The Rev. Jay Lawlor Sermons

“Sabbath Justice” A Sermon by the Rev. Jay Lawlor 2nd Sunday After Pentecost – Year B – June 3, 2018 St. Paul's Episcopal Church – Richmond, IN 1 Sam. 3:1-20) | Ps. 139:1-5, 12-17 | 2 Cor. 4:5-12 | Mark 2:23-3:6 Jesus proclaims in Mark's Gospel: “The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath […].” His response to the Pharisees when they questioned why the disciples were plucking heads of grain to eat on the sabbath. Now Jesus is not trivializing the sabbath commandment – far from it. Jesus sees the bigger picture. Jesus looks to Scripture and recounts the story of David (which appears in 1 Samuel 21:1-6) eating the bread of the Presence of God intended only for the priests. David is fleeing Saul – who has openly declared his intention to kill David. He is weary and hungry from his travels. The high ...
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“The Trinity is Relationship and Love” A Sermon by The Rev. Jay Lawlor Trinity Sunday – Year B – May 26, 2018 Church of the Nativity – Indianapolis, IN Readings: Isaiah 6:1-8 | Psalm 29 | Romans 8:12-17 | John 3:1-17 From the Book of Isaiah the prophet tells of his response to God's call: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!” This passage has special meaning to many clergy as part of the call to serve in ordained ministry. It has particular meaning for me this Trinity Sunday as I look to celebrate the 15th anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood on May 31st. I'm not quite sure where these fifteen years have gone – along with my hair . . . What I do know is that my decade and a half of priestly ministry has ...
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The Rev. Jay Lawlor "Loving Each Other" 6th Sunday of Easter – Year B (RCL) – May 6, 2018 Grace Episcopal Church – Muncie, IN John 15:9-17 Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.” (John 15:9b). “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12). “I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.” (John 15:17). These words are part of Jesus' Farewell Discourse. All of Jesus' words are important, but these words are some of the final ones he will speak to his disciples. And Jesus focuses on abiding in Jesus' love by loving one another. For abiding in Jesus' love is entering into the love of God. And this love is given to be shared with one another. Love can be hard. Love for ...
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The Rev. Jay Lawlor "Witnesses of God's Love" 3rd Sunday of Easter – Year B (RCL) - April 15, 2018 St. David's Episcopal Church – Bean Blossom, IN Luke 24:36b-48 Last Sunday we had the Risen Jesus' appearance to the disciples as told in the Gospel According to John. It included, as it has become known, the story of “Doubting Thomas.” I mentioned last week that I believe Thomas has received unfair treatment, a bit of a bad rap, by history. This week's account of the Risen Jesus appearing to the disciples from the Gospel According to Luke supports what we had read in John: the disciples were afraid because of their doubt. Remember from John that Jesus “showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.” (John 20:20) It was only after Jesus showed them his hands and his side that the ...
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