Sheep Without a Shepherd

A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, California July 18, 2021 Jeremiah 23:1-6 Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 The Lectionary cycle this year has given us lots of bible stories about sheep and shepherds. I was going to say “more stories than we wanted” about sheep and shepherds, but then it occurred to me…

Facing Giants

A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, CA June 20, 2021 1 Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49, Mark 4:35-41 I recognize myself in this David and Goliath story. And I am not David. I know I am supposed to like this story. It shows David being faithful and courageous, trusting that God…

Underdog

A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, CA June 13, 2021 1st Samuel 15:34 to 16:13 Who do you cheer for in sports? Other than one’s hometown teams, obviously. When you fill out your bracket for the NCAA basketball tournament, are you more likely to pick number one seeds, or the 16…

Ascension Deficit Disorder

A sermon preached by Rev. Marci Glass at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, CA May 15 Ephesians 1:15-23, Acts 1:1-11 This past Thursday was the day the church celebrates the Ascension, which is the 40th day after Easter, when we commemorate the Ascension of Christ into Heaven. And I know that we live in…

Bold Sheep

A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, California April 25, 2021 Acts 4:5-13 John 10:11-18 The day before our story in Acts begins, Peter and John were walking into the Temple in Jerusalem and a lame beggar, who had sat at the gate every day for years, asked them for a handout.…

After the Ending, a New Thing

A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, California April 4, 2021 Mark 16:1-8 Isaiah 43:14-21 Mark’s account of Easter morning is noticeably different than the other 3 gospels. Jesus makes zero resurrection appearances here. He isn’t mistaken for the gardener, as he is in John’s gospel. He doesn’t walk on the road…

Beloved Disciple

A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, California John 20:1-18 April 4, 2021 (service begins 25 minutes in, after the gorgeous prelude) In this gospel account, Mary Magdalene is the first person to the tomb of Jesus on Easter morning. That’s the same in all 4 gospels—women are the first witnesses to…