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- The Reverend Joseph Shepley

 

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Sermon Archives 2012


 


Fr. Crocker talks about leadership styles referencing the prophet Jeremiah and Jesus shepherding his flock.

Fr. Shepley continues his series on the life of King David, focusing on his worship of God through the Ark of the Covenant.  Borrowing inspiration from our Epistle reading from Ephesians as well, this sermon addresses how to glorify God with singleness of purpose.

Guest preacher Richard Mozer speaks of his life changing trip to Israel a year ago and his new ministry working for Ebenezer Operation Exodus, a Christian ministry that helps Jewish people return to Israel.  Click here for more info on Operation Exodus.

This third sermon on the life of David explores the concept of outward discomfort and the role of the Holy Spirit as the Comforter. Looking at the years of persecution that David endured under King Saul, the character of David that forged is cited of how God can use adversity for His glory.

In this second sermon in the series on the life of David, Fr. Shepley looks at the battle between David and Goliath.  Applying the concepts of armoring oneself for God, engaging spiritual warfare and surrendering to God's strength is the message explored in this sermon.

This sermon marks the beginning of a multi-part series on the life of King David.  Exploring the background of David's initial call, and looking at the figures of Samuel and Saul, Fr. Shepley looks at how God does not "call the qualified, but qualifies those called."  With special emphasis on our callings in this present day and age, the message prepares the hearer to begin a journey of studying David's life in its many forms.


The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey Rowthorn speaks to the confirmation class of boldly taking the Good News of Christ globally.

Click here to listen or below to watch Bishop Jeffrey Rowthorn's sermon at the 10:30 am service on June 10, 2012.  Follow this link for a printable copy of the sermon.
Second Sunday after Pentecost: Confirmation

The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey Rowthorn speaks to the confirmation class of boldly taking the Good News of Christ globally.

 


Click below to watch Fr. George Crocker's sermon at the 8:00 am service on June 10, 2012 .


Click here listen to Fr. Shepley's sermon on June 3, 2012.

On this First Communion Sunday, Fr. Shepley addresses the parents and congregants gathered for this celebration while preaching on Jesus' High Priestly prayer.  Emphasizing concepts of divine grace and the perseverance of the saints, this sermon explores the nature of God's sovereignty and love.  The call to live lives of joy is the application for the hearer.

Abiding as a spiritual discipline is the central theme of this sermon, with the application of Christ-centered love flowing from such an experience as the second piece of this look at Jesus' farewell discourse to his disciples.

Click here listen to Fr. Shepley's sermon on May 6, 2012.

In this sermon, Fr. Shepley selects the account of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch to explore the historical aspects of the event coupled with a focus on the Holy Spirit's work among the early Christians.  Mission in the Holy Spirit as the church's call today surrounds the application points.


Click here to listen to Fr. Shepley's sermon on April 29, 2012.

Click here for the readings upon which this sermon is based.

Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year B, John 10:11-18.

On this Good Shepherd Sunday, Fr. Shepley traces the biblical history of shepherds pointing to and culminating in Jesus as the Good Shepherd.  In this message, Fr. Shepley provides three specific action items for living while reinforcing the need to be a flock under God's pastoring.

 

Click here to listen to Fr. Shepley's sermon on April 22, 2012.

Click here for the readings upon which this sermon is based.

Third Sunday of Easter, Year B, John 24:36b-48.

In this sermon, Fr. Shepley explores the Gospel of Luke, focusing particular attention on the bodily resurrection of Jesus and his impact upon the disciples.  Emphasizing the healing Christ brings in this day, this message encourages the listener to enter the mystery of incarnational living in Christian community.

 

Click here to listen to Fr. Crocker's sermon on April 15, 2012.

Second Sunday of Easter, Year B, John 20:19-31.

Saint Thomas misses the first appearance of Jesus to His disciples after His resurrection. He cannot believe the report of the resurrection. It just seems to wonderful. He is present eight days later at another gathering and he sees Jesus for himself. The result is that Thomas' faith becomes very personal as he says "My Lord and My God." Thomas has a "new birth."

Click here for the readings upon which this sermon is based.

Easter Sunday, Year B, John 20:1-18.

 

Click here to listen to Fr. Shepley's sermon on Maundy Thursday, April 5, 2012.

 

Click here listen to Fr. Shepley's sermon on April 1, 2012.

Click here for the readings upon which this sermon is based.

Palm Sunday, Year B (Mark 15:1-39)

 

 

 

On the Passion Sunday, Fr, Shepley's message celebrates the triumphal entry of Jesus while emphasizing three characteristics of Christ's mission: compassion, courage and conviction.  Drawing out the redemptive nature of suffering for us, this sermon offers hope to all people with an emphasis on the gift God has given us in the Savior.

 

 

Click here listen to Fr. Shepley's sermon on March 25, 2012.

Click here for the readings upon which this sermon is based.

Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year B (John 12:20-33)

 

 

In this sermon, Fr. Shepley shows how the life of St. Francis of Assisi was one example of how discipleship can look against the backdrop of Christ's focus on the cross.  With a theme of "losing one's life in order to save it," this message looks at what it means to become transformed by Christ's call.  Implications for Christian stewardship, vocation and community are explored as Palm Sunday approaches.

