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Category: Sermons for St. Matthews 2013-2014

The collection of sermons here reflects a year of transitional ministry at the parish of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Pacific Palisades, California.

Expire: Easter Saturday Sermon — April 19, 2014

Expire: Easter Saturday Sermon — April 19, 2014

Expire: Easter Saturday Sermon April 19, 2014 St. Matthew’s Parish, Pacific Palisades CA George Martin If you were belonged the Episcopal Church isomer years prior to 1970’s you know we used the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, and you will remember that the version of the Apostles Creed we used declared that Jesus had “descended into Hell.”  It was where he went when he died and where he was for two days. We read the lesson from 1st Peter because…

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EXIT: A Sermon for Maundy Thursday, April 17, 2014

EXIT: A Sermon for Maundy Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Holy Week Sermon Series St. Matthew’s Parish, Pacific Palisades, CA George Martin   Monday, April 14: Exile  I shared this sermon at the 7am service, but it wasn’t written. It focused on the assigned passage from Isaiah which is ascribed to the Second Isaiah who comforted the people carried into Exile in Babylon. My meditation was on the different ways we can feel like exiles in our own world, and how that points us to a faith that prepares…

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Untie Him and Let Him Go: Sermon April 6, 4014

Untie Him and Let Him Go: Sermon April 6, 4014

“Untie him and let him go.” Sermon for April 6th Fifth Lent St. Matthew’s Parish, Pacific Palisades CA George Martin   In La Crosse Wisconsin, next to the Mississippi River, a family gathered in the oldest cemetery to bury their grandmother. The family surname was carved in Gothic stone letters over the grey crypt built in the late 1800s. The priest thought that the service would take place, in the heart of the cemetery, next to the family crypt, but…

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The Faith Passed On — “Grandparent’s Day at St. Matthew’s School”

The Faith Passed On — “Grandparent’s Day at St. Matthew’s School”

  The Faith Passed On April 4, 2014 George Martin Grandparent’s Day at St. Matthew’s School   It’s Grandparent’s Day at St. Matthew’s. But we have more than Grandparents here. Some of you have significant friends. For some of you, your grandparents couldn’t come. They may live far away. So let my talk be not so much about the importance of grandparents, but about the place of elders in our lives. I want to begin with a truth that may…

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Listen to Jesus — Sermon for March 2, 2014

Listen to Jesus — Sermon for March 2, 2014

Listen to Jesus Sermon for Transfiguration Sunday Mar. 2, 2014 The Rev. Dr. George H. Martin Good Morning! And welcome to St. Matthew’s on one of those Sundays when we think about the future of the Church. Our focus begins with the young men and young women and what we call the Celebration of Manhood and Womanhood. This is, for them, what we’d call a rite of Passage. We recognized today that each of us is called to leave childhood…

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Becoming a Truthful People—Sermon for Feb. 16, 2014

Becoming a Truthful People—Sermon for Feb. 16, 2014

Becoming a Truthful People Sermon for February 16, 2014 The Rev. Dr. George Martin  My friend Clark Morphew worked for the Pioneer Press newspaper in St. Paul Minnesota. He was their religion editor. He’d been a Lutheran pastor but he had a somewhat irreverent attitude to Christians who were either too serious about too much, or Christians who were extremely pious but who failed to consider the needs of the poor and those who were suffering. We often met for…

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Music That Knows Heaven’s Door—Evensong—Feb. 9, 2014

Music That Knows Heaven’s Door—Evensong—Feb. 9, 2014

Sermon for Evensong at St. Matthew’s—Feb. 9, 2014 The Rev. Dr. George H. Martin Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! How is that line from Isaiah’s prophecy to be read? That way? A bland unemotional reading. Or is it a command, maybe even echoing the instrument invoked. SHOUT OUT, DO NOT HOLD BACK! LIFT UP YOUR VOICE LIKE A TRUMPET! Like a TRUM…MMMM..mmmmm…PET There’s such intensity and focus in Isaiah’s prophecy. I almost…

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Pitched Tent Among Us—Sermon for Dec. 29, 2013

Pitched Tent Among Us—Sermon for Dec. 29, 2013

Pitched Tent Among Us A Sermon for Dec. 29, 2013—The First Sunday After Christmas The Rev. Dr. George Martin During Advent I prepared for Christmas by focusing on the poem by W. H. Auden’s called For the Time Being.  It seems fitting to me to let you hear part of the conclusion to Auden’s telling of the Christmas story. He wrote: Well, so that is that. Now we must dismantle the tree, Putting the decorations back into their cardboard boxes…

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About That Manger: Christmas Eve 2013

About That Manger: Christmas Eve 2013

Christmas Eve—Dec. 24, 2013—St. Matthew’s Parish, Pacific Palisades, CA About that Manger The Rev. Dr. George Martin  In telling the Christmas Story, Charles Dickens has Ebeneezer Scrooge encounter the Ghost of Christmas Past. In that part of the narrative Scrooge reaches back into childhood memories. The memories he is shown reveal a history of his detachment from the real meaning of Christmas—a pattern set in place early in life, of other’s enjoying the Spirit of Christmas, while he was absorbed…

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What Can I Give Him? (Sermon for Advent 3)

What Can I Give Him? (Sermon for Advent 3)

What Can I Give Him? Sermon for Advent 3, Dec. 5, 2013 George Martin  On the Prairie Home Companion show last night on Public Radio, Garrison Keillor began by reflecting on the snow that fell on Lake Wobegon. He pointed out how delighted everyone was with it. And I was listening to it, and nodding in agreement. I get that. The wonders of new snow that’s fallen. And yes there are challenges in all that, but back in Minnesota, we…

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