Fully Salt and Light : February 9th, 2020

Sermon preached on February 9, 2020 I loved celebrating Candlemas last Sunday. It seemed to encompass all of the themes of Epiphany conveniently packaged into a single feast day. As we celebrated the light of Christ coming into the world, embodied in the joy and promise of a baby, at 10am, our own little one, Read More …

Blessing the Light of Candlemas: February 2nd, 2020

Preached on February 2, 2020 Candlemas, Presentation of Jesus in the Temple Today we celebrate the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, and Candlemas when traditionally, churches would bless candles for use in the church and people’s homes during the remaining days of winter’s darkness. Since ancient times people have celebrated this day, it marks Read More …

The Expansive Kingdom of Heaven: With Video!

Sermon preached on Jan 26, 2020 Annual Meeting Sunday, Opening and Closing prayers for annual meeting (below) are meant to be heard in context of this sermon. In this morning’s Gospel from Matthew Jesus’ ministry finally really begins. “Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”[1]  This is the heart of Read More …

Come and See Basketball

Preached on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 Epiphany 3 (Preached with a basketball in hand) When Jesus turned and saw John’s disciples following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Teacher, where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” (Bounce) It was the crazy time of year Read More …

Beloved Showing Forth

Sermon Preached on January 12, 2020 – Baptism of Our Lord By The Rev. Dr. Nina R. Pooley St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Yarmouth, ME Isaiah 42:1-9 Psalm 29 Acts 10:34-43 Matthew 3:13-17 Beloved Showing Forth Good morning. Here we are, the second Sunday of January, and the First Sunday after the Epiphany, officially called: The Read More …

Predisposed to Hope in the New Year

Sermon Preached on January 5, 2020 – Epiphany Sunday By The Rev. Dr. Nina R. Pooley St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Yarmouth, ME Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 Ephesians 3:1-12 Matthew 2:1-12 Predisposed to Hope in the New Year It is the New Year – how did that happen so quickly? New year, new possibilities, that’s Read More …

A Very Different Christmas Story

Sermon Preached on December 24, 2019 – Christmas Eve, 9PM By The Rev. Dr. Nina R. Pooley St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Yarmouth, ME Isaiah 9:2-7 Luke 2:1-20 A Very Different Christmas Story I admit it, this year I’m enjoying the fanfare of Christmas. The carols, the tree, the preparation… And I’m not alone – I’ve Read More …

Expectations of a Different Kind

Sermon Preached on December 8, 2019 – Advent II By The Rev. Dr. Nina R. Pooley St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Yarmouth, ME Isaiah 11:1-10 Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 Romans 15:4-13 Matthew 3:1-12 Expectations of a Different Kind John the Baptist is a weird guy, unexpected barely seems to describe him. Consider John’s beginning – his parents Read More …

Believe and Be Thankful

Sermon preached on Advent I, Dec. 1, 2019 Dear People of St. Bart’s, It’s Thanksgiving morning, as I write this sermon the Macy’s Day Parade is going by in the background (though the sound is off). I think my favorite balloon so far is the Grinch, with his dog Max peering over his shoulder (I’ve Read More …

The Way of Love

Sermon Preached on November 17, 2019 – Celebrating Belonging III By The Rev. Dr. Nina R. Pooley St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Yarmouth, ME Isaiah 65:17-25 Psalm 98 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 Luke 21:5-19 The Way of Love It seems I’m suddenly very popular. (So popular my email got hacked this weekend!) All kinds of people are Read More …