Sermons

Sermons

Choose Hope!

A sermon for Easter by The Revd Dr Maria Gwyn McDowell of St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church in Portland Oregon. April 4th, 2021

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Lent

A sermon for Lent 5 by The Revd Dr Maria Gwyn McDowell of St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church in Portland Oregon. March 21st, 2021

Leaving Egypt

A sermon for Lent 4 by The Revd Dr Maria Gwyn McDowell of St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church in Portland Oregon. March 14th, 2021 Transcript Every church has a “back to Egypt” committee. I heard that this week, “every church has a back to Egypt committee.” Right now, that committee is excitedly planning our first full Eucharist together, or working out a coffee hour that is safe, but, together! Where we can touch each other at the passing of…

Sermon for the Second Sunday of Lent

Sermon given on February 28th, 2021 at St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church, Portland Oregon. The Rev’d Dr. Maria Gwyn McDowell preaching. Scripture: Mark 8:31-38.

Sermon for the First Sunday of Lent

Sermon given on February 21st, 2021 at St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church, Portland Oregon. The Rev’d Dr. Maria Gwyn McDowell preaching. Transcript The story of Noah, somehow, has become this really cute children’s story, right? Animals go onto this ark, two by two, they travel together, there’s a dove, it goes out, it comes back, it goes out, it comes back, and then there’s a rainbow at the end, right? All the elements of a perfect children’s story. Except…

Sermon for the 5th Sunday after Epiphany

Sermon given on February 7th, 2021 at St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church, Portland Oregon. The Rev’d Maria Gwyn McDowell preaching.Due to a Zoom recording error this sermon is audio-only. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Taught by a Star

Sermon for the Second Sunday of Christmas, January 02, 2021 at St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church, Portland, Oregon; by the Rev’d Dr. Maria McDowell.

Know Justice, Know Peace

We live in a world where saying that black and brown lives matter means that white lives do not matter, because we have created that world. We have created a world infested with the lie that white lives thrive at the expense of black and brown lives. We have created a world where to know justice is to know violence. Yet, the judgement of God is to recognize retribution and injustice for what it is, destructive, and to invite us to live in a world where to know justice is to know peace.

Be Troubled (by the Spirit)!

Note: What I wrote below and what I said aren’t quite the same. Read if you want, but listen too. The Spirit troubled the waters, and new life erupted forth. New life is eruption. It isn’t peaceful, it isn’t calm. It breaks through. Seeds crack as a shoot bursts forth. Dirt is shoved aside. Human life is born amidst pain and blood and water. We are troubled, and we live in troubled times, and maybe that trouble is the Spirit,…
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