The Rev. Jay Lawlor Sermons

The Rev. Jay Lawlor “Good News for the Struggle” 2 Advent, Year B, December 10, 2017 St. John's Episcopal Church – Speedway, IN Mark 1:1-8 Mark's Gospel is an announcement of the good news of Jesus – the Messiah – the Son of God. It immediately draws the hearer in. Mark is going to tell about Jesus, the Son of God – a holy man of Israel sent by God to usher in God's reign. Mark wants all to know Jesus is coming not to void the promises God made to Israel, but to fulfill them – to make them real for all God's people. It is about a new way of living filled with God's love, righteousness, and justice. It is a loving, liberating, life-giving movement. A movement rooted in reconciliation with God and neighbor. A movement – led by Jesus – of transforming power. But the proclamation in ...
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The Rev. Jay Lawlor “Keep Awake” - 1 Advent, Year B, December 3, 2017 St. John's Episcopal Church – Speedway, IN Mark 13:31-46 Today we begin the season of Advent. It is a time of waiting and expectation. A time to reflect on the already and not yet of Christian life and witness. We already have Jesus in our lives – he was born, lived, died, and rose again over 2,000 years ago. And yet we wait and prepare to celebrate the magnificent miracle of his birth. We wait and reflect on the significance that Jesus – the Christ, the Messiah, Emmanuel (God with us) – entered into the world in meekness and humility, served those most on the margins of society, died at the hands of oppressors, and rose again to shatter the bonds of death and destruction. And we wait and prepare for a time when God in Christ ...
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The Rev. Jay Lawlor “The Least of These” - Christ the King, November 26, 2017 St. John's Episcopal Church – Speedway, IN Matthew 25:31-46 How most of consume our news has changed dramatically over the years. But my parents still have the Boston Globe newspaper delivered to their house every day. In fact, they are one of the only houses in their neighborhood still receiving daily delivery of the Globe. While it is a leading newspaper with a long history, my dad will tell you that the primary reason my parents still receive the Globe in printed form is for the comics. My dad loves the funny pages. He always has. One of my enduring memories of growing up was my dad sitting at the kitchen table, eating breakfast, and reading the comics page in the newspaper before leaving for work. In fact, no matter where you were in the ...
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The Rev. Jay Lawlor “How Do We Hear the Parable of the Talents?” 24th Sunday After Pentecost Year A Proper 28 - November 19, 2017 St. John's Episcopal Church – Speedway, IN Matthew 25:14-30 The talents in the parable from Matthew are often used in our modern English language context and preached as a sermon on stewardship – it is that time of year in many congregations. It is also, if I'm being honest, the easier place to go for the preacher. There is less risk in talking about talents as our gifts from God and how we are to faithfully give back a portion in service to God. While we are to give back a portion of our gifts to God – there are plenty of other examples of this in scripture. Today, I would like to invite us to consider this parable as it was most likely heard ...
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