John 1:1-18

Sermon from December 24th, 2020 (Christmas Eve; Rev. Henry Doyle)
Isaiah 9:2–7; Titus 2:11–14; Luke 2:1–20

Sermon from December 20th, 2020 (Advent 4; Rev. James Young)
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Romans 16:25-27;  Luke 1:26-38

Sermon from December 13th, 2020 (Advent 3; Rev. Nick Mezacapa)
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28      

Sermon from December 6th, 2020 (Advent 2; Rev. Henry Doyle)
Isaiah 40:1-11; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8 

Sermon from November 29th, 2020 (Advent 1; Rev. Colin Maltbie)
Isaiah 64:1-9a; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37