Sermons by The Rev. Dawn M. Frankfurt, Rector

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The Third Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A

EVERYONE GETS HEALED In the name of God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  AMEN. There are many times I could start a sermon by saying, “This morning we have a reading from one of Paul’s letters that we can’t understand.” There is nothing like long, confusing syntax to invite scholarship, debate and a variety of […]

Advent III, Year A


Long-Term Relationship The Rev’d Dawn M. Frankfurt In the name of the Holy One who is relationship, who gives and receives perfect love by being, bless us that we may grow in relationship with you, ourselves and others. We ask this of the One who creates and makes whole, whose very nature is love. AMEN. […]

The Fourth Sunday after Easter, Year C

TRUST THE SHEPHERD When we hear the parables of the Good Shepherd, we immediately identify with the sheep. We are the ones for whom the Good Shepherd cares. Going back, before the time of Jesus, we know from many instances in the Hebrew Scriptures that the people of God were already thinking of themselves as […]

Palm Sunday, Year C

GOD BEING HUMAN My Lenten discipline this year included reading “The Seven Last Words: An Invitation to Deeper Friendship with Jesus,” by James Martin, SJ. His thoughts have shaped my reflection on the scene just dramatized, the passion of Christ. This morning, we remember our Lord’s last days of life: from his entry into Jerusalem […]

Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year C

You do not Always Have Me This weekend, as we step into the fifth Sunday of Lent, we have spent a month in the contemplative mood of the season: encouraged to observe self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy word. It is the hope of the […]

Third Sunday in Lent, Year C


GET OUT OF THE WAY! In the name of God. Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. Moses is someone we can identify with. He’s got a family and a certain set of responsibilities. In the portion of the story we heard today, he was out doing his part for the family, taking care of his […]

1st Sunday in Lent, Year C


Claiming Safe Space for God In the name of God. Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. We have a strategic planning committee which has done a great job gathering information and painting for themselves a picture of the congregation as it is today. Having heard from you through the course of conversations, a parish survey […]

Proper 28, Year B


AFTER PARIS AND BEIRUT In the name of God. Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. God brings things together in such unexpected ways. This weekend is our parish ingathering – the point toward which we have been building for several weeks. At this time we are asking for your pledge of support to the parish […]

Proper 27, Year B


Charming Gardeners of the soul  In the name of God. Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. This morning I will start by telling you about a surprising, meaningful conversation I had Wednesday night with a man who had been a visitor to St. James. He used a cane as he walked up to me. In […]