Second Acts

A sermon preached by  Rev. Marci Auld Glass at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, CA May 8 2022 Acts 9:1-19 Second act stories are interesting to me.  Especially when the second act seems so different from the first.   Maybe some of you are in the careers you planned to be in from the…

The Other Side of Easter

A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, CA May 1 2022 John 21:1-19 Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! That was our refrain two weeks ago. It is our refrain today.  How are our lives different today because of that news? What does it mean for us to stand and say,…

Hope Believed

An Easter sermon from Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, California. April 17, 2022 Luke 24:1-12 The gospel writers don’t agree about every detail as they tell the story of Jesus. Joann mentioned that Thursday when talking about the accounts of the night Jesus was betrayed. One thing all four gospel writers record is that…

Good Friday Meditation

A Good Friday Meditation from Calvary Presbyterian Church San Francisco, CA Psalm 130 John 18 and 19 On Maundy Thursday, we heard of the new commandment Jesus gave to his disciples as he fed them and washed their feet as a servant would. “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just…

You are Worthy (of not always producing)

A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, California March 20, 2022 Luke 13:1-9 Isaiah 55:1-11 Jesus’ followers want him to answer the questions we always want God to answer for us too—why do bad things happen to good people?  Let us recognize that Jesus, the ultimate “good people” is on his way…

Under God’s Wing

Luke 13:31-35 Psalm 27 A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, California March 13, 2022 In the section immediately preceding our story from Luke this morning, Jesus has been causing a ruckus. He has healed on the Sabbath, and then shamed his critics with his response to healing on the Sabbath. Shamed critics…

Flipping the Narrative

An Ash Wednesday sermon preached March 2, 2022 at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, CA Isaiah 58:1-12 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 Twenty First Century America has an odd relationship with death. On the one hand, we sort of accept needless death as par for the course—look at our response to covid with almost one million…

The Difficult Signs

A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, California February 13, 2022 John 6:25-40, 60-69 We use figurative language all the time that is never meant to be heard literally. Like “I’m drowning in work right now”. If I were to say that, people might challenge me on my work life boundaries, but…

Unless y’all see signs and wonders….

A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, CA February 6 2022 John 4:46-54 A few weeks back, Jesus was turning water into wine in Cana of Galilee. Today, we’re back in that town down the road from Nazareth. A royal official from Capernaum, which was a town on the northwestern shore of…