The Rev. Jay Lawlor Sermons

The Rev. Jay Lawlor “Spirit of Truth” 6th Sunday of Easter – Year A (RCL) – May 21, 2017 St. Thomas Episcopal Church – Franklin, IN Readings: Acts 17:22-31 | 1 Peter 3:13-22 | John 14:15-21 Jesus said to his disciples: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.” (Jn 14:15a) This week we have a continuation of Jesus's “Farewell Discourse.” Remember from last week Jesus gave the new commandment that his disciples should love one another. Love can be hard . . . even for those who practice at it every day. Love for the disciples was about to get a whole lot harder as they experience Jesus's crucifixion. But Jesus gives the disciples a promise along with the commandment to love one another. He promises that they will not be ...
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The Rev. Jay Lawlor “The Way, The Truth, The Life” 5th Sunday of Easter – Year A (RCL) – May 14, 2017 St. Thomas Episcopal Church – Franklin, IN Readings: Acts 7:55-60 | 1 Peter 2:2-10 | John 14:1-14 Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.” (Jn 14:1). These words are part of what is know as Jesus's “Farewell Discourse” to his disciples. It is part of how he is saying goodbye – filled with assurances that the disciples will not be left on their own or without guidance. In fact, it serves to clarify the values of the Jesus Movement. Now this part of the discourse takes on a familiar form: a series of questions posed to Jesus, followed by his responses that are misunderstood, with then further clarification from Jesus. But the exchanges between the primary participants in this ...
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The Rev. Jay Lawlor “Jesus Walks With You” 3rd Sunday of Easter – Year A (RCL) - April 30, 2017 Grace Episcopal Church – Muncie, IN Readings: Acts 2:14a,36-41 | 1 Peter 1:17-23 | Luke 24:13-35 Two disciples are walking along the road to Emmaus. It is near evening after a long day. They are debriefing . . . engaged in conversation about all that has taken place the last three days – Good Friday to Easter, and do not even notice Jesus coming up along beside them. We are told they are kept from recognizing him, but it seems even more than that. It seems they are so engaged in deep conversation that they failed to recognize someone had come along beside them. So Jesus inserts himself into the conversation: “What are you discussing as you walk along the road?” – As if he didn't know. They stop with ...
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The Rev. Jay Lawlor “Jesus Lives! And Jesus Loves!” Sermon for 2nd Sunday of Easter – Year A (RCL) - April 23, 2017 Grace Episcopal Church – Muncie, IN Readings: Acts 2:14a,22-32 | 1 Peter 1:3-9 | John 20:19-31 In Hymn 195, verse 3, are the words: “Jesus lives! Our hearts know well. Nought from us his love shall sever; nor death, nor powers of hell tear us from his keeping ever. Alleluia!” (v. 3 Hymn 195, The Hymnal 1982). A reminder that nothing can separate us from the love of God in the Risen Christ. Jesus lives! And Jesus loves! And the world is forever changed. When it was evening on that first Easter Sunday, the disciples were gathered together in the Upper Room behind locked doors because they were afraid. They were afraid because their leader, the one who was going to bring down an oppressive empire and ...
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