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Download Rejoice! Rejoice!

Delivered on December 14th, 2014, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

In the midst of the darkest days, we receive a most unexpected command.

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Download Not Knowing What We're Doing Not Knowing What We're Doing

Delivered on December 7th, 2014, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Until we stop thinking we know what we are doing, we cannot find the path of repentance.

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Download Longings in the Dark Longings in the Dark

Delivered on November 30th, 2014, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Christ's Advent at the center of our shared wounds as a people.

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Download Vexed by a Parable Vexed by a Parable

Delivered on November 16th, 2014, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Neither a fire-and-brimstone God nor a cosmic ATM will do when it comes to the God we need.

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Download The Blessed Unrest The Blessed Unrest

Delivered on November 9th, 2014, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Jesus, Paul, and Amos all call us out of our complacency.

12.88 MB    Details


Download Homily for a Storyteller Homily for a Storyteller

Delivered on November 3rd, 2014, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Zilpha Keatley Snyder was a legendary author of fantasy and fiction for young people.

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Download All We Ever Need All We Ever Need

Delivered on November 2nd, 2014, by The Rev. Annette Rankin

All Saints' and All Souls' bring us into that thin place where the dead and living touch.

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Download Who's on First? Who's on First?

Delivered on October 26th, 2014, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Jesus answers an ancient riddle in a new way.

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Download Heeding the Invitation Heeding the Invitation

Delivered on October 12th, 2014, by The Rev. Eric Metoyer

Listening for God's invitation

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Download A Question of Authority A Question of Authority

Delivered on September 28th, 2014, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

When confronted about his own authority, Jesus points back to the people.

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Download Jonah, Tea, and Grace Jonah, Tea, and Grace

Delivered on September 21st, 2014, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

At first glance, the kingdom Jesus promises is anything but fair.

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Download What Will it Profit? What Will it Profit?

Delivered on August 31st, 2014, by The Rev. Annette Rankin

The prophetic tradition holds as true today as it did over two-and-a-half millennia ago. . .

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Download Humility: Divine Identity Humility: Divine Identity

Delivered on August 24th, 2014, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

The powerful have always asserted their identity and authority, but Jesus approaches things quite differently.

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Download What's Most Important What's Most Important

Delivered on August 17th, 2014, by Br. William Carl Van Doren

The Canaanite woman confronts Jesus with the primacy of his own teaching.

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Download Hineh Ma Tov Hineh Ma Tov

Delivered on August 3rd, 2014, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Jesus' vision of the kingdom is more than just relieving hunger.

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Download The Urge to Hope The Urge to Hope

Delivered on July 20th, 2014, by The Rev. Annette Rankin

Isaiah, Jesus, and Paul all urge us to hope in the face of evil.

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Download Becoming Good Soil Becoming Good Soil

Delivered on July 13th, 2014, by Br. William Carl Van Doren

Our struggle to become good soil for the Gospel is about our struggle to be vulnerable.

11.72 MB    Details


Download The Easier Yoke The Easier Yoke

Delivered on July 6th, 2014, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Jesus' easier yoke, revealed to infants. . .

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Download Becoming Emissaries Becoming Emissaries

Delivered on June 29th, 2014, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Starting on the ancient spiritual path of purgation, illumination, and union.

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Download Trinitarian Traffic Trinitarian Traffic

Delivered on June 15th, 2014, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

The Trinity's unity and diversity reflected in the very fabric of the universe. . .

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Download The Sum of the Spirit The Sum of the Spirit

Delivered on June 8th, 2014, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

The arrival of the Spirit overturns the scattering of Babel, and reveals our identity.

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Download Confronting the Roaring Lion Confronting the Roaring Lion

Delivered on June 1st, 2014, by The Rev. Annette Rankin

Easter gives us the strength to confront real evil.

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Download Our Unknown God Our Unknown God

Delivered on May 25th, 2014, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Paul's speech to the Athenians speaks to us.

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Download The Way Home The Way Home

Delivered on May 18th, 2014, by Br. William Carl Van Doren

Jesus as the Way, even down to our every breath.

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Download The Open Gate The Open Gate

Delivered on May 11th, 2014, by The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus

Jesus the good shepherd says "I AM the gate," but what does he mean?

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Download Saying What We Mean Saying What We Mean

Delivered on April 26th, 2014, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

A homily for the memorial of John Ernest Nicholson

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Download An Incongruous Easter An Incongruous Easter

Delivered on April 20th, 2014, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Easter does not fit with business-as-usual.

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Download Voices of Easter Voices of Easter

Delivered on April 19th, 2014, by People of Church of Our Saviour

Reflections from the 2014 Easter Vigil

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Download Heaven in the Wilderness Heaven in the Wilderness

Delivered on April 17th, 2014, by The Rev. Annette Rankin

On Maundy Thursday, we remember how God has brought us out of Egypt.

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Download Unvarnished Humility Unvarnished Humility

Delivered on March 30th, 2014, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

The man born blind in John's gospel offers us an example of faithful humility.

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Download Disclosing the Bonds of Love Disclosing the Bonds of Love

Delivered on March 23rd, 2014, by The Rev. Annette Rankin

Jesus discloses the bonds of divine love for all humanity when he meets the woman at the well.

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Download A (Not So) Simple Matter of Faith A (Not So) Simple Matter of Faith

Delivered on March 16th, 2014, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Nicodemus, the early Church in Rome, and Abram all ask, in their own way, if there is more.

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Download Garden-Variety Trust Garden-Variety Trust

Delivered on March 9th, 2014, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Adam and Eve contrasted with Jesus -- the new Adam -- in the wilderness.

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Download Hypocrites for Lent Hypocrites for Lent

Delivered on March 5th, 2014, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Truly, those who are acting to fit in have received their reward.

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Download Reflections on Transfiguration Reflections on Transfiguration

Delivered on March 2nd, 2014, by Br. William Carl Van Doren

The children and youth of Church of Our Saviour talk about transfiguration.

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Download Encountering Transfiguration Encountering Transfiguration

Delivered on March 2nd, 2014, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Meeting the transfigured Christ prepares us for Lent.

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Download A School of Subversion A School of Subversion

Delivered on February 23rd, 2014, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Jesus calls us to confront a world of violence with a radical subversion.

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Download Gospel Gravity Gospel Gravity

Delivered on February 16th, 2014, by Br. William Carl Van Doren

God confronts us with the fundamental choice between life and death.

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Download Religiosity or Religion? Religiosity or Religion?

Delivered on February 9th, 2014, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Jesus and Isaiah confront the sin of religiosity.

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Download The Earth Touched by Love The Earth Touched by Love

Delivered on February 2nd, 2014, by The Rev. Annette Rankin

The Feast of the Presentation reminds us of two distinct perspectives on the body in Christianity.

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Download The Wild Ride of Repetance The Wild Ride of Repetance

Delivered on January 26th, 2014, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Do Jesus' first followers even imagine what they are getting into?

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Download Water of Saving Grace Water of Saving Grace

Delivered on January 12th, 2014, by The Rev. Annette Rankin

Water as the symbol, location, and vehicle of God's salvation.

