Sermons by Sherry Deets

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

No Bones are too Dry

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No Bones are too Dry

5 Lent – March 29, 2020 John 11:1-45   This past Monday brought with it additional restrictions on how we live our lives – a shelter in place order.  So, I think it’s fair to say that, at this point, most all of us have had our lives dramatically changed.  And not by choice. So, […]

Vision

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Vision

4 Lent – March 22, 2020 John 9:1-41           So, wow! Lots of changes in our world right now and it may be, for many of us, a scary time. Especially if you are sick or are not able to earn an income right now. My own household is affected, because as many of you […]

God comes in the Darkness

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God comes in the Dark

1 Advent – December 3, 2017 Mark 13:24-37 It’s Advent! A new church season. The season before Christmas. “And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.” Keep awake is what we hear in our gospel passage this morning, and this passage is not an easy start to the season. These words […]

God Surprises Us

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God Surprises Us

Last Sunday after Pentecost, Christ the King – November 26, 2017 Matthew 25:31-46 This is Christ the King Sunday on our church calendar. The last Sunday in Year A. And we’re given a challenging gospel — it is one that stretches us. Jesus is separating people as sheep from the goats. He speaks of those […]

Be the Light

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Be the Light

23 Pentecost, Proper 27 – November 12, 2017 Matthew 25:1-13 The phrase….hurry up and wait. Tom Petty’s song…The Waiting is the Hardest Part are things that come to the mind with the parable of the bridesmaids. In her commentary on Working Preacher, Dr. Susan Hylen offers a really helpful insight: “the point of the parable […]

Whispers

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Whispers

All Saints’ Sunday – November 5, 2017 Matthew 5:1-12 Today we are celebrating All Saints’ Sunday….the Feast of All Saints’ actually occurs on November 1 and is part of three holy days which begin with Halloween. Hallow means holy and Halloween is a contraction of All Hallow’s Eve. On Halloween, we are said to face […]

All of us

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All of us

17 Pentecost, Proper 21 – October 1, 2017 Matthew 21: 23-32 Authority is the question of the day – the question raised in our gospel story. We live in a time when authority is rightly questioned. And this is not new, according to this passage from Matthew. To some extent those in power had every […]

What motivates you?

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What motivates you?

16 Pentecost, Proper 20 – September 24, 2017 Matthew 20:1-16 Be honest. When you heard our gospel reading just now, did your heart leap for joy? Were you excited when you heard that the workers who’d toiled and slaved all day long in the hot sun were going to get the same day’s wages as […]

“In the Light of Eternity”

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"In the Light of Eternity"

13 Pentecost, Proper 17 – September 3, 2017 Matthew 16:21-28 Last Sunday we heard Jesus saying to Peter, you’re “the rock on which I will build my church” and this Sunday he’s calling him “a stumbling block.” That’s not just great word play – from cornerstone to stumbling block – but such a reversal of […]

Racism

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Racism

11 Pentecost, Proper 15 – August 20, 2017 Matthew 15:10-28 Evil. We don’t often speak about evil, but this has been a sad and painful week. The horrifying events in Charlottesville have played out in the news, and on social media, and the only reason I can understand how we are so caught up in […]