Archive for September 2014

16th Sunday after Pentecost 2014 - The Reverend Geoffrey Chapman

Monday, September 29th, 2014

This is a sermon about being truthful. The chief priests and temple authorities demanded Jesus be truthful, yet they themselves could not be truthful about who Jesus was - because it might cost them their life. 

The church must do the same. No one wants to be in a church that proclaims "everything is fine." We must proclaim what is truthfully happening in the world, in the church and in our lives if we are to live with God in our lives.

15th Sunday after Pentecost - The Reverend Geoffrey Chapman

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

God calls us to remember God. When we remember we are called to act. And we are called to "un-amnesia" - to remember everything we are, everything we are called to be, and everything God is.


14th Sunday after Pentecost 2014 - The Reverend Geoffrey Chapman

Monday, September 15th, 2014

This is a sermon from one of our intergenerational services on Holy Cross Day.

John 3:13-17

No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

 ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

 ‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.


13th Sunday after Pentecost - The Reverend Geoffrey Chapman

Monday, September 8th, 2014

We have an enormous responsibility as a church when it comes to hospitality. We not only create our own communities on earth, but we shape relationships with God and embody Christ on earth. This is a sermon about this profound responsibility and how things have changed in 2014.

Matthew 18:15-20

 ‘If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax-collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.’


12th Sunday after Pentecost 2014 - The Reverend Geoffrey Chapman

Monday, September 1st, 2014

This is a sermon about the danger of trying to save our lives. 

Matthew 16:21-28

 From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, ‘God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.’ But he turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling-block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’

Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?

‘For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.’