Answer Boldly

May 28, 2017 – Seventh Sunday of Easter/Communion Proclaimer: Rev. Martha Kearse, DMin Sermon: Answer Boldly Scripture: Acts 9:1-19; 1 Kings 19:9b-13; Psalm 46 No one ever told me that Joan of Arc, Jeanne d’Arc or Jeanne La Pucelle to you francophiles, was such a rebel. In every movie I’ve ever...

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Salty

January 15, 2017 – Second Sunday after Epiphany Proclaimer: Rev. Martha Kearse Sermon: Salty Scripture: Deuteronomy 31:1-8; Isaiah 40:28-31; Matthew 3:1-12, 5:13 When John the Baptist was still in the womb, his mother, Elizabeth, was visited by her cousin, Mary. According to the story, when Mary came into view, the baby...

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Stepping Back

September 4, 2016 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Proclaimer: Rev. Martha Kearse Summer Sermon Series: STORIES TO LIVE BY Sermon: Stepping Back Scripture: Matthew 20:1-16 Thomas Merton’s life was a hot mess. Having been raised by his artist father in places around the US, London, Bermuda and Paris, Thomas Merton came...

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Off Road

August 21, 2016 – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Proclaimer: Rev. Martha Kearse Summer Sermon Series: STORIES TO LIVE BY Sermon: Off Road Scripture: Luke 18:9-14; Isaiah 58:6-14 It has been a quiet week in Charlotte, NC, my hometown. One of the presidential candidates came to town this week, with the accompanying...

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Repent.

August 7, 2016 – Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Proclaimer: Rev. Martha Kearse Summer Sermon Series: STORIES TO LIVE BY Sermon: Repent. Scripture: Luke 12:13-23 I was wrong. Do you remember those little tennis socks that came out in the 70’s? They were cropped to be even with the tops of your...

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More

July 24, 2016 – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Proclaimer: Rev. Martha Kearse Summer Sermon Series: STORIES TO LIVE BY Sermon: More Scripture: Luke 11:1-13; Psalm 100 Many of Jesus’ parables are offered in answer to specific questions he has been asked: “Who is my neighborhood?” “How should we pray?” If Jesus...

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Door Frames

July 3, 2016 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Proclaimer: Rev. Martha Kearse Summer Sermon Series: STORIES TO LIVE BY Sermon: Door Frames Scripture: Luke 10:25-37; Deut. 6:1-9; Psalm 90:1-6 Once upon a time, there was a little boy who loved doors. In particular, he loved to open doors and run through...

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Sanctuary

The St. John’s Pulpit March 6 – Fourth Sunday in Lent Proclaimer: Rev. Martha Kearse Worship Theme: Imitating the Spiritual Life of Jesus: What Jesus Wouldn’t Do Sermon: Sanctuary Scripture: Isaiah 43:1-7,18-19; Acts 10:23b-40a Back in the age of reading, many of us read (or were required to read) the...

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