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

Sermon – Pentecost XVII

Pentecost XVII / Rentrée Sunday September 19, 2021 Proverbs 31:10-31 James 3:13 – 4:3,7-8a Mark 9:30-37 Well, on our annual parish calendar, which we put together last November, today is supposed to be Rentrée Sunday, so welcome back to Saint Esprit! It’s obviously not the sort of Sunday we were imagining, but nevertheless there is…

Sermon – Pentecost XVI

Pentecost XVI September 12, 2021 Proverbs 1:20-33   James 3:1-12   Mark 8:27-38 Soon after the events of September 11th, 2001, a native New Yorker was traveling on a bus on the West Side when she overheard two tourists conversing in front of her. They spoke about how much they loved New York, and how sad it…

Sermon – Pentecost XV

FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST September 5, 2021 Isaiah 35:4-7 James 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17 Mark 7:24-37 One of the unfortunate by-products of this pandemic has been an increase in bad behavior in public. Not a day goes by without some story of people breaking into a rage about something. Perhaps it is the stress of how…

Sermon – Pentecost XIV

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost August 29, 2021 Song of Solomon 2:8-13 James 1:17-27 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Anyone who has lived through a bout of food poisoning will tell you that they still feel slightly nauseous when they remember the food that made them so ill. I once caught amoebic dysentery from some olives I…

Sermon – Pentecost XIII

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost August 22, 2021 I Kings 8:22-30, 41-43 Ephesians 6:10-20 John 6:56-69 What sort of biographies do you enjoy reading? Biographies rich with historical detail, or biographies that reveal the inner lives of their subjects? The biograhies of Jesus in the New Testament give us both types. Generally speaking, while the three…

Pentecost XII – Sermon

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost August 15, 2021  I Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58 During the pandemic, a surprising number of people have focused on two things that they might have neglected in the past. Firstly, the lockdowns, restrictions and closures of restaurants and cafés have led to people cooking for themselves, sometimes for…

Sermon – Pentecost XI

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost August 8, 2021 II Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33 Ephesians 4:25-5:2 John 6:35, 41-51 When I was a child, my grandmother had a pressure cooker and I hated it. I wasn’t alone: her dog hated it too. It is a sort of saucepan with a very tight-fitting lid. It is so tight,…

Pentecost X – Sermon

Pentecost X August 1, 2021 II Samuel 11:26 -12:13  Ephesians 4:1-16  John 6:24-35 “Theocracy is the worst of all governments. If we must have a tyrant, a robber-baron is far better than an inquisitor. The baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity at some point be sated; and since he dimply knows he is doing…

Sermon – Afrique Fête

Pentecost IX / Afrique-fête July 25, 2021 II Samuel 11:1-15 Ephesians 3:14-21 John 6:1-21 Though the time when Europeans and North Americans could be forgiven for knowing very little about Africa is now long past, there are still many who continue to believe that Africa is the name of one country, and not the name…

Pentecost VIII – Sermon

Pentecost VIII July 18, 2021 II Samuel 7:1-14 Ephesians 2:11-22 Mark 6:30-34, 53 – 56 When the first lock-down was imposed in New York City in March of last year, I decided that one of the ways in which we could respond to the situation would be to hold daily live-streamed morning and evening prayer…