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The greatness of this gospel good news (A sermon on Luke 18:9-14)


It's three and a half years, now, since the day during a gathering of younger-ish Episcopal priests when they asked us each to go around the circle and identify a goal or something we wanted to be true about our ministry, and then they divided us into smaller discussion groups to work on change plans based on similar goals. And I said something about wanting to be more courageous about speaking up and saying what I knew to be the Gospel truth even when it wasn’t specifically my job to do it. But somehow the way I said it or they heard it, it didn’t land me in the “claiming our voices” discussion group. It landed me in the “success” small group - the people who wanted to be less concerned about ambition and landing in the right jobs and being noticed and respected by the right people...
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A sermon by Matt Prest (SLU '19)


(Below is the word Matt preached at our Sunday night Eucharist last week. If you'd like to read the Scriptures on which he preached, you can find them here under "track 2".)

Does anyone have those moments when you’re absently doing something and your brain chooses to remind you of some really cringey thing you did once when you were younger? Like you’re lying in bed going to sleep and then bam! Ain’t no sleeping now just repeatedly banging my head into the pillow screaming why???  And all I am left thinking is why on earth did I possibly think that was a good idea? Like who even was I when I thought that asking someone out over Facebook was a good idea?? If you want to have an incredibly uncomfortable time I suggest going to find your oldest Facebook posts. I just
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Tonight at Rockwell House: You. Are. Enough. (A sermon on Luke 15:1-10)


You are worth it. You are enough.

Sometimes I like to ease into a sermon, bury the lede, let people work it out for themselves as we go along. But this time I want to be crystal clear, if you hear nothing else in this sermon: You are worth it. You. Are. Enough.

There is nothing you can do to make God love you more. There is nothing you can do to make God love you less. You are enough, already, to be God's - simply because you already are.

At the level of basic theory, this is something that most everyone agrees on across religious backgrounds. And yet, so often the way things play out, what is communicated is something more like this:

One night when she returned from swim practice, my friend K walked into the dimmed dining room...

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