2019 Sermons – Year C

Year C began on 2 December 2018 with the first Sunday of Advent.


14 April 2019 – C Palm Sunday: 


7 April 2019 – C Lent 5:


31 March 2019 – C Lent 4:


24 March 2019 – C Lent 3:


17 March 2019 – C Lent 2: We are the stars in the sky that Abraham was looking for.

17 March 2019 – C Lent 2

10 March 2019 – C Lent 1: The “three C’s” of the temptations of Jesus. 

10 March 2019 – Lent 1

6 March 2019 – Ash Wednesday: There is an inherent contradiction between what Jesus tells us and what we do on this day that is worth reflecting on. The service itself helps us to act out the drama of sin and forgiveness.

6 March 2019 – Ash Wednesday

3 March 2019 – C Last Sunday after the Epiphany: This sermon begins with a guided tour of Emmanuel’s great Transfiguration window, which sits over the altar as a reredos.  It then considers that element in the story which is unique to Luke, the casting out of a demon from a young boy.

3 March 2019 – C Last Epiphany

24 February 2019 – C Epiphany 7: Are we really supposed to say what Jesus said and do what Jesus did? Then what happens when we try to live according to the letter of the Sermon on the Plain? A quick look at communities that have tried to do so suggests that we need to find a balance between our life here on earth and the emerging kingdom of God.

24 February 2019 – C Epiphany 7

17 February 2019 – C Epiphany 6: An English ditty about pubs sets up one way to understand the Sermon on the Plain.

17 February 2019 – C Epiphany 6

10 February 2019 – C Epiphany 5: This begins with an extended bit on the language that Isaiah has to use and what it can and cannot say — an often underestimated element with respect to understanding scripture. The second bit encourages the listener to develop some particular tools in order to make sense of the changes and chances that are an everyday part of life.

10 February 2019 – C Epiphany 5

3 February 2019 – C Epiphany 4: Jesus returns to Nazareth from his home in Capernaum to preach in the synagogue in which he grew up. Two different takes presented themselves, and so the Rector preached two different sermons this Sunday. The first reminds us that anxiety is the enemy, and probably had something to do with the reaction Jesus received in Nazareth. The second is about how God gives us gifts, and works in the world, but not necessarily according to our wishes.

3 February 2019 – C Epiphany 4 – V1

3 February 2019 – C Epiphany 4 – V2

27 January 2019 – C Epiphany 3: Deacon Joan Kelly suggests that Jesus read from that portion of the scroll of Isaiah that would describe his mission in the world. His concluding comment ends up being the shortest sermon ever.

27 January 2019 – C Epiphany 3

20 January 2019 – C Epiphany 2: The Wedding at Cana introduces us to a major theme in John’s Gospel: God has blessed us with abundance.

20 January 2019 – C Epiphany 2

13 January 2019 – C Epiphany 1: Sorry! We got snowed out this weekend.

6 January 2019 – C Epiphany: The Rector’s Christmas Morning Story comes to its climax on the Eve of the Epiphany, and so it seemed fitting to read it again, for a larger audience than heard it Christmas Morning.

6 January 2019 – C Epiphany

30 December 2018 – Christmas 1: A little story of my early ministry at St. Paul’s School helps us to understand the transition in the Prologue of John from theological insight to ethical behavior.

30 December 2018 – C Christmas 1

25 December 2018 – Christmas Day: In a now long-standing tradition, the Rector reads an original Christmas Morning Story. It is copyrighted, but you are free to play or read it with the provision that you give full credit to the author, The Rev’d Canon Dr. Mark Gatza.


Christmas Morning Story 2018

23 December 2018 – Advent 4: Deacon Joan Kelly explains why this shouldn’t be just another Christmas.

23 December 2018 – C Advent 4

16 December 2018 – Advent 3: Canon Gatza’s experience of the heresy trial of Bishop Walter Righter illustrates the notion of the “bad snapshot,” which in turn explains why so many people rejected the preaching of John the Baptist.

16 December 2018 — C Advent 3

9 December 2018 – Advent 2: If you had the chance to have dinner with anyone from history, who would you choose? The Rector would choose John the Baptist, and explains why him.

9 December 2018 – C Advent 2

2 December 2018 – Advent 1: Fr. Bill Smith contrasts the expectations that come with the season before Christmas with the expectations of the disciples on their way to Jerusalem.

2 December 2018 – C Advent 1