 

Click here listen to Fr. Shepley's sermon on March 18, 2012.

Click here for the readings upon which this sermon is based.

Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year B (John 3:14-21)

In this sermon, Fr. Shepley expands on the three references of Jesus in John's Gospel on being "lifted up."  Tied to the reading from Numbers about Moses and the bronze serpent, this message proclaims the Gospel's promise of Christ's free gift of grace.

 

Click here listen to Fr. Shepley's sermon on March 11, 2012.

Click here for the readings upon which this sermon is based.

Third Sunday of Lent, Year B (John 2:13-22)

On this one-year anniversary of the tsunami in Japan, along with the story of Jesus cleansing the Temple, Fr. Shepley speaks to the place of worship in our lives, the role idols play and how we expand lives of Christian devotion throughout the challenges of life.  Emphasizing the Body of Christ as the church without walls, the understanding of ourselves as God's holy temples is underscored with Scriptural support, as well as applications to our lives.

 

Click here listen to Fr. Loring's sermon on March 4, 2012.

Click here for the readings upon which this sermon is based.

Second Sunday of Lent, Year B (Mark 8:31-38)

 

Click here listen to Fr. Shepley's sermon on February 26, 2012.

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First Sunday of Lent, Year B (Mark 1:9-15)

On this First Sunday of Lent, Fr. Shepley addresses the temptation of Christ, as well as three specific forms of temptation that affects Christians so often today.  With an application of how to face and overcome temptation, this sermon addresses the balance between being filled with the Spirit and living with personal struggles.

 

Click here listen to Fr. Shepley's sermon on February 19, 2012.

Click here for the readings upon which this sermon is based.

Last Epiphany, Year B (Mark 9:2-9)

Emphasizing the Transfiguration on this last Sunday of the Epiphany, Fr. Shepley illustrates the Christian life by looking at mountaintops and valleys as part of the pilgrimage of Christ.  Drawing on Scriptures that speak to this reality, Fr. Shepley addresses the struggles of this life and the glory of the life to come.  A pastoral emphasis is given in the message to those who grieve over the loss of loved ones.

 

Click here listen to Fr. Shepley's sermon on February 12, 2012.

Click here for the readings upon which this sermon is based.

6 Epiphany, Year B (Mark 1:40-45)

As Fr. Shepley explores the cleansing of Naaman by the prophet Elisha, the difference between success and faithfulness is looked at.  Drawing on the life of Vincent Van Gogh, the point is further deepened to show how God's sovereignty can be at work in human brokenness, revealing what is called "grace."

 

Click here listen to Fr. Shepley's sermon on February 5, 2012.

Click here for the readings upon which this sermon is based.

Click here for a link to Our Beliefs that Fr. Joe referenced in the sermon.

5 Epiphany, Year B (Mark 1:29-39)

Fr. Shepley's sermon continues with the story of Jesus in Capernaum, where three themes are studied: Jesus in the home of Peter, Jesus going off alone to pray and Jesus going forth with the message he was called to proclaim.  Applications for the hearer are offered based on these three events, along with an in-depth focus on the Eucharist (the Lord's Supper or Last Supper).

 

Click here listen to Fr. Shepley's sermon on January 29, 2012.

Click here for the readings upon which this sermon is based.

Click here for the YouTube video referenced in the sermon.

4 Epiphany, Year B (Mark 1:21-28)

Responding to the widespread YouTube video from January 10th, 2012, that has already garnered 17 million hits, Fr. Shepley explores the relationship between faith and religion with Mark's account of Jesus in the Capernaum synagogue as his text.  Emphasizing the role of evil in the world and the spiritual battle related to such a phenomenon, Fr. Shepley analyzes some biblical texts on evil while suggesting an application for today in terms of how to authoritatively resist such forces.

 

Click here listen to Fr. Shepley's sermon on January 22, 2012.

Click here for the readings upon which this sermon is based.

3 Epiphany, Year B (Mark 1:14-20)

This sermon is about the prophet, Jonah, with not only an historical review of his life and context, but the connection to Jesus is additionally reviewed.  On the occasion of our Annual Meeting, an application of Jesus' redemptive ministry through us is related to Jonah's ministry.

 

Click here listen to Fr. Shepley's sermon on January 15, 2012.

Click here for the readings upon which this sermon is based.

2 Epiphany, Year B (John 1:43-51)

This sermon looks at the call of Nathanael and the connection to the patriarch Jacob.  Fr. Shepley looks at the similarities and differences between these two individuals while exploring the calling to "come and see" as the key to discipleship.

 

Click here listen to Fr. Shepley's sermon on January 8, 2012.

Click here for the readings upon which this sermon is based.

1 Epiphany, Year B (Mark 1:4-11)

Fr. Shepley introduces us to the season of Epiphany by exploring the symbolic meaning of the baptism of Jesus, its relevance to our lives today and how it relates to the Temple in Jerusalem.

 

Click here listen to Fr. Loring's sermon on January 1, 2012.

Click here for the readings upon which this sermon is based.

1 Christmas / Holy Name, Year B (Luke 2:15-21)