Sermon March-15-2020 - 3rd Sunday in Lent
"John 4 - The Samaritan woman at the well and the Living Water" Rev. James Dahlin
Dear St. Augustine’s Family,
The Vestry has formed a ‘Phone Tree’ and you should have received a phone call. We are going to use this to stay connected while we can’t meet in person for church. I hope each of you received a phone call from myself or another vestry member. If you did not, please email me with an updated phone number and other contact information!
I am looking into ways to LiveStream church next Sunday. Unfortunately, I don’t have things in place to do that this morning. I’m hoping to still do Morning Prayer by Conference Call this Tuesday and Thursday morning at 7 am. For today, I’m attaching my sermon. I hope it still edifies in written format!
God Bless you all during this time. Please continue to pray for our church community, our broader community, and the world!
Rev. Jim Dahlin
Sunday, Nov 3, 2019
"Money and the Kingdom of God" Rev. James Dahlin
A look at the story of Zacchaeus through the lens of the Exodus story and the economy of God.
Sunday, Oct 20, 2019
"Importance of Prayer" Rev. James Dahlin
We discuss the need for prayer and the different ways we can pray, learning from the parable of Luke 18:1-8 with the persistent widow and the unjust judge.
Sunday, Oct 13, 2019
"Worshipping God in the Beauty of Creation" Rev. James Dahlin
We worship God with our bodies in a particular place. Different places evoke different responses. Sometimes it’s nice to shake things up and try a new place.
Sunday, Oct 6, 2019
"Increase our Faith" Rev. James Dahlin
A fully embodied faith, including all of life’s ups and downs.
Sunday, September 29, 2019
"The rich man and Lazarus" Rev. James Dahlin
A reflection on ways we’re self-centered and ways we feel we’re not good enough and how to navigate the middle.
Sunday, September 22, 2019
"The Language of Greed" Rev. James Dahlin
How do we remain faithful to our faith while living in a land fluent in the language of greed?
Sunday, September 15, 2019
"How do you stay faithful" Rev. James Dahlin
In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus tells the parable of the 99 faithful sheep and seeking after the one who is lost. Oftentimes, we find ourselves among 99 who are lost. How do we stay faithful in the midst of people who live according to a different narrative? Answer: we receive formation among the 99 faithful and immerse ourselves in the Story of God.
Sunday, September 9, 2019
Whoever does not carry the cross cannot be my disciple. The cross is love. Love should never be burdensome. It was love that took Jesus to the cross. It was love that kept him on the cross.
August 18, 2019
Jesus says in today’s Gospel, “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” We’re getting close to the fire season in California and when people start mentioning fire, everyone gets twitchy and nervous. My husband and I did when the Oakland Hills fire of 1991 hit. We had to evacuate like everyone else, thousands of others but Thank God, the fire came only 25 feet from our house. We were luckier than many people in Santa Rosa or Paradise, CA.
We usually think of Jesus as the Prince of Peace – but here he says he is the Bringer of Fire and Division. The fire of the Holy Spirit which divides the wheat from the chaff – truth from lies, integrity from corruption, inclusion v. expulsion, love vs. hate. We need this fire today more than ever. Sometimes it seems like Nature is fighting hard to get our attention. Each year, she sends us hundred-year floods, high tides, tornadoes, fires, and droughts, hoping we’ll get the message. The trouble is that sometimes the task of solving the environmental crisis we’re in - just like the divisions and problems made by our current administration, seem too overwhelming – too big to handle by ourselves. And they are. Many of us saw and hear Bishop Michael Curry’s fabulous sermon at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Windsor chapel last year. He said: Someone once said that Jesus began the most revolutionary movement in human history. A movement grounded in the unconditional love of God for the world…”Then he quoted the Jesuit paleontologist and mystic, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: “Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides, and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.” But to harness that fire, each one of us needs to be fired by the Holy Spirit. Someone once said, “Christianity isn’t taught – it’s caught.” Jesus came to set us on fire – and then teach us how to be Fire Bringers. To set God’s world ablaze with His Love. This is the only way we can tackle the big problems that beset us – problems of the environment and those that threaten our Democracy. These things are way too big to tackle alone. Only as Fire Bringers can we do it together. It all starts with each one of us.
June 23, 2019
The Old Testament is full of drama and intrigue. This is especially true with the story of the Prophet Elijah, King Ahab and Queen Jazabell in the 19th chapter of 1st Kings. It is a story of the battle between good and evil, the true God and the false gods of false prophets. It is a story of wanting to give up after fighting for so long and God saying, "don't give up. The battle is not over. Get up and eat, otherwise, the journey will be too much for you". As we face the current battles whatever they might be, we need the food that only God can give that will prepare us for the journey ahead. The Old Testament is full of drama and intrigue. This is especially true with the story of the Prophet Elijah, King Ahab and Queen Jazabell in the 19th chapter of 1st Kings. It is a story of the battle between good and evil, the true God and the false gods of false prophets. It is a story of wanting to give up after fighting for so long and God saying, "don't give up. The battle is not over. Get up and eat, otherwise, the journey will be too much for you". As we face the current battles whatever they might be, we need the food that only God can give that will prepare us for the journey ahead.
June 2, 2019
We are faced with many challenges in life, most of all what we will stand for and believe in. We have to keep always our eyes on what is right and true. For us, "keeping our eyes on the prize" Our prize is Jesus. If we keep our eyes focused on Jesus and his calling on our lives we can face the challenges that confront us.