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Download Wisdom of the Magi Wisdom of the Magi

Delivered on January 5th, 2014, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

The wise men from the East stoke our imaginations and show us a path to welcoming Christ.

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Download Joining the Divine Tribe Joining the Divine Tribe

Delivered on December 29th, 2013, by The Rev. Annette Rankin

Only when we confront our own history and identity are we prepared to meet the light of Christ born in our midst.

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Download A Holy Silence A Holy Silence

Delivered on December 25th, 2013, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

While we talk about the Word, we often miss the critical silence into which God is born.

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Download The Coming Light The Coming Light

Delivered on December 15th, 2013, by Br. Willie Van Doren

The stress of the season meets the promise of God's coming.

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Download An Advent Collision An Advent Collision

Delivered on December 8th, 2013, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

When John the Baptist collides with Isaiah's peaceable kingdom.

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Download Perfect Practice Perfect Practice

Delivered on December 1st, 2013, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Practice makes perfect? On keeping awake. . .

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Download The Foundation of Paradise The Foundation of Paradise

Delivered on November 24th, 2013, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

The dangers and hopes of remembering that Christ is King, that Jesus is Lord.

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Download I'm Here, Darlin' I'm Here, Darlin'

Delivered on November 16th, 2013, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Highlights of Porter I. Leach's memorial service.

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Download When Death means Nothing at All When Death means Nothing at All

Delivered on November 10th, 2013, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Job's faith and Jesus' clear vision of the resurrected life.

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Download Out of Babylon Out of Babylon

Delivered on October 27th, 2013, by The Rev. Annette Rankin

Are we prepared to believe that God loves us even in the midst of our exile?

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Download A Measure of Faith A Measure of Faith

Delivered on October 13th, 2013, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Why do we give?

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Download Bridging the Great Gulf Bridging the Great Gulf

Delivered on September 29th, 2013, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

An opportunity before the Great Gulf is fixed. . .

12.54 MB    Details


Download Money and God's Dream Money and God's Dream

Delivered on September 22nd, 2013, by The Rev. Annette Rankin

The parable of the dishonest manager challenges us to remember that wealth and relationships are closely intertwined.

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Download Up to Bat with Low Expectations Up to Bat with Low Expectations

Delivered on September 15th, 2013, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Jesus appears to take a pessimistic view when it comes to our repentance. Are his expectations too low?

8.39 MB    Details


Download The Yay! of the Trinity The Yay! of the Trinity

Delivered on May 26th, 2013, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

The Trinity calls us into a celebration of life itself, the dance of all creation.

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Download Life in the Spirit Life in the Spirit

Delivered on May 19th, 2013, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

The Holy Spirit acts at such a foundational place in our lives, we can sometimes barely notice its work.

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Download God's Loving Tapestry God's Loving Tapestry

Delivered on May 12th, 2013, by The Rev. Jason Lucas

The bare threads of faith are brought together into a tapestry that witnesses to God's love at work in our midst.

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Download Bare Threads of Faith Bare Threads of Faith

Delivered on May 5th, 2013, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

The truth is, all religious enterprise, and the Christian faith in particular, hangs much of the time by the barest of threads.

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Download Subversive Love Subversive Love

Delivered on April 28th, 2013, by The Rev. Annette Rankin

The love to which Jesus calls us is fundamentally subversive and transformative.

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Download A Shepherd's Peace A Shepherd's Peace

Delivered on April 21st, 2013, by The Rev. Jason Lucas

Tragedy reminds us of the way we are called to shepherd one another in Christ.

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Download Blessed Belief in Jesus Blessed Belief in Jesus

Delivered on April 7th, 2013, by Willie Van Doren p/BSG

Thomas shows us that belief in resurrection involves much more than we might think.

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Download He is Not Here He is Not Here

Delivered on March 31st, 2013, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

At Easter, the Risen Christ goes on ahead of us to open the way of an Easter life.

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Download Easter Voices Easter Voices

Delivered on March 30th, 2013, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

From Genesis to John Chrysostom: Church of Our Saviour embraces Easter.

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Download Between You and God Between You and God

Delivered on March 29th, 2013, by The Rev. Jason Lucas

One call of Good Friday is to choose what we will leave at the foot of the cross.

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Download Food is Love Food is Love

Delivered on March 28th, 2013, by The Rev. Annette Rankin

The Last Supper/Communion brings us into the loving fellowship with Jesus.

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Download Finding Mary Within Finding Mary Within

Delivered on March 17th, 2013, by Rooda Lee

Mary of Bethany gives us a profound example of the love we are to have for Christ.

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Download A Tale of Two Brothers A Tale of Two Brothers

Delivered on March 10th, 2013, by The Rev. Annette Rankin

The Parable of the Prodigal Son reveals just how radical God's love for us is.

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Download A Lenten Return A Lenten Return

Delivered on February 24th, 2013, by The Rev. Annette Rankin

Repentance in Lent means following a call to return to the deepest self.

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Download An Unassuming Soul An Unassuming Soul

Delivered on February 23rd, 2013, by Nancy Upham and The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Eulogy and homily from the memorial service for Janet Willis Upham.

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Download A Lady and Spiritual Giant A Lady and Spiritual Giant

Delivered on February 22nd, 2013, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

A homily for the memorial service of Marjorie Norton Cope.

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Download The True Path The True Path

Delivered on February 17th, 2013, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

When it comes to temptation, there is one basic thing never to lose sight of. . .

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Download The Lenten Now The Lenten Now

Delivered on February 13th, 2013, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Planning for Lenten spiritual disciplines can often defeat the purpose.

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Download The Gift of Transfiguration The Gift of Transfiguration

Delivered on February 10th, 2013, by Willie Van Doren p/BSG

Jesus' transfiguration reminds us of the glory promised to each of us, and a God who leads us through the darkness.

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Download Family Dynamics Family Dynamics

Delivered on February 3rd, 2013, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

When Jesus goes home, he encounters a familiar problem that is. . .well. . .familiar.

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Download Path to Wholeness Path to Wholeness

Delivered on January 27th, 2013, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

It is in the accidents of life that we often where we first encounter true community and then ourselves.

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Download Incarnational Moments Incarnational Moments

Delivered on December 24th, 2012, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Jesus is born into the darkest places of our hearts.

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Download Christmas Apocalypse Christmas Apocalypse

Delivered on December 23rd, 2012, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Apocalypse simply and literally means an "uncovering," a revelation.

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Download The Beginning is Now The Beginning is Now

Delivered on December 16th, 2012, by Willie Van Doren

Small miracles make up the tapestry of God's redemption.

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Download God's Dreams God's Dreams

Delivered on December 9th, 2012, by The Rev. Annette Rankin

The message of repentance comes from a most unexpected place.

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Download God's Desire God's Desire

Delivered on December 2nd, 2012, by The Rev. Annette Rankin

In the midst of the exile experience, God's promise to draw us into new life remains.

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Download The King of Invitation The King of Invitation

Delivered on November 25th, 2012, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Belonging to a kingdom "not from this world."

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Download More than Buildings, More than Money More than Buildings, More than Money

Delivered on November 18th, 2012, by The Rev. Jason Lucas

The Church is so much more than bricks and mortar.

