Sermons by The Rev. Pam Jester

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Nicodemus and the Lenten Journey


Welcome to the second Sunday in Lent. As I was reflecting on the spiritual journey that is at the heart of Lent and reading through many email messages that include Lenten reflections, I remembered something I heard several years ago. In an interview, Anne Lamott, Bay Area writer, told a story about herself. Some of […]

Standing Up to Fear


What’s goin’ on? Those of you who were here last Sunday will recognize the question as one posed by Rev. Katherine in her brilliant sermon. She extended the discussion Fr. Justin started on Martin Luther King Day and showed us that, like Dr. King, Marvin Gaye expressed the hopes and fears of a generation and […]

Turning to the Light


For only the fourth time since 1900, Christmas Eve and the first night of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, fall on the same day. Tonight, we have the unique opportunity to acknowledge our ancestors in faith as well as to celebrate the nativity of Jesus. The eight-day Festival of Lights begins at the same […]

Christ the King Sunday


Welcome to Christ the King Sunday, known to some as the Reign of Christ Sunday, the last Sunday before Advent. Today allows us to reflect on what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ and what we expect from a leader. And, while there are readings assigned to today, we have the opportunity […]

Humility in Our Political Lives


Is anyone here, besides me, looking forward to the end of this election season? I have always been fully engaged in the political process because I see it as the way in which we, the people, decide how we live together. In this great ongoing experiment we call democracy, we address big questions, such as […]

That’s Not The Way We Do Things Here


Have you ever been in a situation in which you did something that you thought was perfectly reasonable only to be told by some authority figure that “that isn’t the way do that here?” This has probably happened to all of us at some time or another. It usually happens when we are new to […]

Passionate for Justice

As we begin a new week, we look back on two more episodes of senseless violence and loss of life, in France and, just this morning, in Baton Rouge and our hearts are heavy. We also look back on the purposeful reflection that many in this country have undertaken after the shootings of the previous […]

Come Out, Christians All

Change, and the consequences of change, is a theme that permeates today’s readings. In the story of Elisha’s succession of Elijah, the advice Paul sends to the Galatians and the enigmatic comments of Jesus, we encounter the different ways in which lives are transformed. These stories are particularly appropriate on a day that we now […]

Mothers Day 2016

Good morning, mothers, grandmothers and mothers-in-law, adoptive mothers, birth mothers, step-mothers, foster mothers, and all the many ways women are mother. Happy Mothers’ Day. Mothers are all about relationship, especially that very special and fragile and robust relationship between a woman and a child, no matter how the child comes into her life. These relationships […]