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…

Snakes on a Plain

A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, California Numbers 21:4-9 John 3:14-17 Today our passages return us to the wandering in the wilderness. Specifically, this Numbers passage is the last, the final time, the Israelites complain in the wilderness. We’ve heard their complaints before. They complain about the bitter water (Exodus 15),…

Working and Waiting

A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, California February 7, 2021 Isaiah 40:21-31 Mark 1:29-39 I took a week of study leave at the end of January. It wasn’t my usual winter trip with other clergy women because of covid, but I still got away to a place where I could see…

The Voice of God

Here’s the statement I read at the beginning of the worship service, responding to the events in DC this week. A sermon preached at Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco 
by Rev. Marci Auld Glass Jan 10, 2021 Gen 1:1-5, Mark 1:1-11 Where do you begin your story? Matthew’s gospel begins Jesus’ story with a…