The Paradox of the Cross

Feast of Holy Cross Num 21:4b-9; Ps 98:1-6 I Cor 1:18-24; John 3:13-17 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister “For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (I Cor 1: 18) At the beginning of the fifth century, […]

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Filled With Grace

Feast of St. Mary the Virgin Isaiah 7:10-15; Ps 132:6-10, 13-14 Gal 4:4-7; Luke 1:46-55 The Rev. Dr. Deborah Meister Sermon on Facebook If you travel on the Western coast of Turkey, about halfway down, you come to the ruins of Ephesus, a significant port in the ancient world where the apostle Paul founded one […]

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God likes you

I Kings 19:9-18; Ps 85: 8-13 Rom 10: 5-15; Matt 14:22-33 The Rev. Dr Deborah Meister Sermon on Facebook Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but […]

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Forbearance and Hope

Sermon for the 7th Sunday after Pentecost – July 19, 2020 – Rev. Dr. Deborah Meister Isaiah 44:6-8; Ps 86:11-17 Rom 8: 12-25; Matt 13:24-30, 36-43 Sermon on Facebook Early yesterday morning, I took my dog for a walk; then I washed my hands. Later, we went to Mount Royal Park; then I washed my […]

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Slaves of God

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost June 28, 2020    Rev. Dr. Deborah Meister Sermon on Facebook Jer 28:5-9; Ps 89:1-4, 15-18 Rom 6:12-23; Matt 10:40-42 Your love, O Lord, forever will I sing; from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness For I am persuaded that your love is established forever; you have set your […]

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The Wounds of Christ

Sermon for Trinity Sunday by the Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister Gen 1:1-2:4a; Ps 8 2 Cor 13:11-13; Matt 28:16-20 Sermon on Facebook While I was in seminary, I was privileged to see an extraordinary exhibit at the National Gallery in London. Called “Seeing Salvation,” it presented an array of images of Christ spanning almost 2,000 […]

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In the path of the shepherd

4 Easter 2020 Acts 2:42-47; Ps 23 I Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10 The Rev. Dr. Deborah Meister Sermon on Facebook (video) A few years ago, I chose to walk a portion of the Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrim road which winds its way from all over Europe to Santiago de Compostella, in the northwest […]

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Good Friday: April 10, 2020 Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Ps 22:1-11 Heb 4:14-16, 5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42 The Rev. Dr. Deborah Meister Yesterday evening, I was deeply moved by the conclusion of our service. Jane read the words, “And all the disciples abandoned him and fled,” and we entered into a time of silence. Then, slowly, one by […]

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Choosing to become small

Palm Sunday, 2020 Matt 21:1-11; Ps 31:9-16 Phil 2:5-11; Matthew’s Passion The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister Wondering what to say to you today, I remembered something from when I was a small child. Each year, my mother or my father would take me to the big Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City. My dad […]

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To give them a garland instead of ashes

Ash Wednesday Isaiah 58:1-12 Psalm 103 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 Matthew 6:1-6, 15-21 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister St. Luke records the first sermon that Jesus ever preached. The way he tells it, Jesus went to his hometown to pray in the synagogue on the sabbath, and when the time came, they turned to him — […]

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Being Prepared by God for Freedom

Last Epiphany, 2020 Exodus 24:12-18; Ps 99 2 Pet 1:16-21; Matt 17:1-9 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister Yesterday, our Cathedral hosted our diocese’s first united diocesan celebration of black history, and it was a joyous day. The pews were packed with hundreds of worshipers; a choir gathered from many congregations sang songs from the black […]

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The true symbols of the gift of God

Feast of the Epiphany; 5 January, 2020 Is 60:1-6; Ps 72:1-7, 10-14 Eph 3: 1-12; Matt 2:1-12 Rev. Dr. Deborah Meister Can I let you in on a secret? I am tired of kings. Kings, princes, potentates, presidents: you can have them all. This week has shown us all too clearly what can happen when […]

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