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, Nov 15, 2015

            Earlier in the week, I gave this sermon the title “A Way out of No Way,” with the intention of preaching about Hannah, and her release from a situation of such suffering, and from a dead end place where all she was really supposed to do was to resign herself to her own (admittedly undeserved) fate.  I will preach that message this...

Sunday, Nov 1, 2015

            It is All Saints Day, so let’s reflect together upon the saints, upon sainthood, for those officially recognized as saints, those who could or should be, those humble folks we’ve known who never will be thus recognized, and let’s even reflect upon ourselves!

            Let’s start with Saints Perpetua and Felicity, who are...

Sunday, Oct 18, 2015

I must begin this sermon with a spoiler alert.  If any of you are accompanying young (or not so young!) people to whose house the tooth fairy still visits, you may want to distract those persons for the next 30 seconds.

About eleven years ago, when he was six, our son Timothy lost yet another baby tooth.  As I put him to bed, we double-...

Sunday, Oct 4, 2015

There are, as you may know, two very different accounts of creation in the opening chapters of Genesis.  The first is the beautiful, liturgical language that we know so well of the six days, or stages, of creation: “and there was evening and there was morning, the third day.” In that version of creation human beings are created in one act, in...

Sunday, Sep 20, 2015

We are in our second week of lectionary readings from the Letter of James.  This is a letter, as you may know, that was dismissed with insults by Martin Luther, who saw it as proclaiming that good works are salvific, when Mr. Luther believed that only faith could be so.  Since Luther’s time, many a theologian and preacher have similarly...

Sunday, Sep 13, 2015

When I was a freshman in college my mother gave me a poetry textbook that she had had in college, and I’ve enjoyed it constantly since.  One of the poems I first cottoned on to is by Carl Sandburg, and it reads:

“Look out how you use proud words.

When you let proud words go, it is not easy to call them back.

They wear long...

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Do you want to be happy?   I hope your answer is “yes.”  The healthy answer is, “Yes.”  We should all want to be happy.  We should all pursue happiness most vigorously; it should be the goal of our lives.  “Happy,” begins the first word of the first Psalm : “Happy.”  It’s a Psalm that ancient texts don’t even give a title to.  It’s a kind of...

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Our story from the Book of Acts is from a time in the life of the apostles when they have left Jerusalem in order to bring the gospel to non-Jews as well as Jews.  They began in Samaria, and it was there that an angel told Philip simply to start walking – walking or riding an animal or anything – but to head in the direction of the far side of...

Sunday, Apr 5, 2015

Easter begins in the dark, in the quiet, before roosters and dogs begin to make their noise – no light, not a sound.  Three women get up in the dark and assemble the collection of spices that they had bought the evening before, as soon as the Sabbath had ended.  When dawn breaks, they start to make their way to the cave where their friend’s...

Sunday, Mar 15, 2015

Last week, our guest preacher, Ernesto Cortés Jr., spoke also at the lunch that followed, and those of us who were there heard him quote a writer who said, “It took one day to get the Hebrews out of Egypt; it took forty years to get Egypt out of the Hebrews.”  How true.  The text appointed for today from the First Testament shows us just one...

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