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Download Unexpected Ways Unexpected Ways

Delivered on November 16th, 2012, by The Rev. Annette Rankin

Naomi teaches us about God's wonder-working through the darkest times.

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Download What Do You Want Me to Do For You? What Do You Want Me to Do For You?

Delivered on October 31st, 2012, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Cutting through all social and theological differences, Jesus asks a simple question.

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Download God in Our Suffering God in Our Suffering

Delivered on October 28th, 2012, by Jan Robitscher

Job poses to us an ancient riddle that leads us deeper into a life of faith.

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Download Who We Truly Are Who We Truly Are

Delivered on September 23rd, 2012, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Does competing with one another make us become who we truly are?

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Download Who Do You Say that I am? Who Do You Say that I am?

Delivered on September 16th, 2012, by The Rev. Jason Lucas

Among our greatest spiritual challenges: proclaiming Jesus as Messiah.

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Download Sitting Around Tables Sitting Around Tables

Delivered on September 9th, 2012, by The Rev. Carol Luther

To take pride in what we are expected to do is false pride.

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Download Listening for the Implanted Word Listening for the Implanted Word

Delivered on September 2nd, 2012, by The Rev. Annette Rankin

Learning again what it means to be truly religious.

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Download A Church Not Our Own A Church Not Our Own

Delivered on August 26th, 2012, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

How do we think of ourselves as a Christian people?

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Download Confounded by God's Love Confounded by God's Love

Delivered on August 19th, 2012, by The Rev. Carol Luther

Story in Jesus' hands turns our world upside down.

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Download Mistakes into Compassion Mistakes into Compassion

Delivered on August 12th, 2012, by The Rev. Carol Luther

True wholeness entails an acceptance of brokenness.

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Download God in Our Story God in Our Story

Delivered on August 5th, 2012, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

What we think about God matters less than how God is part of our story.

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Download Of God and Kings Of God and Kings

Delivered on July 29th, 2012, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Jesus' handling of power is very different from the world's ways.

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Download Witnessing to Mission Witnessing to Mission

Delivered on July 22nd, 2012, by The Rev. Annette Rankin

Our youth talk about their mission trip to Taos.

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Download Faith from Nothing Faith from Nothing

Delivered on July 1st, 2012, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

The Gospel tells us over and over again that emptiness makes room for faith.

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Download In the Boat Together In the Boat Together

Delivered on June 24th, 2012, by The Rev. Annette Rankin

Among our great spiritual challenges is to radically accept the storms of our lives.

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Download Open Possibilities Open Possibilities

Delivered on June 22nd, 2012, by The Rev. James Ward

The empty tomb points us to the surprises of God's grace in our midst.

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Download Is God Good Enough? Is God Good Enough?

Delivered on June 10th, 2012, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

The Israelites want a king, and Jesus' miracles get him branded as crazy. Is God good enough?

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Download Paradox and Challenge Paradox and Challenge

Delivered on June 1st, 2012, by The Rev. Annette Rankin

Listening and living into the Spirit moves us in unexpected ways.

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Download Keeping God's Word Keeping God's Word

Delivered on May 20th, 2012, by Willie Van Doren

Keeping God's word changes us in more ways than we can imagine.

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Download Abiding with Vyvien Abiding with Vyvien

Delivered on May 19th, 2012, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

The spiritual life is learning to live the paradox of both being on journey and abiding.

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Download Transitions Transitions

Delivered on May 13th, 2012, by Jason Lucas

Transitions make room for the Spirit.

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Download Absolute Dependence Absolute Dependence

Delivered on May 6th, 2012, by The Rev. Carol Luther

Easter calls us not simply to relationship, but utter and complete dependence on God.

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Download Shepherds for One Another Shepherds for One Another

Delivered on April 29th, 2012, by Jason Lucas

We listen for the voice of the Good Shepherd, but might we also express that voice for one another?

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Download Witnesses of These Things Witnesses of These Things

Delivered on April 22nd, 2012, by Dr. Rod Dugliss

As witnesses, we are not merely passive observers, nor consumers of God's truth. . .

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Download The Peace of Christ The Peace of Christ

Delivered on April 15th, 2012, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

One thing that the Risen Christ offers that the world cannot. . .

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Download Easter Amazement Easter Amazement

Delivered on April 8th, 2012, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Easter is not just bunnies and fun. Mark suggests it is about terror and amazement.

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Download A Human Jesus A Human Jesus

Delivered on April 6th, 2012, by Jason Lucas

The Passion reveals Jesus as undeniably human.

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Download Together Tonight Together Tonight

Delivered on April 5th, 2012, by The Rev. Annette Rankin

Jesus washes his disciples' feet, honoring their last night together.

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Download Save Me From This Hour Save Me From This Hour

Delivered on March 25th, 2012, by Jason Lucas

Haiti calls us to action in partnership with God's grace.

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Download Signs of Redemption Signs of Redemption

Delivered on March 18th, 2012, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Of serpents, Jesus, and Nicodemus.

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Download Life Worth Living Life Worth Living

Delivered on March 11th, 2012, by The Rev. Annette Rankin

Desperation is often the beginning of the spiritual life.

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Download The Power of No The Power of No

Delivered on March 4th, 2012, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Amongst the most powerful words in our spiritual vocabulary is No.

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Download Growing into Life Growing into Life

Delivered on February 22nd, 2012, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Lent as springtime for our spiritual journeys.

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Download Institutions and Mission Institutions and Mission

Delivered on February 19th, 2012, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

What happens when our institutions come right up against our mission?

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Download In Elisha's Steps In Elisha's Steps

Delivered on February 12th, 2012, by The Rev. Annette Rankin

If loving our neighbor is hard, loving our enemy is even harder.

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Download Prayerful Practice Prayerful Practice

Delivered on February 5th, 2012, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

A life of prayer is not built on perfection, but humility.

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Download A Loving Accountability A Loving Accountability

Delivered on January 29th, 2012, by Jason Lucas

Love and accountability are inexorably intertwined in God's grace.

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Download Answering the Call Answering the Call

Delivered on January 22nd, 2012, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

To answer the call of Jesus is to radically upend our lives forever.

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Download With You I am Well Pleased With You I am Well Pleased

Delivered on January 8th, 2012, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

God loves us first, last, and always.

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Download Baby Jesus and the Zero Sum Game Baby Jesus and the Zero Sum Game

Delivered on December 24th, 2011, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

When fragile love is shocked by the ways of the world, what do we do?

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Download God Undomesticated God Undomesticated

Delivered on December 18th, 2011, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Christmas reveals a wild God offering us a wild love.

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Download Are You Ready? Are You Ready?

Delivered on December 4th, 2011, by Jason Lucas

Preparing for Advent means setting aside some busy-ness for God.

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Download Advent Seeking Advent Seeking

Delivered on November 27th, 2011, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Are we keeping awake for the right thing?

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Download The Hope of Christ the King The Hope of Christ the King

Delivered on November 20th, 2011, by Jason Lucas

On being a sheep in Christ's kingdom.

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Download Gospel Investments Gospel Investments

Delivered on November 13th, 2011, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Thiefs in the night, a spiritual weather forecast, and stark warnings confront us.

