Sermons by the Rev. Weston Mathews, rector of Grace Episcopal Church

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sunday, November 5, 2017 “…as we come to the altar for the Eucharist, we will remember the names of those saints whom we still love but see no longer, in a time when the veil between this life and the next is momentarily lifted, when we sense the presence of that great cloud of witnesses surrounding us at God’s table.”

Sunday, October 29, 2017 “Loving our neighbor as ourselves – loving our neighbor AND ourselves – despite our imperfections, gives us a more fulsome understanding of God.  And, that understanding brings us freedom….”

Sunday, October 22, 2017 “In worship, we remove the masks that wed us to false identities and bluster or fear and don the masks of love with hope and faith that, with practice, every aspect of our lives will reflect what is most true about our hearts….”

Sunday, October 15, 2017 “How we take hold of one another each day, the way we bless one another, our collective ability to be broken open to the love of God and our neighbor, and the way we invite others to share in the joy of our Eucharistic feast, is the deep pattern for a sacramental love that can repair the world.”

Sunday, October 8, 2017 “What is required to grow into real human maturity, into our true lives, is not fear but love. Paul learned that the holiness he aimed at he could receive only as a gift….”

Sunday, September 24, 2017  “The laborers and the landowner invite us to contend with the ways we have superimposed our worldly ideas and rules on God’s Kingdom…where we have forgotten that there is always enough and then there is more.”       

Sunday, September 17, 2017  “We have been told that we are created in God’s image. We carry God’s infinite ability for unconditional love and God’s infinite capacity for forgiveness within us. We have that capacity to offer it to others if we choose to tap into it.”

Homecoming Sunday, September 10, 2017  “This is a morning for coming home. For quieting the restlessness and doubt that creep in while we are away from each other and for honoring the ways we help each other recognize and remember that God is among us.”

Sunday, September 3, 2017  “…what I think Paul lays out for us is a good description of our purpose at Grace Church: when we follow in the way of Jesus, we live for the sake of others. This is the mission of the church.”

Sunday, August 27, 2017  “When we appreciate and express our own unique gifts, and support others in the appreciation and expression of theirs, we know that our bodies are connected in love and open to hope as we embrace the unknown.”

Sunday, August 20, 2017  “… in their encounter, each of these two speaks from the beginning in ways whose honesty is discomforting for us, because they do not avoid what is unmistakably real for them….” 

Sunday, August 13, 2017   “This weekend in Charlottesville, violence has erupted as so often will happen when hate is glorified or left unchecked. Let us pray for healing where the poison of prejudice has flowed too freely, and let us also know that when we turn away from human evil, we are tacitly giving it permission to continue….”

Sunday, August 6, 2017: The Transfiguration
“God is revealed around us and in us.  So listen for that voice, and when you hear it, trust your ears. Whether it is listening to God, our spouses, friends, children, coworkers, the poor and needy, strangers or enemies, listening will be some of the most difficult but rewarding work we do….”

Sunday, July 30, 2017 “When we remove the barriers to love….layers of fear and pain, ego and self-defense, assumptions and stories and illusions…we discover that we, in fact, were never separated from God and we can begin anew….”

Sunday, July 23, 2017 “Cultivating patience, seeking to pay attention, and to love like Jesus, that’s the mystery of holding weeds and wheat together in the field of life we share….”

Sunday, July 16, 2017 “The Parable of the Sower has something important to tell us about the nature, presence, and action of God, whose focus is not on our shortfalls, or our imperfections, but on our potential to take root, grow, and thrive….” 

Sunday, July 9, 2017 “In rest, we reorient ourselves to God.  All striving ceases, and we find that there is no need to search outside of ourselves for peace….”

Sunday, July 2, 2017 For many months now, I’ve been wondering a lot about what it might look like to be with you at the beginning, as we embark upon our mission of loving God and loving others together. I suspect for many of you there is a great sense of anticipation, joy, and many other emotions right now. I know that is true for me but perhaps the greatest of these is warmth….”