Sermons by Vicar Bethany Ulrich (Page 3)

Sermons by Vicar Bethany Ulrich (Page 3)

Second Sunday in Lent

We’ve all heard it a million times: “Oh, it’s just my cross to bear.” This phrase repeated often and used to express a kind of powerlessness in our suffering completely misses the point of the original context, which comes in our gospel text today. Yes, Jesus urges his followers to take up their cross, but the complete phrase spoken by Jesus in Mark is: “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” When we look at the whole phrase, we remember that Jesus offers an invitation to not just an action, but to a whole way of life, to a path to follow…

Transfiguration of Our Lord

“Perhaps you have a teacher or (God forbid!) a preacher that as much as you listen to them you just don’t understand? Well, you are not alone. In our gospel passage today, the disciples hear a booming voice from above and it is not the first time. You may remember back to Jesus’ baptism, there is also a booming voice from above declaring “You are my son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” The voices connect these passages, connect these moments of revelation and epiphany about who Jesus is…”

Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

Our passage this morning tells us of one of the first public acts of Jesus’ ministry, in the Gospel of Mark. This scene in the synagogue may be the first time many people were hearing his teachings about love and were wondering: can this guy be trusted? Will he practice what he preaches?…