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Download Lessons in Sainthood Lessons in Sainthood

Delivered on November 6th, 2011, by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Saints do not create themselves. Instead, they live into what God made them to be.

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Download Grace to Serve Grace to Serve

Delivered on October 30th, 2011, by Jason Lucas

How do we respond to the grace we have been given?

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Download Not What We Deserve Not What We Deserve

Delivered on September 18th, 2011, by Br. Thomas Bushnell BSG

Jesus challenges our notions of fairness with kingdom economics.

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Download The Way of Forgiveness The Way of Forgiveness

Delivered on September 11th, 2011, by The Rev. Beth Kelly

The tenth anniversary of 9/11 collides with a gospel passage on forgiveness.

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Download Trusting Christ Trusting Christ

Delivered on August 28th, 2011, by The Rt. Rev. Diane Jardine Bruce

When looking at our journey towards Jerusalem, it's easy at first to lose trust that Christ will see us through.

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Download Jesus Undomesticated Jesus Undomesticated

Delivered on August 21st, 2011, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Does Jesus' title of Messiah domesticate him?

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Download A Measure of Faith A Measure of Faith

Delivered on August 14th, 2011, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

The Canaanite woman teaches Jesus' followers about faith.

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Download Walking on Water Walking on Water

Delivered on August 7th, 2011, by The Rev. Beth Kelly

Peter's lack of faith reflects our lack of faith. . .in what God has already given us.

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Download On to the Gospel On to the Gospel

Delivered on July 31st, 2011, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Jesus speaks to the spiritual failings behind our governmental ineptitude.

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Download Five Parables, One Sermon Five Parables, One Sermon

Delivered on July 24th, 2011, by The Rev. Beth Kelly

Matthew piles on Jesus' parables to fill us with the Gospel.

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Download The Harvest that You Are The Harvest that You Are

Delivered on July 17th, 2011, by The Rev. Beth Kelly

The parable of the wheat and the weeds.

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Delivered on July 10th, 2011, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Grace is sown with abandon. . .and divine hope.

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Delivered on July 3rd, 2011, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Jesus can't win for losing. . .or perhaps he can.

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Download A Dangerous Trinity A Dangerous Trinity

Delivered on June 19th, 2011, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

The mystery of the Trinity drives out of safety and certainty, and into a dynamic relationship with our God.

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Delivered on June 12th, 2011, by The Rev. Beth Kelly

The wind that changes the landscape of everything.

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Download Opening Ourselves to the Spirit Opening Ourselves to the Spirit

Delivered on May 29th, 2011, by Willie Van Doren

Jesus promises us an Advocate who will be with us forever.

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Download Rapt with Certainty Rapt with Certainty

Delivered on May 22nd, 2011, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

The Rapture and the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

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Download Choosing Worlds Choosing Worlds

Delivered on May 8th, 2011, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Our mothers often were the first to disclose Christ to us.

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Download Whom are you Looking For? Whom are you Looking For?

Delivered on April 24th, 2011, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

The Risen Christ has a question.

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Download Voices of Easter Voices of Easter

Delivered on April 23rd, 2011, by The People of Church of Our Saviour

Excerpts from Church of Our Saviour's 2011 Easter Vigil

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Download Healing Broken Hearts Healing Broken Hearts

Delivered on April 10th, 2011, by The Rev. Beth Kelly

The story of Lazarus reveals our call in engaging broken hearts.

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Download Fully Seen Fully Seen

Delivered on March 27th, 2011, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Jesus sees the Samaritan woman and us completely.

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Download Giving Ourselves Over Giving Ourselves Over

Delivered on March 20th, 2011, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

What would it mean to stop holding our faith at arm's length?

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Download Images of the Wilderness Images of the Wilderness

Delivered on March 13th, 2011, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

We are driven, like Jesus, into the wilderness to confront our most basic selves.

11.55 MB    Details


Download The Bells of Servitude The Bells of Servitude

Delivered on February 27th, 2011, by The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus

Of all that clamors for our attention, it is God's call to us that gives us life.

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Download A Subversive Love A Subversive Love

Delivered on February 20th, 2011, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Checking out of relationships of violence.

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Download In Memorian: Graeme L. MacDonald In Memorian: Graeme L. MacDonald

Delivered on February 18th, 2011, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Remembering Graeme L. MacDonald

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Download Growing Up in Faith Growing Up in Faith

Delivered on February 13th, 2011, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Grace is radically free, but also radically demanding.

11.69 MB    Details


Download The Poor in Spirit The Poor in Spirit

Delivered on January 30th, 2011, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

"Blessed are the poor in spirit. . ." says Jesus.

11.14 MB    Details


Download The Story that Saves The Story that Saves

Delivered on January 23rd, 2011, by The Rev. Carol Luther

Jesus calls us into a life of discipleship.

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Download The Call of God's Beloved The Call of God's Beloved

Delivered on January 16th, 2011, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Baptism is about God's call to our roots, of recognizing we are beloved of God.

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Delivered on January 9th, 2011, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

A 12-year-old Jesus teaches us to value relationship and understanding rather than fear.

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Download In the Bleak Midwinter In the Bleak Midwinter

Delivered on January 2nd, 2011, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Learning to follow the star beyond the holidays.

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Download Oddities of Incarnation Oddities of Incarnation

Delivered on December 24th, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Jesus in the manger vs. "God does not exist."

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Download Lessons and Carols Lessons and Carols

Delivered on December 19th, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Highlights from the Lessons and Carols Service 2010.

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Download A Deacon's Witness A Deacon's Witness

Delivered on December 12th, 2010, by The Rev. Betsy Payne Rosen

Betsy Rosen's diaconal farewell sermon at Church of Our Saviour.

11.95 MB    Details


Download Bearing Worthy Fruit Bearing Worthy Fruit

Delivered on December 5th, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

The call to bear fruit worthy of repentance.

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Download A Thief in the Night A Thief in the Night

Delivered on November 28th, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

On Advent and Incarnation.

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Download King of Kings? King of Kings?

Delivered on November 21st, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Does it make sense to call Christ a King?

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Download Scary Jesus and the Kingdom Scary Jesus and the Kingdom

Delivered on November 14th, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

The Kingdom of God unfolds in unexpected ways.

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Delivered on October 31st, 2010, by Br. Karekin Yarian

Zacchaeus teaches us about vocation in God.

11.62 MB    Details


Download The Wrong End of the Telescope The Wrong End of the Telescope

Delivered on October 24th, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

What the Pharisee and the tax collector teach us.

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Download Persistence in Prayer Persistence in Prayer

Delivered on October 17th, 2010, by Willie Van Doren

Praying on the uphill climb.

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Download Generosity, Power, and Poverty Generosity, Power, and Poverty

Delivered on October 10th, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Francis and today.

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Download On Deacons On Deacons

Delivered on September 26th, 2010, by The Rev. Betsy Rosen

On becoming an ordained deacon.

20.37 MB    Details


Download Contemplating a Subversive Jesus Contemplating a Subversive Jesus

Delivered on September 19th, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Subversive Jesus.

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Delivered on August 29th, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Tackling Pride.

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Download True Religion True Religion

Delivered on August 22nd, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Considering sabbath and religiosity.

