Sermons

Sermons

Watch, listen to, or read sermons from the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth and get a glimpse into how we engage with the Bible, the people in our congregations, and the world we live in. Subscribe to our podcast and listen to or download audio on the go.

Sermons offer a chance for the preacher to comment on what the congregation has just heard from the Bible. Sometimes, the sermon will relate the different readings to each other; sometimes it will relate one or more of the readings to what may be going on in the lives of people in a particular congregation, and also to what’s going on in the wider world.

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Chain reaction of love

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached at Trinity, Fort Worth, on the Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 22, 2022. —– Trinity Fort Worth 2022          6 Easter – Year C               May 22 It’s wonderful to see you in person. It’s been three years since we have gathered for Confirmations, although we have celebrated your new ministry with your new rector, Robert. I want to express my gratitude for the way you navigated the pandemic as a congregation: the innovative…

Seeking what is real

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Decatur, on the Fifth Sunday of Lent, April 3, 2022. —— Resurrection Decatur 2022                     5 Lent – Year C                              April 3 I have had the privilege to hear one of the great evangelical preachers speak a couple of times:  Tony Campolo.  If you are not familiar with him, Dr Campolo is a Baptist, a sociologist, a pastor, a spiritual advisor to presidents,  and a progressive. …

Centering our relationship with God

This is the sermon the Rev. Paula Jefferson preached on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of St. Mary’s Hillsboro, the oldest continuing congregation in our diocese. —— In the sixth month Gabriel is a very busy angel.  As God’s messenger in Luke’s Gospel, this guy is gaining quite a reputation.  Everywhere he appears, he disrupts the status quo of lives.  Two women who should not be pregnant … will be pregnant.  The husband and…

Love others . . .

This is the sermon the Rev. Kevin Johnson preached on the Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany, February 20, 2022, at St. Alban’s, Theatre Arlington. ——– And Jesus said, “I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you…do to others as you would have them do to you. And Joseph said (to his brothers who had sold him into slavery) do not be…

“I am not throwing away my shot”

This is the sermon the Rev. Paula Jefferson preached at the featured live streamed worship on the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 6, 2022, at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Keller. ——– I am not throwing away my shot. Last Wednesday evening, I had the chance to see Hamilton at Bass Hall in Fort Worth.  I also had the chance, compliments of Mother Nature, to have a dicey sleigh ride home.  Outside, it was cold, wet, and icy.  But inside Bass Hall,…

The Good News

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached at the joint service of St. Christopher and St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church on the Third Sunday of Advent, December 12, 2021. St. Christopher has been worshiping at St. Matthew’s since they lost their building in the end of the litigation. —— St Christopher FW with St Matthew’s Lutheran             December 12, 2021 I want to begin this morning by expressing gratitude on behalf of the Episcopal Church, this diocese, and St Christopher’s to…

Advent hope

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached at St. Mary’s, Hillsboro, on the Second Sunday of Advent, December 5, 2021. —– St Mary’s Hillsboro 2021            2 Advent                December 5 It is a joy to be with you – in person. It is a joy to be with you in this place. Thank you for your service to God in and through the Episcopal Church. If we are honest, there are easier paths right now – but, none any more…

The first Incarnation

This is the sermon the Rt. Rev. Scott Mayer, bishop of The Episcopal Church in North Texas, preached at his visitation to St. Alban’s Theatre Arlington, on the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 26, 2021. ———– St Alban’s Arlington 2021    Creation Season, Mountain Sunday   September 26 I have an all-time favorite New Yorker cartoon. It’s a cartoon picture of two fleas standing on a dog’s back. One flea is speaking to the other. And the flea says (the caption reads):…

The mystery of the other path

This is the sermon the Rev. Paula Jefferson preached on the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 19, 2021, for the live streamed worship service at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Keller. ——– The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as…

The bread of life

  This is the sermon the Rev. Alan Bentrup preached on the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, August 8, 2021, at the 10:30 am featured live streamed service of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Keller. ——- A Sermon for Proper 14B, 2021 John 6:35, 41-51 Like many folks, my wife took up the hobby of bread baking during the pandemic. Loaves, doughs, bagels, crackers. Man, you’ve got to try these crackers… Bread baking, I’ve learned, isn’t just a small hobby. There are costs involved.…

What is our cross over moment this day?

This is the sermon the Rev. Kevin Johnson preached at St. Alban’s Theatre Arlington, for the featured live streamed service for the Ninth Sunday of Pentecost, July 25, 2021. ——– If you’ll remember, few weeks back we talked about the notion that when Jesus crosses the Galilean Sea something is always afoot.  I think that was the sermon in which I observed that everyone always looks and sounds better with a group of back-up singers and the choir jumped right…

“Back where we started”

This is the sermon the Rev. Casey Shobe, rector, preached at the ordination of Ted Clarkson to the. priesthood on July 8, 2021, at The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Dallas. ——– Isaiah 6:1-8 Psalm 119:33-40 Acts 18:1-4, 18-21, 24-28 Luke 24:13-35 © 2021 by the Rev. R. Casey Shobe Sometimes, in God’s good time, we wind up right back where we started. Sometimes, we head out into the world, filled with our questions and hopes and faith, and before…

“What is our Kingdom work this week?”

This is the sermon the Rev. Amy Haynie preached at the featured online worship service of Trinity Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost. July 11, 2021. —————- Proper 10B Names are repeated in our family – and they may be in yours too – seems like it happens more often than not in families. Of course, I am Amy and my husband’s sister is Amy. When she got married a few years after we did, the…

“It’s all grace – all gift”

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached at the worship service before the diocesan picnic on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at All Saints’ School. Read the text below the sermon. Today the Episcopal Church in North Texas gathers together from all parts of the diocese, ranging from Wichita Falls to Hillsboro, a tremendous turnout, to celebrate the Holy Eucharist, the Sacrament of Confirmation, and have a picnic. It is a time to celebrate our identity as Episcopalians, and our…

“A story of friendship and resurrection”

This is the sermon the Rev. Bradley Dyche, rector, preached on the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Stephenville, on June 27, 2021 in the featured livestreamed service. ——- Readings: 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27; Mark 5:21-43 In the name of God who Creates, Redeems, Sustains, and befriends us. Amen. Greetings All! We at St. Luke’s are happy to have you worshiping with us right here in the ‘Ville. It’s a wonderful moment for us after celebrating with…

‘Open wide your hearts”

This is the sermon the Rev. Paula Jefferson preached on the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, June 20, 2021, for the online worship service of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Keller. —— Job 38:1-11 Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 Mark 4:35-41 Today’s readings present us with a similar theme:  human suffering and God’s engagement in our imperfect world.   Fr Ron refers to this sort of reading as, “The Happy Christian’s Guide to Suffering”.   Job, Mark’s Gospel, and Paul … each of these readings…