Sermons by Sherry Deets

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Sherry Deets is the current Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Trinity in Coatesville, PA.

Unbind Us

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All Saints Sunday – November 7, 2021 John 11:32-44           Today we are celebrating All Saints Sunday. So, why is it that we set aside a Sunday each year to commemorate the saints that have preceded us? Well, the tradition is meant to provide an opportunity to acknowledge that we stand upon the shoulders of […]

What Gives You Hope?

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22 Pentecost, Proper 25 – October 24, 2021 Mark 10:46-52           A question to ponder for today and maybe for the week….what gives you hope?  What gives you hope?  I ask this question from the perspective that we are living in a time where we can make more of a difference than ever before, much […]

Spiritual Growth = Change

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20 Pentecost, Proper 23 – October 10, 2021 Mark 10:17-31           So, in our gospel today, “a man” ran up and knelt before Jesus. This man, perhaps thinking he has everything else—has the ultimate question for Jesus:  “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  Like Jesus did last week when the Pharisees […]

Bone of My Bones

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19 Pentecost, Proper 22 – October 3, 2021 Genesis 2:18-24 and Mark 10:2-16 Our readings this week pair a familiar portion of the creation story in Genesis with Jesus’s teaching on divorce in the Gospel of Mark.  The gospel brings up divorce and yet also, in the same narrative, talks about the little children coming to […]

Salted with Fire

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18 Pentecost, Proper 21 – September 26, 2021 Mark 9:38-50 So, this week let’s look at the similarity in our first reading from Numbers and the gospel that we just heard.  In our first reading the Lord “took some of the spirit that was on [Moses] and put it on the seventy elders; and when […]

“But Who Do You Say that I Am?”

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But Who Do You Say I Am?

16 Pentecost, Proper 19 – September 12, 2021 Mark 8:27-38           Today Jesus asks the question, ‘who do people say that I am’?  And Peter responds with “You are the Messiah”.  A perfect, A-plus answer, right? The whole gospel story in a nutshell, right? Wrong.  Or, at least, not quite.  Because after this, the story […]

Make a Feast out of Crumbs

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Make a feast out of crumbs

15 Pentecost, Proper 18 – September 5, 2021 Mark 7:24-37          We just heard two interesting stories about a child, someone’s daughter, and a deaf man — both were suffering from ailments that isolated them from society.  And the story of the Syrophoenician woman, the mother, is an unusual one, because Jesus insults this unnamed […]

Empty Your Cup

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Empty Your Cup

14 Pentecost, Proper 17 – August 29, 2021 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Sometimes our insight into Scripture can be enhanced by hearing a story from another source. In considering today’s Gospel, let’s look at the message through a Zen Buddhist story told about Nan-in, a teacher who was active a hundred years ago in Japan. […]

Choose Life

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Choose Jesus

Proper 16 – August 22, 2021 Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 and John 6:56-59           Today marks the end of John’s long discourse on the bread of life.  I have to admit that this year, after having just discovered that I am gluten intolerant, the concept of bread takes on whole new meaning. So, this year more […]

Eat, the Journey is Hard

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Eat, the Journey is Hard

11 Pentecost, Proper 14 -August 8, 2021 1 Kings 19:4-8 and John 6:35; 41-51           Jesus tell us “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”  We heard about […]