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Download Necessary Suffering Necessary Suffering

Delivered on August 15th, 2010, by The Rev. Betsy Payne Rosen

Exploring the spirituality of suffering.

12.23 MB    Details


Download In God's Good Pleasure In God's Good Pleasure

Delivered on August 8th, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Our God takes pleasure in giving.

9.34 MB    Details


Download The Riddle of Riches and Grace The Riddle of Riches and Grace

Delivered on August 1st, 2010, by The Rev. Carol Luther

Death as the equalizer.

17.39 MB    Details


Download In God's Counsel In God's Counsel

Delivered on July 25th, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

A challenge to challenge God.

12.5 MB    Details


Download The Gift of a Stranger The Gift of a Stranger

Delivered on July 18th, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Welcoming God in the stranger.

11.51 MB    Details


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Delivered on July 11th, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

What does it mean to be a hero?

13.25 MB    Details


Download Naaman Meets the Fourth of July Naaman Meets the Fourth of July

Delivered on July 4th, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

What do we mean by "God Bless America?"

13.13 MB    Details


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Delivered on June 27th, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Jesus shocks us into the life of the Gospel.

18.9 MB    Details


Download What Are You Doing Here? What Are You Doing Here?

Delivered on June 20th, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

How God responds to our fear.

11.57 MB    Details


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Delivered on June 6th, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

A contemporary version of an ancient heresy?

18.45 MB    Details


Download Tutu's Ohana Tutu's Ohana

Delivered on June 6th, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

God's family as ohana, through the life of Patricia Weissich.

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Download Cardinal: The Rack! Cardinal: The Rack!

Delivered on May 30th, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

On why we have a Creed.

15.18 MB    Details


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Delivered on May 23rd, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

The Tower of Babel and the Day of Pentecost.

14.46 MB    Details


Download Walking into the Wilderness with God Walking into the Wilderness with God

Delivered on May 16th, 2010, by The Rev. Carol Luther

On living in Christian community.

19.82 MB    Details


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Delivered on May 9th, 2010, by The Rev. Betsy Payne Rosen

On living in Christian community.

15.52 MB    Details


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Delivered on May 7th, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Reflecting on the faith of a "pillar of the church".

11.41 MB    Details


Download Love and the City of God Love and the City of God

Delivered on May 2nd, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Love as a discipline.

0.34 MB    Details


Download If You Meet Jesus in the Temple If You Meet Jesus in the Temple

Delivered on April 25th, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Meeting God, being sheep, and figuring out what it means to be Christian.

15.75 MB    Details


Download On Christian Service On Christian Service

Delivered on April 18th, 2010, by The Rev. Carol Luther

What do Christians mean by service?

0.16 MB    Details


Download The Wisdom of Magdalena The Wisdom of Magdalena

Delivered on April 4th, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

The first witness of the Resurrection tells us about our God.

13.68 MB    Details


Download Just Another Good Friday Just Another Good Friday

Delivered on April 2nd, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Good Friday comes again with news good and bad.

11.43 MB    Details


Download Who are these Robed in White? Who are these Robed in White?

Delivered on March 24th, 2010, by Peter Menkin

On Oscar Romero.

9.01 MB    Details


Download Heads in the Sand Heads in the Sand

Delivered on March 21st, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Judas' perspective is often ours as well.

10.27 MB    Details


Download Grumbles of the Older Brother Grumbles of the Older Brother

Delivered on March 14th, 2010, by The Rev. Kate Baird

Looking again at the parable of the prodigal son.

11.09 MB    Details


Download Rules of the Henhouse Rules of the Henhouse

Delivered on February 28th, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Jesus gazes straight into fear.

11.22 MB    Details


Download The Heart of Temptation The Heart of Temptation

Delivered on February 21st, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

In the wilderness, Jesus faces the foundational temptations of us all.

16.36 MB    Details


Download A Life of Prayer A Life of Prayer

Delivered on February 14th, 2010, by Willie Van Doren

The Transfiguration reveals what a life of prayer means.

15.84 MB    Details


Download The Golden Mouth Chrysostom The Golden Mouth Chrysostom

Delivered on January 27th, 2010, by Peter Menkin

On John Chrysostom.

9.62 MB    Details


Download Counting Blessings Counting Blessings

Delivered on January 24th, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

The struggle to complain or give thanks.

9.83 MB    Details


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Delivered on January 17th, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Does God cause disasters?

14.23 MB    Details


Download Baptismal Uncertainty Baptismal Uncertainty

Delivered on January 10th, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Think your baptism makes you certain?

11.17 MB    Details


Download Sanctifying Conflict Sanctifying Conflict

Delivered on January 3rd, 2010, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

The Holy Family is not even above conflict.

11.6 MB    Details


Download Light in the Darkness Light in the Darkness

Delivered on December 27th, 2009, by The Rev. Carol Luther

The incarnation story is our story for the life and light of the world.

18.05 MB    Details


Download Christmas for the (Un)Closeted Christian Christmas for the (Un)Closeted Christian

Delivered on December 24th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Is the Christ child an embarrassing truth?

14.19 MB    Details


Download The Scandal of Advent The Scandal of Advent

Delivered on December 20th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

A small-town scandal reveals the truth of Christmas.

9.85 MB    Details


Download Grace and Sight Grace and Sight

Delivered on December 16th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

A memorial for Pat de Fremery.

8.79 MB    Details


Download The People of Advent The People of Advent

Delivered on December 13th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

John the Baptist: The Prophet who Stole Christmas?

12.49 MB    Details


Download The Threads of Advent The Threads of Advent

Delivered on December 6th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Do we prepare for Advent, or does Advent prepare us?

11.14 MB    Details


Download Missionary: Evangelist and Herald Missionary: Evangelist and Herald

Delivered on December 2nd, 2009, by Peter Menkin

On Channing Moore Williams and Missionaries.

10.13 MB    Details


Download The Grace of Advent The Grace of Advent

Delivered on November 29th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Taking on the "God of the gaps."

10.46 MB    Details


Download Far More than These Far More than These

Delivered on November 25th, 2009, by The Rev. Robert Gieselmann

Do we know how much to be thankful for?

13.09 MB    Details


Download Christ the King and the Prosperity Gospel Christ the King and the Prosperity Gospel

Delivered on November 22nd, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Is our understanding of prosperity God's, too?

14.97 MB    Details


Download The Last Days The Last Days

Delivered on November 15th, 2009, by Willie Van Doren

Revisiting the end of all things.

12.56 MB    Details


Download Picking Up Sticks and Offerings Picking Up Sticks and Offerings

Delivered on November 8th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

The widow's mite revisited.

14.31 MB    Details


Download For All Saints' For All Saints'

Delivered on November 1st, 2009, by The Rev. Kate Baird

Holiness is not found in being good or pious.

11.7 MB    Details


Download A Rap for All Saints' A Rap for All Saints'

Delivered on November 1st, 2009, by EPIC Youth and Willie Van Doren

EPIC Youth Rap about the saints.

2 MB    Details


Download We Reflect on Two Apostles We Reflect on Two Apostles

Delivered on October 28th, 2009, by Peter Menkin

About apostles - Saints Simon and Jude.

