This category includes all of our sermons. Every Sermon is posted in English, followed by its French translation.

Sermon – Pentecost V 2020

CINQUIEME DIMANCHE APRES LA PENTECOTE                                                         5 juillet 2020  Il est probable que ce soit le fait de grandir à Chypre qui m’a donné le goût de tout ce qui est “oriental”. Notre passage de la Genèse sur le mariage arrangé d’Isaac et Rébecca est rempli de ces images que les gens qualifient d’orientales. On…

Sermon – Pentecost IV

Tutti Frutti Christi  – Le quatrième dimanche après la Pentecôte                                       le 28 juin 2020 Une des choses les plus difficiles quand on écrit un sermon et qu’on est un baby preacher comme moi, c’est de ne pas se laisser tenter par les fruits les plus accessibles. C’est plus facile à dire qu’à faire. Je…

Sermon – Pentecost III

Pentecost III June 21, 2020 Genesis 21:8-21   Romans 6:1-11    Matthew 10:24-39 The story of Sarah and Abraham’s banishment of Hagar and Ishmael is one of the most troubling and enigmatic texts in the book of Genesis – a book well known for its difficult texts! It is difficult because it shows us that the Hebrews,…

Sermon – Pentecost II – Joris Bürmann

Pentecost II – Hospitality of the Third Kind It’s very strange to come back to our sanctuary and not see you in person. The gradual return of the congregation will undoubtedly make you feel this strangeness. I must admit that like Sarah and Abraham when the visitor they do not know arrives in front of…

Sermon – Trinité

Trinity Sunday June 7, 2020 Genesis 1:1-2(a) II, Corinthians 13:11-13 , Matthew 28:16-20 Why does the Bible begin with a story of creation? It needn’t have done. It could have begun with the call of Abraham; a creation story that tells us of the founder of our faith. It could have begun with the story…

Sermon – La Pentecote

The Day of Pentecost May 31, 2020 Acts 2: 1-21 I Corinthians 12: 3b-13 John 7: 37-39 I love to visit botanical gardens. I am not particularly drawn to the flowers and the trees, so much as the glass houses constructed to recreate the diverse ecosystems of our world. At Kew Gardens in London, or…

Sermon – Easter VII – Ascension

Easter VII – Ascension May 24, 2020 Acts 1:6-14 I Peter 4:12-14 John 17:1-11 Luke tells us that the ascension took place from the Mount of Olives. This mount is almost eight hundred and twenty meters (three thousand feet) high. From the summit, you can see a panoramic view of the city of Jerusalem. The…

Sermon – Easter VI

Sixth Sunday of Easter May 17, 2020 Acts 12:22 – 31   I Peter 3:13 – 2 John 14:15 – 21 The account of Paul’s visit to the Areopagus in Athens is one of the stories in which I find myself feeling a bit sorry for this often-maligned Apostle. He is on his Second Missionary Journey,…

Sermon – Easter IV

Easter IV   May 3, 2020 Acts 2:42-47 I Peter 2:19-25 John 10:1-10 The first funeral I took at St. Esprit took place two months after my arrival. It was for a former member of the Vestry of the church, and the scion of a prestigious New York family. He had had rather a colorful life;…

Easter III – Sermon

EASTER III Sunday, April 26, 2020 Acts 2:14a, 36-41         1 Peter 1:17-23             Luke 24:13-35 I suppose we all possess an item or two that we would describe as ‘keepsakes’; a piece of jewelry, an ornament or even a letter or a card. We save these little objects or letters to remind us of someone…