St. John’s Episcopal - Saginaw, MI


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August 31, 2014 @ 11:51 am

August 31, 2014 - The Rev. Curt Norman

Fr. Curt's homily at the 8am service on the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 17, Year A.

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August 24, 2014 @ 11:32 am

August 24, 2014 - The Rev. Curt Norman

Fr. Curt's homily from the 10am service on the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 16, Year A.

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August 17, 2014 @ 12:32 pm

August 17, 2014 - The Rev. Curt Norman

Sermon from the 10am service on the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 15, Year A. 

Matthew 15:21-28

Jesus left Gennesaret and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, "Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon." But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, "Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us." He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me." He answered, "It is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs." She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table." Then Jesus answered her, "Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish." And her daughter was healed instantly.

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August 10, 2014 @ 11:41 am

August 10, 2014 - The Rev. Curt Norman

Ramblings from the 10am service on the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 14, Year A. 

Matthew 14:22-33

Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, "Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid."

Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water." He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!" Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?" When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."

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August 3, 2014 @ 10:41 pm

August 3, 2014 - Dr. Matt Hallgarth, Lay Preacher

Lay Preacher Dr. Matt Hallgarth's sermon from Morning Prayer on the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 13, Year Two. Matt teaches philosophy, religious studies, and ethics at Tarleton State University. He is a member of St. Luke's and currently serves on the Vestry. 

His main text for the day: Mark 3:20-30
... and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat.When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, ‘He has gone out of his mind.’ And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, ‘He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.’ And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, ‘How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.

 ‘Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin’— for they had said, ‘He has an unclean spirit.’

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