10.43 MB    Details


Download The Suffering Servant: Sufficiency, Servitude, Species The Suffering Servant: Sufficiency, Servitude, Species

Delivered on October 18th, 2009, by The Rev. Carol Luther

Jesus responds to the temptation to lord it over others.

14.17 MB    Details


Download Threats, Gratitude, and Generosity Threats, Gratitude, and Generosity

Delivered on October 11th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

The call to generosity.

9.05 MB    Details


Download Peacemaker Blessed Peacemaker Blessed

Delivered on September 29th, 2009, by Peter Menkin

On Michael and All Angels.

10.02 MB    Details


Download The Gospel and the Ouroboros The Gospel and the Ouroboros

Delivered on September 27th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Envy and Jesus'teaching.

15.71 MB    Details


Download Transience Transience

Delivered on September 20th, 2009, by The Rev. Betsy Payne Rosen

Loving things heavenly.

13.3 MB    Details


Download Crosses and Obedience Crosses and Obedience

Delivered on September 13th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Obedience and the central symbol of our faith.

13.65 MB    Details


Download Keeping Up Appearances Keeping Up Appearances

Delivered on August 30th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Hyacinth Bucket and the Gospel.

13.86 MB    Details


Download Choice, Control, and Salvation Choice, Control, and Salvation

Delivered on August 23rd, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

A Western heresy?

14.93 MB    Details


Download Holiness and Bernard of Clairvaux Holiness and Bernard of Clairvaux

Delivered on August 19th, 2009, by Peter Menkin

On Bernard of Clairvaux.

10.02 MB    Details


Download Children of Wisdom Children of Wisdom

Delivered on August 16th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Lady Wisdom, our elder God.

10.77 MB    Details


Download Starting Over Starting Over

Delivered on August 9th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

God's response to our desire to throw in the towel.

13.1 MB    Details


Download Food for our Craving Food for our Craving

Delivered on August 2nd, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

The answer to life's hardest questions.

10.28 MB    Details


Download On Scarcity On Scarcity

Delivered on July 26th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Tough economic times and God's grace.

13.28 MB    Details


Download She Has Always Spoken to My Heart She Has Always Spoken to My Heart

Delivered on July 22nd, 2009, by Peter Menkin

On Mary Magdalene.

8.18 MB    Details


Download A Whole New Life A Whole New Life

Delivered on July 19th, 2009, by The Rev. Betsy Payne Rosen

What healing in Christ may truly mean.

17.1 MB    Details


Download Prophets, Truth, and Independence Prophets, Truth, and Independence

Delivered on July 5th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Ezekiel meets July 4th.

13.5 MB    Details


Download (More) Lessons in Faith (More) Lessons in Faith

Delivered on June 28th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

The faith that Christ commends.

8.85 MB    Details


Download Feisty with Roots Feisty with Roots

Delivered on June 28th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

A memorial for Phyllis Grace Staton.

8.44 MB    Details


Download Growing Up in Faith Growing Up in Faith

Delivered on June 21st, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

When God calls us to grow up.

10.92 MB    Details


Download Curmudgeons, Saints, and the Harrowing of Hell Curmudgeons, Saints, and the Harrowing of Hell

Delivered on June 20th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

A memorial for a remarkable curmudgeon.

10.78 MB    Details


Download Caveats and Green Shoots Caveats and Green Shoots

Delivered on June 14th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Grace requires no caveats.

13.71 MB    Details


Download Of Bishops, Creeds, and Nicodemus Of Bishops, Creeds, and Nicodemus

Delivered on June 7th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Creeds and doctrine get personal.

16.21 MB    Details


Download What Does This Mean? What Does This Mean?

Delivered on May 31st, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

The Spirit stirs up everything.

11.42 MB    Details


Download Riddles of Ascensiontide Riddles of Ascensiontide

Delivered on May 24th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Reinterpreting the Ascension.

10.13 MB    Details


Download The Gift of Friendship The Gift of Friendship

Delivered on May 17th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

When Christ calls us friends.

13.78 MB    Details


Download That God is Love That God is Love

Delivered on May 13th, 2009, by Peter Menkin

A reflection on John 15:1-8.

9.86 MB    Details


Download Learning to Abide Learning to Abide

Delivered on May 10th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

While the world whirls around us, we are called to abide.

12.34 MB    Details


Download Practicing Easter Practicing Easter

Delivered on April 26th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

The practical implications of Easter.

12.76 MB    Details


Download Easter Perfection Easter Perfection

Delivered on April 12th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Finding freedom from perfectionism in the Resurrection.

6.35 MB    Details


Download The Undefended Heart The Undefended Heart

Delivered on March 29th, 2009, by The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

God chooses open hearts for the divine law.

11.69 MB    Details


Download Hail, Thou That art Highly Favored Hail, Thou That art Highly Favored

Delivered on March 25th, 2009, by Peter Menkin

On the Annunciation.

7.63 MB    Details


Download Strange Portents Strange Portents

Delivered on March 22nd, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

The healing power of the cross lifted high.

0.05 MB    Details


Download Into Fuller Life Into Fuller Life

Delivered on March 15th, 2009, by The Rev. Betsy Payne Rosen

Considering the place of disciplines in our lives.

11.85 MB    Details


Download Skin in the Game Skin in the Game

Delivered on March 8th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Jesus asks us a hard question.

12.42 MB    Details


Download Some Rainbow Theology Some Rainbow Theology

Delivered on March 1st, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

On rainbows and covenant.

11.53 MB    Details


Download Martin Luther: Reformer, Hymnist Martin Luther: Reformer, Hymnist

Delivered on February 18th, 2009, by Peter Menkin

On Martin Luther.

0.03 MB    Details


Download When Jesus Heals When Jesus Heals

Delivered on February 15th, 2009, by Carren Sheldon

Healing is more than restoration.

10.86 MB    Details


Download Democracy, Demons, and Darwin Democracy, Demons, and Darwin

Delivered on February 8th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Is survival good enough?

12.08 MB    Details


Download Business or Family? Business or Family?

Delivered on February 1st, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

"Who's that sitting in my pew?"

0.02 MB    Details


Download Man of Holiness, Head and Heart: Thomas Aquinas Man of Holiness, Head and Heart: Thomas Aquinas

Delivered on January 28th, 2009, by Peter Menkin

On Thomas Aquinas.

0.03 MB    Details


Download Jonah and the Blue Screen Jonah and the Blue Screen

Delivered on January 25th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

"For God alone my soul in silence waits."

13.48 MB    Details


Download Which Way is Up? Which Way is Up?

Delivered on January 18th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Faith is showing up, not being right.

13.77 MB    Details


Download Primordial Signs Primordial Signs

Delivered on January 11th, 2009, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Water points back all the way to the beginning.

11.85 MB    Details


Download A New Thing A New Thing

Delivered on December 24th, 2008, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

In the incarnation, God is doing a new thing for all time.

17.12 MB    Details


Download Ready or Not Ready or Not

Delivered on December 21st, 2008, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Christ is coming, whether or not we are ready.

