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

Pentecost XVII 22 – Oktoberfest

OKTOBERFEST October 2nd, 2022 Lamentations 1:1-6 II Timothy 1:1-14 Luke 17:5-10   I think we celebrated our first Oktoberfest at St. Esprit in 1998, in response to the fact that we had several German members and German speakers at the time. It might be that some people find it a bit strange that we celebrate…

Sermon – Pentecost XVI

Pentecost XVI September 25, 2022 Jeremiah 32:1-15 I Timothy 5:6-19 Luke 16:19-31 This past week, the United Nations has been holding its annual General Assembly here in New York City. It is a moment in the news cycle when we become painfully aware of the enormous chasm that exists between the peoples of the richest…

Pentecost XIV – Sermon

Pentecôte XIV                                                                                                    le 11 Septembre 2022 Quelques jours après mon arrivée à Boston en 2016 alors que j’étais venu un an pour y enseigner le français et que je ne connaissais personne aux États-Unis, mon portefeuille et mon passeport ont disparu. J’ai eu beau retourner exactement où j’étais passé, aller à la police… Rien.…

Pentecost XIII – Sermon

Pentecost XIII September 4th, 2022 Jeremiah 18:1-11 Philemon 1-21 Luke 14:25-33 I have always felt an affinity for today’s reading from the prophet Jeremiah, because I was born in an English town well known for its pottery industry. This is the only reference to a potter’s wheel in the entire Bible. On my mother’s side…

Sermon – Pentecost XII

Pentecost XII August 28, 2022 Jeremiah 2:4-13, Psalm 81:1, 10-16, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14 This month, it has been 13 years since I arrived in the United States. Like many of us today who have come from abroad or experienced other cultures, one of the first things I did was to be amazed…

Sermon – Pentecost XI

Pentecost XI August 21, 2022 Isaiah 58:9b-14 Psalm 103:1-8 Hebrews 12:18-29 Luke 13:10-17 Have you ever asked yourself how we are to know what God expects of us, as Christians? Once we have been baptized or we decide to follow Jesus, what comes next? As we begin to dive into Christian thinking and teaching, study…

Sermon – Pentecost X

Pentecost X August 14, 2022 Isaiah 5:1-7 Hebrews 11:29-12:2 Luke 12:49-56 About fifteen years ago, I bought a grape-vine for the little roof garden above my apartment. I bought it with high expectations: I imagined sitting in the shade under its branches, making delicious stuffed vine leaves and harvesting a modest bunch of grapes or…

Sermon – Pentecost IX

Pentecost IX August 7th, 2022 Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 Luke 12:32-40 “Don’t be afraid, little flock,” says Jesus, “for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” Though this is one of the most reassuring and encouraging sayings of Jesus, it is also one of the hardest to understand. What is…

Sermon – Afrique Fête

Pentecost 8 / Afrique fête July 31, 2022 Hosea 11:1-11 Colossians 3:1-11 Luke 12:13-21 Our Afrique Fête is one of my favorite Sundays of the year. It’s not just the conviviality of the occasion, and our celebration of, and support for the members of our church with deep connections to Africa that moves me. This…

Sermon – Pentecost VII

Pentecost 7 July 24, 2022 Hosea 1:2-10 Colossians 2:6-19 Luke 11:1-13 Can you remember the first time you prayed? I’m not talking about the first time you learned the Lord’s prayer, or opened a prayer book to read something. I’m not even talking about the first time you faced a crisis and said a brief…