Sermons by Rev. Barbara Keast

“Looking at Jesus”

Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”  Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.  Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the…

“In Need of Repair”

Super glue – what would we do without it?  My family has a stash in a drawer in our kitchen, and pull it out pretty frequently.  Over the years we’ve had a lot of items in our home – from broken toys to knick-knacks on the windowsills – that have been patched back together to…

The Comfort of Peace

The dove – a symbol of peace for thousands of years in many different cultures.  From Genesis in the story of Noah’s Ark, to Jesus’ baptism when the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove – the dove has been a meaningful symbol.  And as we come together on this Second…

“How Does Your Vineyard Grow?”

[Jesus said] Listen to another parable.  There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower.  Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country.  When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect…

“Overcome”

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.  Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.  Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.  Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend…

“Finding Our Way”

“Jacob left Beer-sheba and went towards Haran.  He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set.  Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place.  And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on…

“We’re All In This Together”

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.  This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him.  You know him, because he abides with you, and…

“Not the End of the Story”

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.  And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away…

A Women’s Testimony

In the scriptural lead-up to today’s reading, Jesus, tired and thirsty from his journey, is sitting alone by a well. Someone comes to the well, and she’s not only female, she’s a Samaritan.  Instead of immediately getting up and leaving as a woman should do, she engages in conversation with Jesus. When he asks her…