10.16 MB    Details


Download Wisdom to Be Still Wisdom to Be Still

Delivered on December 14th, 2008, by The Rev. Betsy Payne Rosen

Advent is a time for being still.

14.54 MB    Details


Download The Son of Man The Son of Man

Delivered on November 30th, 2008, by The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

Being a conscious Christian.

9.81 MB    Details


Download Jesus for President? Jesus for President?

Delivered on November 23rd, 2008, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Christ the King?

13.53 MB    Details


Download The Poor, the Widow, the Hungry The Poor, the Widow, the Hungry

Delivered on November 19th, 2008, by Peter Menkin

On Elizabeth of Hungary.

0.03 MB    Details


Download Let's Build a Church Let's Build a Church

Delivered on November 9th, 2008, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Wrestling with Church as Institution.

11.63 MB    Details


Download Soften Our Hearts Soften Our Hearts

Delivered on September 28th, 2008, by The Rev. Betsy Payne Rosen

An invitation to remember those most in need.

14.39 MB    Details


Download An Unfair God An Unfair God

Delivered on September 21st, 2008, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

God's sense of fair may not be ours.

15.23 MB    Details


Download Letting God Go Letting God Go

Delivered on September 14th, 2008, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Letting God be God.

14.9 MB    Details


Download A Play-Date with Creation A Play-Date with Creation

Delivered on September 7th, 2008, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Seeing Creation as a source of spiritual wisdom.

10.07 MB    Details


Download Christ, Peter, and Suffering Christ, Peter, and Suffering

Delivered on August 31st, 2008, by The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

Learning to surrender in the face of tragedy.

11.34 MB    Details


Download A Messiah for Characters A Messiah for Characters

Delivered on August 24th, 2008, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

What does it mean to call Jesus the Messiah?

11.86 MB    Details


Download Faith in the Raw Faith in the Raw

Delivered on August 17th, 2008, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Thawing out a frozen faith.

11.88 MB    Details


Download Stepping out of the Boat Stepping out of the Boat

Delivered on August 10th, 2008, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Defying gravity without being perfect.

13.64 MB    Details


Download Wrestling out of Scarcity Wrestling out of Scarcity

Delivered on August 3rd, 2008, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Jacob's wrestling with God is our wrestling with God.

12.85 MB    Details


Download The Unexpected Kingdom The Unexpected Kingdom

Delivered on July 27th, 2008, by The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

Pilgrimage teaches the hospitality of God's Kingdom.

10.78 MB    Details


Download Grandpa in the Weeds Grandpa in the Weeds

Delivered on July 20th, 2008, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Are we called to weed our own field?

15.79 MB    Details


Download A State of Consuming A State of Consuming

Delivered on July 13th, 2008, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Coming face-to-face with our obsession with things not of the Spirit.

18.22 MB    Details


Download Sacrifice and Scapegoats Sacrifice and Scapegoats

Delivered on June 29th, 2008, by The Rev. Dr. Jay Emerson Johnson

Does God desire sacrifice or mercy?

0.02 MB    Details


Download Biblical Family Values Biblical Family Values

Delivered on June 22nd, 2008, by The Rev. Dr. Jay Emerson Johnson

Would Jesus recognize our most hallowed family institutions?

16.08 MB    Details


Download Racism and the Shepherd's Gate Racism and the Shepherd's Gate

Delivered on April 13th, 2008, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

How do we engage in the daunting task of dismantling racism?

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Download Lazarus Lazarus

Delivered on March 9th, 2008, by The Rev. Betsy Payne Rosen

How do we join in the hope of the story of Lazarus?

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Download At the Well of Life At the Well of Life

Delivered on February 24th, 2008, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

A God who meets the demands of our thirst, and exceeds them.

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Download Vulnerable Wings of Power Vulnerable Wings of Power

Delivered on February 20th, 2008, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Jesus, power, and vulnerability.

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Download The God Who Sees us Whole The God Who Sees us Whole

Delivered on January 20th, 2008, by The Rev. Payne Rosen

Seeking God's transformative presence in our personal lives.

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Download We Three Kings from the East We Three Kings from the East

Delivered on January 6th, 2008, by The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

The journey of the magi through their own eyes.

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Download And the Darkness Shall Not Overcome It And the Darkness Shall Not Overcome It

Delivered on December 30th, 2007, by The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

The first step in bringing the light of the Christ Child to the world.

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Download The Tapestry of a Holy Night The Tapestry of a Holy Night

Delivered on December 24th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

The birth of Jesus proclaims God's transcendence over all claims of human power.

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Download The Power of Joseph The Power of Joseph

Delivered on December 23rd, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Mary's conceiving a child is a lesson in God's power in the face of our own.

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Download Reeds Shaken Reeds Shaken

Delivered on December 16th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

What do we do when we recognize we are not prepared for the Messiah's coming?

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Download Watching and Waiting Watching and Waiting

Delivered on December 9th, 2007, by The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

What is our role in the coming of the kingdom of heaven?

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Download Redeeming Stumps Redeeming Stumps

Delivered on December 9th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

God makes much out of very little, and little out of much.

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Download An Unexpected Advent An Unexpected Advent

Delivered on December 2nd, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

As Christians, we live forever on the edge of an imminent transformation of everything.

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Download The Promise of Christ The Promise of Christ

Delivered on November 25th, 2007, by The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

Living into the promises of Christ the King.

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Download Judgment for Stepping Into It Judgment for Stepping Into It

Delivered on November 18th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

How do we speak to the apocalypse of our age?

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Download Adikia and Generosity Adikia and Generosity

Delivered on September 23rd, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

How does God redeem the mammon of unrighteousness?

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Download Heaven, Hell, and a God who Comes after Us Heaven, Hell, and a God who Comes after Us

Delivered on September 16th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Are heaven and hell out there or right here?

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Download Redeeming Sabbath Redeeming Sabbath

Delivered on August 26th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Sabbath as an essential spiritual practice in the "always on" culture.

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Download Pleasure Leads us Where we Go Pleasure Leads us Where we Go

Delivered on August 19th, 2007, by The Rev. Betsy Payne Rosen

Beyond a "nice" God.

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Download Heavy Laden Heavy Laden

Delivered on August 12th, 2007, by The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

For a world burdened with many obsessions, Jesus comes to set people free.

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Download The Eighth Day The Eighth Day

Delivered on August 5th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

There are seven days in the week, so what does it mean to enter the eighth day?

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Download The God of the Lord's Prayer The God of the Lord's Prayer

Delivered on July 29th, 2007, by The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

What kind of God does Jesus disclose when he teaches his followers how to pray?

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Download Some Harry Potter Theology Some Harry Potter Theology

Delivered on July 29th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Harry Potter and Christianity -- friends or foes?

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Download Open Eyes, With Wonder Open Eyes, With Wonder

Delivered on July 22nd, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Just how valuable is our work to God's grace?

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Download Inspiring the Family of God Inspiring the Family of God

Delivered on July 18th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

A Sermon honoring Barton Warren Shackelford.

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Download An Ocean of Suffering by the Side of the Road An Ocean of Suffering by the Side of the Road

Delivered on July 15th, 2007, by The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

Our neighbors are in need. Will we pass them by?

