sermons & Illuminations

"The voice of God rings through the ages." Rev. Kelly Kirby

"We should consider what kind of Child of God we are collectively, as humanity."
Rev. Benjamin Hart

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Read the Illuminations

Readings and Illuminations for Universe Sunday, October 2, 2022

Welcome! We worship this Sunday with the entire universe, conscious that the universe is a vast sacred space of which we humans on Earth are such a small but privileged part. We join the Psalmists and call on the sky above and the deep below to shout with songs of praise. We celebrate the wondrous spiritual force called Wisdom which permeates, activates, and unifies the web of worlds that is our universe.

First Reading: Proverbs 8:22-31
‘The Wisdom Behind the World’
In this text, Wisdom is portrayed as a woman speaking. She claims to have existed before God created the universe and was a partner with God in the design of each part of the universe.

Psalm: Psalm 104:24-26
‘A World Created by Wisdom’
The whole world is formed by the wisdom of God thereby giving it all its parts, laws, design and purpose. That world even includes domains where God ‘plays’ with wild creatures in the ocean.

Second Reading: Colossians 1.15-20
‘Christ, the Cosmic Power’
Christ is here introduced as the Cosmic One who is not only a force before all things existed but the one who is now the unifying impulse in all creation.

Gospel: John 6.41-51
‘Living Bread from Heaven’
Jesus claims to have been sent by the Father, the creator of the universe. As such, Jesus is that bread from another cosmic realm who offers life to those on Earth.

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St. Matthew's Episcopal is following Track One in 2022.
We worship with the entire cosmic reality “Praise him you highest skies” Ps.148.1 

Dimensions of Faith Lectures

Dimensions of Faith invites thinkers and writers to explore the interface of religion and culture, as we continue as a parish to challenge our minds and renew our spirits.

Upcoming Speakers:
John Philip Newell (Sunday, October 23, 2022)

Previous Speakers Include:
Nadia Bolz-Weber / Dr. Lewis Brogdon / Sarah Bessey / Steve Crump Ruby Sales / Dr. Amy-Jill Levine / Marcus Borg / Sara Miles
Robert Putnam / John Dominic Crossan / Brian McLaren / Scott Gunn