The Rev. Jay Lawlor Sermons

The Rev. Jay Lawlor “Come and See” 2nd Sunday After the of Epiphany, Year B, January 14, 2018 St. Paul's Episcopal Church - Richmond, IN John 1:43-51 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” (John 1:45-46 NRSV) Come and see is one of my favorite phrases from Scripture because it is a simple invitation which can be profoundly transformative. It is an invitation to come and see who this Jesus is and how he wants to change the world – how he wants to invite us into his movement to change the world. Come and see how Jesus wants to bring God's loving, liberating, life-giving wholeness to a fractured world. Come ...
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The Rev. Jay Lawlor Baptism of our Lord, Year B, January 7, 2018 Church of the Nativity, Episcopal – Indianapolis, IN Mark 1:4-11 This First Sunday after the Epiphany we celebrate the Baptism of our Lord. We are in Year B of the Lectionary cycle, so we have Mark's account of Jesus' baptism. John goes to the Jordan River to prepare the way for Jesus. Mark writes of John: He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 1:7-8, NRSV) Jesus baptizes with the Holy Spirit – the very breath of God – to empower his movement of love, liberation, and life. But first Jesus comes to be baptized by John. So what are we ...
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The Rev. Jay Lawlor “Love Came Down at Christmas” 1 Christmas, Year B, December 31, 2017 St. John's Episcopal Church – Speedway, IN There are many famous popular Christmas songs and well known Christmas hymns. I'm not going to sing any of them for you, but I invite you to listen the the words from the following hymn: “Love came down at Christmas, love all lovely, love divine; love was born at Christmas: star and angels gave the sign. Worship we the Godhead, love incarnate, love divine; worship we our Jesus, but where with for the sacred sign? Love shall be our token; love be yours and love be mine, love to God and neighbor, love for plea and gift and sign.” These words are from the hymn “Love came down at Christmas,” by Christina Rossetti. While this hymn is not as well known as others, such as Silent Night, ...
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The Rev. Jay Lawlor “Look to Jesus” 3 Advent, Year B, December 17, 2017 St. John's Episcopal Church – Speedway, IN John 1:6-8,19-28 We have again this week a story of John the Baptist. This time as recounted in the Gospel According to John. The gospel's authorship not to be confused with the Baptizer. The Gospel According to John was written in the late first or early second century in the Eastern Mediterranean by a group of Jewish Christians who had some connection to the Apostle John. At the time of writing the gospel, it is twenty to thirty years following the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and approximately six to seven decades after the death and resurrection of Christ. They are far enough removed from those events as to realize they are living in a new age – an age where the light of the world is already ...
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