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 …

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 …

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 …

Building the Foundation of Heaven and Earth

Sermon Preached on October 20, 2019 – Creation VI By The Rev. Dr. Nina R. Pooley St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Yarmouth, ME Genesis 11:1-9 Psalm 111 1 Corinthians 12:4-13 Luke 18:1-8 Building the Foundation of Heaven and Earth This morning is our last Sunday in the Season of Creation, and our last story is this Read More …

Floods of Grace

Sermon Preached on October 13, 2019 – Creation V, with a Baptism By The Rev. Dr. Nina R. Pooley St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Yarmouth, ME Genesis 7:1-5, 11-18; 8:6-12 Psalm 104:25-35, 37 Genesis 8:13- 18, 9:8-13 Luke 17:11-19 Floods of Grace Hearing this story of Noah and the flood I couldn’t help but think of Read More …

Francis to Frederick

Sermon Preached on October 6, 2019 Creation IV, St. Francis Day Celebration (and Maine Marathon) By The Rev. Dr. Nina R. Pooley St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Yarmouth, ME Job 12:7-13 Psalm 148:7-14 Galatians 6:14-18 (assigned for feast of St. Francis) Matthew 11:25-30 (assigned for feast of St. Francis) Francis to Frederick Today all over the Read More …

My Brother’s Keeper

Sermon Preached on September 29, 2019 – Creation III By The Rev. Dr. Nina R. Pooley St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Yarmouth, ME Genesis 4:1-8 Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16 Genesis 4: 9-16 Matthew 18:1-7, 10-14 My Brother’s Keeper This morning’s verses from Genesis aren’t included in the lectionary cycle. This story of Cain and Abel is not Read More …

Come Holy Spirit Come!

We’ve spent a great deal of this Easter journey talking a lot about sheep and shepherds; and here at St. Bart’s, we’ve been following the story of one sheep in particular. So before we get too caught up in languages and flames – an update on our sheep. Wobbles is growing quickly, she is nearly Read More …

Moving Beyond the Gates

Sermon Preached on May 26, 2019 – Sixth Sunday of Easter By The Rev. Dr. Nina R. Pooley St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Yarmouth, ME Acts 16:9-15 Psalm 67 Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5 John 5:1-9 Moving Beyond the Gates This morning at first glance seems to be all about location – in both Acts and the Gospel Read More …