Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost, Year C

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Title Sermon Date Liturgical Scripture
Genevieve Davis’ Funeral Homily July 13, 2014 Burial of the Dead, Rite II Isaiah 35:1-10, I John 4:7-8,11-12, John 14:1-3
Pentecost 4, year A July 6, 2014 Proper 9, Year A Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
Pentecost 3, year A June 29, 2014 3rd Sunday after Pentecost, Year A Romans 6:12-23, Matthew 10:40-42
Pentecost 2, year A June 22, 2014 Second Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 7, Year A Psalm 69:8-20, Romans 6:1b-11, Matthew 10:24-39
Trinity Sunday, Year A June 15, 2014 Trinity Sunday, Year A Genesis 1:1-2:4a, 2 Corinthians 13:11-13, Matthew 28:16-20
Pentecost, Year A June 8, 2014 The Day of Pentecost, Year A Acts 2:1-21, I Corinthians 12:3b-13, John 20:1-23
Easter 7, Ascension Sunday, year A June 1, 2014 Seventh Sunday of Easter Acts 1:6-14
Easter 6, year A May 25, 2014 Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A 2014 Acts 17:22-31, John 14: 15-21
Easter 5, year A May 18, 2014 Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A 1 Peter 2:2-10, John 14:1-14
Easter 4, year A May 11, 2014 Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year A John 10:1-10, Acts 2:42-47, I Peter 2: 19-25, Psalm 23
Easter 3, year A May 4, 2014 Easter 3, Year A Luke 24:13-35
Easter 3, year A – Shrine Mont May 4, 2014 Third Sunday of Easter, Year A Luke 24: 13-35
Easter 2, year A April 27, 2014 Second Sunday of Easter, Year A John 20:19-31, Psalm 16
Easter April 20, 2014 Easter Day, Year A Jeremiah 31:1-6, Matthew 28:1-10
Good Friday April 18, 2014 Good Friday, Year A The Passion according to John


Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost, Year C

Sermon Date:September 1, 2013

Scripture: Sirach 10:12-18, Psalm 112, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14

Liturgy Calendar: Proper 17, Year C

The Rev. Amy Turner preached on Luke and used the metaphor of the Table as a sign of hospitality, inclusiveness and God’s grace. At VTS, students were expected to go to class, chapel and have meals together as part of developing a community. Her community which involved Catherine became the "Breakfast Club", a group of students that had breakfast together from about 7:15am to 8pm before class. The crowd was diverse in age, sex and experience. And they welcomed all. At VTS the new one coming could be a bishop from another part of the world, a prospective student for next year and a current student. Or it could be an angel .

 The "Breakfast Club" was named after a 1985 movie. In that movie, there were five students with nothing in common, but faced with spending a Saturday detention together in their high school library. At 7 a.m., they had nothing to say, but by 4 p.m., they had bared their souls to each other and become good friends. The assistant principal assigned each student must write about who he an essay on who he/she thinks they are, and then leaves, returning occasionally to check on them. The class wrote a letter in response to him:

Here is the way it read:

"Dear Mr. Vernon: We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But, we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us: in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But, what we found out is that each one of us is: a brain . . .
Andrew Clark: And an athlete . . .
Allison Reynolds: And a basket case . . .
Claire Standish: A princess . . .
John Bender: And a criminal.
Brian Johnson: Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club "

The Table at VTS appeared almost like an organism over time – growing, shrinking over time. At time they had to add chairs and table. God blessed the food which was hot and plentiful. And they welcomed the stranger as was stressed in the Hebrews reading.

In the Gospel reading, the Pharisees invited Jesus to a meal to figure out what kind of prophet he was. Those at the meals typically reclined in that time. The guest was seated higher that the rest. To them it was about power but for Jesus it was to stress lowliness, humility and he advocated those seated higher to give their seat up to the poor. The word "humble" in Latin means "close to the ground" or grounded.

 Jesus invites us to his table where there are no corners, no foot, and no head. All are seated and all are equal. They are "companions" which is a Latin based word meaning come together and sharing in bread. Bread is a sign of our togetherness from the communion to the coffee hour later today. We kneel at communion together on the same level and nourished by the cup of salvation.

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