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  • Responding To Disappointments: A Star And A Stable (Epiphany)

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Jan 20, 2020

    Difficulties are part of life, how we respond is what makes the difference. Joseph and Mary faced the difficulty of being refugees in the land of Egypt in order to save the child Jesus from Herod. The "ah ha" moment is when we realize God is with us no matter where we find ourselves.

    Stars and a Stable: Responding to Disappointments One of my closest friends loves UGA! He’s a graduate and a dedicated football loyalist. Now let’s not question his Christianity just yet. He has a saying, "When I die, make sure you chant the Eucharist at my funeral mass. And make sure the more

  • Do You Want The Church To Grow?

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Jan 20, 2020

    This is a sermon on evangelism that is tied to Jesus's call to the apostle Andrew. Andrew 1) grows in discipleship and 2) grows the church. The sermon tells people that they can be excited and happy about their faith, and share it with other people.

    Do you want the church to grow? Andrew wasn’t the popular kid in class. His name is only mentioned in twelve verses in the Bible, and eight of those describe him as "Peter's little brother." Even though he was one of the first two or three followers of Jesus, Peter was still the more

  • Jesus, John, And Joy: Listening To The Right Prophet

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Dec 22, 2019

    Sermon for Advent 3, year C. John the Baptist sent his disciples to Jesus wanting to know why Jesus allowed him to remain in jail. Jesus quoted the prophet Isaiah back to him, and said, "rejoice."

    Preparing for 2020 John, Jesus, and Joy: Listening to the right prophet. I do not wear pink very often (unless I lose a bet, like today…). But, there is one service in the church year where the priest can wear pink vestments. Rose Sunday, or the Sunday of Joy… Today. I didn’t want to wear more

  • Listening With Love

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Dec 22, 2019

    Sermon for Advent 4, Year A. Sermon contrasts how Joseph could have treated Mary and how he actually acted toward her. Mary has a story (and thus Jesus) because Joseph listened with love and showed mercy.

    Preparing for 2020: Listening with Love I feel for Joseph. Not only because he’s often overlooked, but in some ways I understand what it’s like to be Joseph. In 1994 I found a new level of solidarity with Joseph. The children’s director concluded that the pastor’s grandson didn’t need a “speaking” more

  • Living In Hope Series

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Dec 2, 2019

    This sermon focuses on the hope of Advent. Our community suffered the devastation of Hurricane Michael and we spent 2019 reacting to the chaos. This series is an encouragement to turn the corner and find newness in God's hope and mercy.

    Preparing for 2020: Living in Hope 1967. The Doors. The lyrics? “Come on baby, light my fire, Try to… set the night… on fire.” I will begin something today that I’ve never done before, in addition to quoting the Doors in a sermon. For Advent, I’m going to preach a sermon series. This more

  • Carrots, Eggs, Or Coffee: Responding To Adversity

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Nov 17, 2019
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    This sermon focuses on what Jesus told the disciples they should do when the destruction of the temple would occur. It's a practical and applicable look at ways to endure difficulties.

  • Lessons From The Saints

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Nov 7, 2019

    This is a sermon from all saints day that suggests three lessons we can learn about the saints: 1) We are the saints, so live like it. 2) Learn wisdom from studying the lives of the saints. 3) Embrace and treat one another like saints.

    Lessons From The Saints November 3rd, 2019. Thank you for the way you’ve embraced me and made me feel at home. People have sent messages, cards, posted kind things on my Facebook wall, and sent very kind emails. The willingness to welcome, accept, and embrace one another is more than the slogan, more

  • Faith And Forgiveness.

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Oct 7, 2019

    This sermon is how faith "the size of a mustard seed" actually gives us the ability to offer forgiveness to others.

    "Faith and Forgiveness" Allow me to begin today with some self-disclosure: I do not understand exactly what faith is, or how it works. But I have a couple of ideas from the lesson that might be helpful. More on that in a moment, but first I’ve got to share some humor. Have you ever more

  • Clean Your Glasses: See The Needs Of Others

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Sep 30, 2019
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    This is a sermon about Lazarus and the rich man who passed him at his gate. The theme is to clear our spiritual eyes to see the needs around us and act to help the ones in need.

    Clean your glasses: Seeing those in need I heard something kind of funny last week about our eyesight changing. When I visited a family member, there was a cartoon clipping on the refrigerator that read, “I don’t stress about my eyesight failing as I get older. It’s God’s way of protecting me from more

  • A Welcoming Grace

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Sep 16, 2019

    Taken from the parable of the Good Shepherd who leaves the 99 to retrieve the one lost sheep, this sermon focuses on how grace is welcoming... hence, A welcoming grace. The sheep was retrieved​, then welcomed home.

    A Welcoming Grace Five words appear all across America. We print them on books, newsletters, church bulletins, and thousands of search signs. They are the de facto mission statement for an entire denomination. “The Episcopal Church welcomes you.” We insist that welcoming arms await all who more

  • God's Not Finished With You Yet!

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Sep 9, 2019

    God's not finished working on us at the potter's wheel. Hope is never lost!

  • Everyone's Invited To The Reception

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Sep 2, 2019
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    The sermon​ looks at Luke's Parable of the weddings guests who compete for the best seat​ at the table. Jesus makes it clear that everyone should be invited (poor, lame etc.), not just the rich and powerful. Such is the kingdom.

    Everyone’s Invited To The Reception Intro If you've lived through a wedding you know, they are of all things most stressful. What few people realize is how stressful weddings are for the clergy. Although we will never say it with parishioners around, when clergy get together, we inevitably more

  • The Blessings Of Hardships

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Aug 26, 2019

    Jesus said he came to, "send fire on the earth." This sermon takes a unique approach on this idea and uses the fire metaphor as a purging of the things inside us that hinder us from becoming who we can be through God.

    The Blessing of Hardships Since this Gospel reading is intense, I thought I’d begin by admitting something kind of funny about it. When I read it this week, I pictured Jesus at a Charlie Daniels concert singing, “Fire on the mountain run boys run.” It also made me wonder, “… how am I supposed more

  • Compassion Changes Conditions

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Aug 26, 2019

    A sermon on how compassion changed the woman with the crooked spine, and how the synagogue ruler's religiosity resisted kindness. Compassion should always win.

    Compassion Changes Conditions I cried when I read the hunchback of Notre Dame. Victor Hugo’s novel is one that stays with you your whole life because we see pieces of each character in ourselves. In the beginning, we meet Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre Dame. It is the Festival of Fools in more

  • What Will You Do If You Win The Lottery?

    Contributed by Rian Adams on Aug 5, 2019

    This sermon plays on Jesus's story of "bigger barns" as winning the lottery

    What Will You Do if You Win the Lottery? The lesson this morning is about greed, which is not the easiest subject to preach. Especially when we’re going to ask for your money when the offering plate comes around in a few mins. I noticed something about greed, it is almost like a fog. Fog is more