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, Feb 21, 2010

The weeks and months of our lives move forward. Inexorably they move ; there is nothing we can do to make time literally go faster or to slow it down. I think back with regret over periods of my life that were too, too busy and very stressed, times in which I was prompted to wish time away – to want to fast-forward, times when I paid...

Sunday, Feb 7, 2010

I find that the writer Fred Buechner is often able to describe Biblical stories with such freshness that I get a new understanding and a new feeling for the text after reading his interpretation. So I begin by sharing with you his telling of the call of Isaiah:

“There were banks of candles flickering in the distance...

Sunday, Jan 10, 2010

What a glorious outpouring of holy love do we read about in our Bible passages for today – God’s bottomless love for Israel, God’s claiming of the newly baptized Jesus as beloved. I read each of these texts as a reminder of God’s bottomless love for all humanity. I could preach multiple sermons on why I believe this to be true, but...

Thursday, Dec 24, 2009

“In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.” All the world! Wow – this one man, Augustus, has power over all the world! Well – not quite. He was Caesar, the ruler of the Roman Empire; it was massive, and it must have encompassed all of the world known to the Evangelist Luke, who...

Sunday, Nov 8, 2009

The last year has brought hardship to many people, as we all are aware, because of the financial meltdown. In the last several weeks employees of this University have learned the details about staff reductions here, and it has been painful for everyone, especially those affected directly by layoffs, time and salary reductions, and...

Sunday, Nov 1, 2009

On Thursday night I went to a haunted house in New York City.  Loser that I am, I couldn’t convince anyone to go with me, so I went on my own, determined to have an experience of the Halloween spirit. Well, it was exactly as you imagine – silly, not particularly scary, but with a lot of actors dressed as vampires and crazy people...

Sunday, Oct 25, 2009

A number of years ago I was living in New York City, going through the motions of finding work as an actress by day and proofreading documents at a major corporate law firm by night. I was involved in a church. I had a lot of friends. Manhattan was a great place to enjoy food and theater, adventure and life. As time went on, I felt...

Sunday, Oct 25, 2009

During the summer of 2004, I had the privilege, as I think did some others in this sanctuary, of attending the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Barcelona. After that conference ended, I took a little day trip; I took the train about an hour or so to the city of Tarragona. I had read in a guide book that it had a beautiful,...

Sunday, Oct 4, 2009

On Friday morning, as I was procrastinating about writing this sermon, a funny coincidence happened (or maybe a nudge from God to just start writing!)  The Arts section of the New York Times was on the top of the newspaper pile on the kitchen table and its lead article was a review of a new movie based on… the Book of Job!  The main...

Sunday, Sep 20, 2009

Our appointed text for the day from the Book of Proverbs is something of a lightning rod! There are folks who think it’s wonderful, others who find it harmful, some who think they should be discomfited by it and others who are determined not to be. The passage was, of course, written in a certain context. As one (appreciative)...

Pages