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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“Sanctify them. . .”

This is the sermon the Rev. Kevin Johnson preached at the diocesan worship service for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 16, 2021. We are grateful to Trinity, Fort Worth, for offering their St. Mary’s Chapel for the diocesan worship service. ——– John 17:6-19 It’s only 10 a.m. on a Sunday morning, your cup of coffee hasn’t quite kicked in, the synapses in your brain, in the words of the magnificent Dolly Parton, are still “yawning, stretching, and tryin’ to…

Abiding

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat preached at the Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 9, 2021. We are grateful to Trinity Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, for offering the use of their beautiful St. Mary’s Chapel for the service. ————– Easter 6B.2021 (Scripture for reference) John 15:1-8 I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. 2He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more…

In Christ’s family

This is the sermon the Rev. Allison Sandlin Liles preached at the online worship service for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 2, 2021. We are grateful to Trinity Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, for offering the use of their beautiful St. Mary’s Chapel for the service. ———– Easter 5B Acts 8:26-40 There are times when I wonder if the Church  — the whole church, not just St Stephen’s or the Episcopal Church in North Texas — I wonder if the…

“…your immeasurable love.”

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Granbury on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday, April 25, 2021. The service marked the 50th anniversary of the parish. ————– Good Shepherd Granbury 2021        4 Easter – Year B             April 25 I am glad to see you – in person. It has been a strange year, a surreal year, and for many people a devastating year. For most of a…

The Good Shepherd

This is the sermon the Rev. Kevin Johnson, St. Alban’s Theatre Arlington, preached at the online worship service on the Fourth Sunday in Easter, April 25, 2021. —— Easter 4 Yr B 2021 Slipping on my shoes, boiling water, toasting bread, buttering the sky: that should be enough contact with God in one day to make anyone crazy. (Hafiz) My experience with sheep is limited.  I’ve seen them grazing as I pass by in my car.  I have a couple…

“Oh, that we might see better times!”

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat preached at the online worship service for the Third Sunday in Easter. This is the last Sunday St. Luke’s will be in their building. ——- “Oh, that we might see better times!” I think that line from the Psalmist was meant just for us, for our tenacious little diocese and its faithful parishes.  “Oh, that we might see better times” – from the words of the Psalmist, through our lips to God’s…

Called to be the Body of Christ

This is the sermon the Rev. Linda Taylor preached on the Second Sunday of Easter for the diocesan worship service April 11, 2021. Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; I John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31 The Rev. Canon Linda S. Taylor In the last days of his life on Earth, Jesus said to his disciples: This is the new commandment I give to you: that you love one another as I have loved you. He asked them to continue his work in the…

“The tomb is empty. Love is released.”

This is the sermon the Rt. Rev. Scott Mayer preached at the diocesan worship service for Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021. ——— Easter Day, North Texas     April 4, 2021 Alleluia, Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia! Jesus Christ is risen today, and by his rising to new life, we are raised with him. For, resurrection happens not only to Jesus, but to us as well – and not only to us, but to all of creation. We…

Maundy Thursday Love

This is the sermon the Rev. Allison Sandlin Liles preached at the diocesan worship service for Maundy Thursday, April 1, 2021. ———- Maundy Thursday 2021 John 13:1-17, 31B-35 Today we find ourselves in a similar place as we did last year – observing Maundy Thursday in our separate homes rather than together in our church buildings. We hope that this digital service engages you and feels both holy and sacred, even though we couldn’t quite figure out how to virtually…

“We wish to see Jesus”

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat preached at the diocesan worship service for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, March 21, 2021. —————- Lent 5B March 21, 2021 John 12:20-33 Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered…

We don’t walk alone

This is the sermon the Rev. Allison Sandlin Liles preached at the diocesan worship service for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 14, 2021. ———- Lent 4B Ephesians 2:1-10 John 3:14-21 There are a handful of topics that I typically avoid in sermons: salvation, eschatology, divine judgement, and the New Testament epistles credited to Paul but not actually written by Paul. It’s not that I avoid difficult passages, I actually love exploring misunderstood texts and finding meaning in them for…

Set our sights on Jesus

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat preached at the diocesan worship service for the Third Sunday in Lent, March 7, 2021. ———— Lent 3B March 7, 2021 The Rev. Karen A. Calafat John 2:13-22 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of…

“Joy anyway”

This is the sermon Bishop Scott Mayer preached at the diocesan worship service for the Second Sunday of Lent, February 28, 2021. Watch it below or on YouTube. The text is below the video. ——– Lent 2 B Mark By now you know that we lost. In the course of a long interview this week,  I told a news reporter that I grieve with you, and I hurt for you,  but that I’m not worried about you. He was taken…

An ark of love and mercy

This is the sermon the Rev. Allison Sandlin Liles preached at the diocesan worship service for the First Sunday in Lent, February 21, 2021. ——- The Rev. Allison Sandlin Liles Lent 1B 2021 Genesis 9:8-17 The story of Noah’s Ark and the Great Flood is one of the most well-known stories of the Old Testament. It’s featured heavily in every children’s bible we own and was a fan favorite of my childhood Sunday School teachers.  Two parishes I previously served…

Every riven thing

This is the meditation the Rev. Kevin Johnson, St. Alban’s, Theatre. Arlington, gave at the diocesan worship service for Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021. ——– I have mixed feelings about Ash Wednesday.  I both profoundly appreciate the reality of acknowledging that I am an imperfect human being.  And something about the language and actions of Ash Wednesday seems to clash with the truth I know, which is that every child of God is created in the perfect image of God…

“This is my Son, the Beloved; Listen to him!”

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat, St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth, preached at the diocesan worship service for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, February 14, 2021. ——- The Feast of the Transfiguration February 14, 2021 The Rev. Karen A. Calafat Good Morning!  I am so glad you are here to worship on this very important day.  Today is the Feast of the Transfiguration where Jesus became dazzling bright on top of a mountain in order…