May 26, 2019
May 19, 2019
May 05, 2019
How is it that the Lord wants to use me?
The Readings for this Sunday from Acts 9:1-20 and the Gospel of John, 21:1-19, talk about how God used Paul and Peter to build the new Christian movement after the Resurrection of Jesus. He took two very "human" individuals who at first looked like they would be the last persons Jesus would choose to build the church and turned them into the two top leaders in all of early Christendom. The question is, will we let God use us in any way that God needs to extend the love and grace of Jesus? God can use you. Heed His call.
April 21, 2019
The Question Is
Two major significant events in the Christian year, Christmas and Easter. Christmas celebrates Jesus coming into the world and God's effort to reach us. Easter celebrates God giving us the opportunity for a new life, one free of sin and with the example of the life of Jesus to live by. Some say we couldn't have Easter without Christmas and that certainly is true. The question is, would Christmas have any real meaning without Easter? With Christmas, Jesus came into the world. With Easter, Jesus changed the world!
April 14, 2019
The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ According to Luke
No one knew the plan or the outcome. Not the disciples. Not his friends or family. Not the religious or political leadership. Only Jesus and God knew. Only Jesus and His Father knew that he would give his life for the redemption of humankind.
Sermon: April 7, 2019
"I'll Get To That"
Sermon: March 31, 2019
Jesus wants you to come home..
Sermon: March 30, 2019
A Tribute to Guy H. Williams
Sermon: March 24, 2019
What does God have to do to get our attention...
Sermon: March 17, 2019
Overcoming fear at a time of adversity...
Abram, the patriarch of the three great world religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, was an example of how God responds to those who trust and obey him.
Sermon: March 4, 2019
A change is gonna come.
As Jesus was transfigured and spoke to the Elders on the mountain top, he was prepared for the most important part of his journey. His father said, "listen to him". As we move forward in the Lenten season, let us pay close attention to Jesus' words so that we know the steps we need to take to be true followers of our Lord.
Sermon: February 24, 2019
God has a way of interrupting us.
So it was not you who sent me here but God!
Sermon: February 17, 2019
What God asks of you.
Jesus calls us to live into a new attitude of being in relationship to God. A life based on hope, respect, and remembrance of that which is good.
Sermon: February 10, 2019
A discussion of Paul's essential statement of the Christian faith and grace from 1 Corinthians 15:1-11.
It would be easy to overlook the importance of Paul's message in his transitional section of 1 Corinthians 15:1-11. It is, however, the earliest written record of the core Christian belief that Christ died for our sins and that together with his resurrection, constitutes the foundation of our faith. Paul explains the humility of his own apostolic ministry by claiming that "I am what I am by grace."
February 3, 2019
I will thank you because I am marvelously made - Feb 2, 2019
We should not limit God and we should not let others limit God's power in us. Because God made us all, we are all marvelously made.
December 30, 2018,
Breaking Through The Darkness To Bring Us Into The Light - Dec 30, 2018
When we are separated from God, we live in darkness. Jesus coming into the world broke through that darkness so that we might see and experience once and for all what living in the light really means. The light brings hope and the power to change. It is up to us to embrace the light. Click to hear Sermon
December 25, 2018, Christmas Day:
With God, all things are possible
The season of Advent asked the question "How can this be? The Christmas response is "with God, all things are possible." Like Joseph, Mary, the Shepards, and the three Wise Men say "yes" to God. In your life say "yes" to God as God says "yes" to wanting to be with us. Click to hear Sermon
The Rev. Dr. Kwasi A. Thornell
December 9, 2018, Sunday
"Where are the words of comfort that will give us peace this Christmas season?" Lay your burdens down. Click to hear Sermon
Romans 13:11—12 November 27, 2016
Today is the first Sunday of Advent. It is a time when we as a faith community look to the future. However, Advent always causes me to think about the Holy Land, the place where Jesus was born, and the place where he would become known as the Messiah. Last January I was in the Holy Land, as part of a group of 12 students from my seminary. We traveled through Jordan, Israel, Read more...
Letter from Fr. Thornell OCTOBER 7. 2016
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I am deeply sorry for not being able to share in the fellowship of the St. Augustine’s family this morning. Although I am not in the hospital, I am experiencing neck and back pain that has prevented me from being there. Hopefully, after my surgery tomorrow morning, I will be ok and be able to enjoy being with you again soon. Read more...
The Rev. Dr. Kwasi A. Thornell September 8, 2016
St. Paul is again in his letter to the Ephesians community, writing about how to create the new community as people of faith and followers of Christ. He is saying to them that they most envision a world that is created in the image of what Christ would want the Christian community to become. Read more...
Easter Message March 27, 2015
St. Augustine’s Easter
This story never ceases to amaze me. Why is it that we believe this story? Really? Why is it that thousands upon thousands of people, from one end of the earth to the other, north, south, east and west, in every country, town, city, rural village, there are countless believers of this story about the risen Lord, the Lord who got up. And, and, it has been this way for over two thousand years. This blessed event when God’s love story for humankind crescendos into a triumphant symphonic explosion of power of the Almighty! Read more...
December 12, 2015
Sisters and Brothers, Seasons Greetings!
I wanted to take this opportunity to write you a short message as we celebrate together Christmas and look forward to the New Year. As we all know, the year 2015 was a challenging year for St. Augustine’s However, Read more...