Sermons

The Rev. Candace Sandfort's sermon: Dec. 21, 2014.

"Whatever you're discerning in your life right now, until it clicks, until it feels right, we can't move forward with our decisions. Stay in the tension of that ambiguity. It's the hardest thing there is to do in life. The longer you can stay in the tension of the ambiguity, until it starts to come together and feel right, the better your decision is going to be in the end. de Chardin said it so beautifully when he said, "Trust in the slow work of God." Your ideas mature gradually. Let them grow. Let them shape themselves without undue haste. Only God can say what this new spirit is, gradually forming within you. Give our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself incomplete." To listen to the complete sermon, please click here.

 

The Rev. Candace Sandfort's sermon: The Maidens' Lamps. Nov. 9, 2014

"Why come to church? . . . .The things we practice here help us keep our focus. Here is where we practice loving God and loving our neighbor so that we can leave this place and practice loving God in the world. Out in the world we get distracted by our professions, but here we practice radical generosity." To listen to the complete sermon, please click here.

 

The Rev. Candace Sandfort's sermon on Stewardship on Oct. 26, 2014

"We give because we are so blessed. We give because we have received so much. We give because we need to give--we need to give our time, our talent, our love, and yes, even our money. We give because our lives will be empty and unfufiliing if it's just about us." To listen to the complete sermon, please click here.

 

Paul Sugarman's sermon on Stewardship at St. John's on Oct. 12, 2014

"There are many ways to contribute to St. John's with your time, your talent and your treasure, and I think you will find, as I did, that the more you give the more you receive and the greater your opportunity to grow." To listen to the complete sermon, please click here.

 

Catherine Gilmore's sermon on Stewardship at St. John's on Oct. 19, 2014

"In a world of worry over the big stuff like the economy and ebola to college admissions and finally to what to cook for dinner, what goes on here every Sunday can ease the burden, quiet our minds, warm our hearts and souls and remind us that God is near, God wants us to hear, and to share and to care. Together." To listen to the complete sermon, please click here.

 

The Rev. Candace C. Sandfort's first sermon as Rector at St. John's Episcopal Church, Sept. 7, 2014.

"Now, together, we will all journey into our new life. It won't be easy at the start. It never is. But together we will build a new life here at St. John's. Together, we will decide what's important and what's not so important any more, what we value and what cannot be left behind, what needs to be preserved and treasured." To listen to the complete sermon, please click here.