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Download For Special Christians For Special Christians

Delivered on July 8th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Are you a "Special Christian?" Think again.

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Download Jesus and Company Jesus and Company

Delivered on July 1st, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Baptism draws us into a new family where water runs thicker than blood.

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Download What are you Doing Here? What are you Doing Here?

Delivered on June 24th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

To know the story of a refugee is to know the story of Christ.

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Download Taste and See Taste and See

Delivered on June 17th, 2007, by The Rev. Betsy Payne Rosen

On Christians called to feed all who are hungry.

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Download Bullet Train Theology Bullet Train Theology

Delivered on June 10th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Liminal space opens us to the transformation of God's grace.

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Download Trinity and Baptism - Children's Sermon Trinity and Baptism - Children's Sermon

Delivered on June 3rd, 2007, by The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

Using Godly Play, Este Cantor describes the Trinity through the lens of baptism.

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Download The Mirror of the Trinity The Mirror of the Trinity

Delivered on June 3rd, 2007, by The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

Trinity is the path in which we come into closer relationship with God.

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Download Hubris, Babel, and the Spirit Hubris, Babel, and the Spirit

Delivered on May 27th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Our sense of being powerful is forever confounded by God's grace.

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Download That We All May Be One That We All May Be One

Delivered on May 20th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Jesus prays for unity amongst his followers, a desire that echoes to us across the centuries.

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Download Peace I Leave with You Peace I Leave with You

Delivered on May 13th, 2007, by The Rev. Dr. David T. Gortner

Jesus is leaving. Our journey begins.

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Download Beyond the Tribal Church Beyond the Tribal Church

Delivered on May 6th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Peter's journey reveals that the Risen Christ has overcome the boundaries of tribal tradition.

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Download Believing in the Good Shepherd Believing in the Good Shepherd

Delivered on April 29th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Mere belief or relationship?

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Download Our Unrecognized Creation Our Unrecognized Creation

Delivered on April 22nd, 2007, by The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

Our call to care for the Earth is a holy one.

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Download What Kind of Faith will we Have? What Kind of Faith will we Have?

Delivered on April 15th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Thomas raises questions that reflects the questions of faith for all of us.

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Download God Out of the Box God Out of the Box

Delivered on April 8th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Resurrection, God, and being an Easter People.

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Download From Easter Vigil From Easter Vigil

Delivered on April 7th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Excerpts from the 2007 Easter Vigil at Church of Our Saviour.

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Download Why the Cross? Why the Cross?

Delivered on April 6th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Is the cross best explained by theory or reality?

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Download When Grace Dons a Towel When Grace Dons a Towel

Delivered on April 5th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Jesus responds to a world of power by washing the disciples' feet.

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Download A Reflection for Palm Sunday A Reflection for Palm Sunday

Delivered on April 1st, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

What does it mean that we call this Sunday Palm or Passion Sunday or both?

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Download The Outrageous Anointing The Outrageous Anointing

Delivered on April 1st, 2007, by The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

The anointing woman is a figure long revered in religious tradition.

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Download Preparing for Contemplation Preparing for Contemplation

Delivered on March 25th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

The witness of Mary at the feet of Jesus invites out of a productivity-obsessed culture.

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Download The Prodigal Son The Prodigal Son

Delivered on March 18th, 2007, by The Rev. Betsy Payne Rosen

In a beloved parable Jesus reveals a deep truth about God, and about how God expects us to live.

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Download Our Constant Gardener Our Constant Gardener

Delivered on March 11th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Why do bad things happen to people?

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Download Inheriting the Blessing Inheriting the Blessing

Delivered on March 4th, 2007, by The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

A children's homily on the promise God makes to Abraham.

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Download Threats and Trust Threats and Trust

Delivered on March 4th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

In a world of threats from both without and within, God calls us into a life of trust.

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Download Jesus in the Wilderness Jesus in the Wilderness

Delivered on February 25th, 2007, by The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

Jesus' wilderness reflects our own, where we are called to draw deep from the resources of our faith to respond to temptation.

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Download Archbishops and Transfiguration Archbishops and Transfiguration

Delivered on February 18th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

What expectations do we have to meet before we can witness the Transfigured Christ?

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Download The Call of Tomorrow The Call of Tomorrow

Delivered on February 4th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Calls very rarely come out of the blue, but what happens when God in Christ walks right into the middle of our ordinary lives?

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Download Anglican Transformation Anglican Transformation

Delivered on January 28th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

How do we respond when God in Christ says or does the unexpected?

9.34 MB    Details


Download Globalization in the Arctic Globalization in the Arctic

Delivered on January 21st, 2007, by The Rev. Belle Mickelson

The Prophet Amos speaks above the Arctic Circle.

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Download Water into Wine Water into Wine

Delivered on January 14th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

A Messianic parlor trick or a call to change the world?

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Download Over the Edge Over the Edge

Delivered on January 7th, 2007, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Water stands at the heart of our spirituality. . .but why?

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Download Beginnings Beginnings

Delivered on December 31st, 2006, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

How far back does Jesus go?

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Download What Child is This? What Child is This?

Delivered on December 24th, 2006, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

We may find the baby Jesus familiar, but he is a strange child indeed!

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Download All Things Made New All Things Made New

Delivered on December 24th, 2006, by The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

The wonder of incarnation marks the beginning of our journey of salvation.

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Download Ready Yet? Ready Yet?

Delivered on December 24th, 2006, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

The task of Advent was about getting ready, but few of us are!

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Download A Prophet or Two A Prophet or Two

Delivered on December 17th, 2006, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

How is it that prophets always seem to hit us where we're most vulnerable?

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Download Metanoia and the Other Metanoia and the Other

Delivered on December 10th, 2006, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

Our fractious age is rife with shutting out those who are different, yet John the Baptist calls us into a radical encounter.

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Download The King of Kings The King of Kings

Delivered on November 26th, 2006, by The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

What do we mean when we call Jesus King of Kings?

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Download The Desolating Sacrilege The Desolating Sacrilege

Delivered on November 19th, 2006, by The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

The terrifying words of Mark 13:14-23 offer reason to contemplate on how Jesus relates to apocalyptic imagery of the first century.

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Download Two Widows and our Pledge Two Widows and our Pledge

Delivered on November 12th, 2006, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

In Mark 12:38-44, Jesus poses a challenging contrast between those who give out of their abundance and the widow who gives away everything, even the little she has.

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Download Playing with Probabilities Playing with Probabilities

Delivered on November 5th, 2006, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

A conversation while waiting for jury duty gives rise to a reflection about atheism and the saints.

5.18 MB    Details


Download The Healing of Bartimaeus The Healing of Bartimaeus

Delivered on October 29th, 2006, by The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor

Reflecting on Mark 10:46-52, spiritual blindness, and the numbing challenges that wartime brings.

7.09 MB    Details


Download On Pecking Orders and Servants On Pecking Orders and Servants

Delivered on October 22nd, 2006, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

What do James and John in Mark 10, Japanese keigo, and a family of owls have in common?

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Download It's all about. . . It's all about. . .

Delivered on October 15th, 2006, by The Rev. Richard E. Helmer

On Jesus and the rich man (Mark 10:17-31) and our relationship with wealth.

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