Sermon Archive

We invite you to reflect upon these sermons, offered at the Sunday morning service at the Princeton University Chapel.

We hope that you find them to be a resource to you in your own spiritual journey.

Sermons

Sunday, Dec 17, 2017
As I thought this past week about this text for today—Mary’s visit to Elizabeth—I was also hearing and reading the news in this country.  As women (and some men) continue to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault the phrase “Me Too” is everywhere.  It occurred to me that this is what Mary needed to say to Elizabeth, because Elizabeth...
Sunday, Nov 5, 2017

It has been a very full week since we met for worship last Sunday – I could say that it has been full of rest for a University community on Fall Break, full of revelation and speculation for a country experiencing the first public indictments made by Princeton Alumnus and Special Prosecutor Bob Mueller, it has been a week of the anniversary of...

Sunday, Oct 15, 2017

Living in anxious times – I am blessed not to have any major sources of worry in my life right now, but I certainly spend lots of time in pastoral conversation with those who do.  I spent time this past week with Dreamers on campus, students who enrolled long ago in DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  They now fear deportation,...

Sunday, Oct 1, 2017

Questions about fairness start early in a person’s life, don’t they?  This past week, I watched a colleague’s toddler eat just enough of his good dinner in order to receive a piece of the cake he was fixated on in the corner of my kitchen counter.  (I still become quite aggrieved if I eat the healthy food but am somehow denied dessert.)  When I...

Sunday, Sep 10, 2017
Hello Chapel Family!  How good it is to be here together again.  The choir is back!  The clergy are back and so are those in our community of faith who’ve been travelling!  Upper class and grad students are filtering back on to campus.  And there are the newest members of our family, whom we welcome with wide-open arms.  Wherever life has taken...
Sunday, May 21, 2017

The news sources that I click on or listen to are saying that the American public today is entirely split in its social and political opinion, that we have never been more divided, and that the differences are so profound that we may forever be two Americas.  I think, hope, and pray that this isn’t accurate, and that it is more the kind of...

Sunday, May 7, 2017

These lovely words that we’ve just heard from the Book of Acts are about a community that is on fire – they are passionate, they are glowing, they are unstoppable.  They are, together, like a person in the throes of a great new love:  they are, in every moment, their best selves.  Their sense of personal ethics they now proudly proclaim and go...

Sunday, Apr 30, 2017

Easter happened – it was two weeks ago.  We know Easter happened because we were there, or here – we woke up that Sunday morning and came to Chapel and the whole world was here and there were kites flying and special music and even, in 2017, a few Easter hats.  We might need to remind ourselves that Easter happened, though.  Fourteen days later...

Sunday, Apr 16, 2017
A very happy Easter to all of you!  It is a glorious day in every way – warm sunshine, the earth coming alive with millions of colorful buds, and yes – the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which summons us all together in this magnificent chapel.  The long winter of our disobedience, our evil towards one another and to God, it is over; Christ rises...
Sunday, Mar 26, 2017

My thanks to Zoe for that elegant reading of such a long passage – 41 verses! – the entirety of the story in John’s gospel of the man who was born blind.  Those who were here last week were treated to the entire story, of equal length, of Jesus’s encounter with the woman at the well.  Next week we will hear the equally lengthy story of the...

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