Selected sermons

From time to time, we post sermons or other writings by the Rector. Be sure to let Fr. Adam know if there’s a particular sermon of his that you’d like to see posted here. You can also browse through our archive of sermons or listen to audio recordings of selected sermons.

The sermons below were written and delivered by Fr. Adam.

Christ Became A Curse For Us
20 March 2016

Love Bears All Things
31 January 2016

Progress in Prayer
January 2016

Get Out There and Do Something
December 2015

No Cross Is So Extreme As To Have None
13 September 2015

Still Seeing Jesus
4 October 2015

A Teaching on Sin, With the Help of Holy Scripture, Julian of Norwich, and C.S. Lewis
Ash Wednesday 2015

Warn the Children of God of the Terrible Speed of Mercy
October 2014

The Merchant and The Pearl
27 July 2014

What Do We Mean When We Say “Resurrection?”
April 2014

S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-D
24 February 2014

The Taste For Heaven
April 2013

Reading Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics
March 2013

“The Life That Really Is Life”
February 2013

“Taking Our Life in Our Hands”
Maundy Thursday 2012

“What We’re About”
December 2011

“He Was Up By Break of Day”
Easter 2011

“Seeing What’s There”
April 2011

“Breathe on Us, Breath of God”
March 2011

“Cultivations” Parish Newsletter Series (PDF)
Published in our newsletter Feb-Nov 2011

“But We See Jesus”
October 2009
Father Adam’s Inaugural Sermon as
Rector of Church of the Holy Spirit

“The Game Is Up”
March 2009

“The Benefit of Knowing That We Are Sinners”
September 2007

“Which Adam?”
June 2005

“From The East Gate”
August 1996

Recent Posts

Announcements February 24 – March 2

PLEASE NOTE:  On March 3, our Saturday service will move to 5 pm until November 3.  Daylight Savings:  2 am on Sunday, March 11,  remember to “Spring forward”.

Sunday, February 25:  Adult Education – 9 am in the Fireplace Room. Come join an ongoing study group which meets Sundays at 9 am in the Fireplace Room. All are welcome.

Sunday, February 25: Book Discussion Group – After the 10 am service in the Fireplace Room. We will begin reading “All Shall be Well,” the introduction, Thomas Merton and Joan Chittister. Brian and Brooke Skea

Wednesday, February 28:  Wednesday Lenten Supper & Session – February 28, March 7, 14, and 21. There is a sign-up sheet in the Reception Room for the Wednesday Lenten Supper & Session. Please sign-up to bring Soup or Bread. Thanks!  Continuing on Wednesday, February 28, we will gather at 5:30 pm in the Parish Hall, and share a soup-and-bread supper. Our discussion and reflection session will begin at 5:45 pm and finish by 6:45 pm. We will read from one edition:  The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan, Edited with Introduction and Notes by Roger Pooley, Penguin Classics; ISBN-13: 9780141439716; 2008/2009. This second session will cover  pages 43 – 71.

Thursday, March 1:  Ladies Luncheon – Our March meeting is also on the first; March 1st.  Come join us.  Bring a sandwich to share and the rest is provided.  Our committee for March is: Chips, Ginny Lucil; Paper Goods, Pat Carroll; Lemon and Half & Half, Jane Affleck; Table Decorations, Lori Linton; Juice, Marg Farrell.  Dessert will be our favorite decadent standby. We need to look for a sale!

Sunday, March 4:  Youth Group Brunch – After the 10 am service, in the Parish Hall.  Please come and enjoy a DELICIOUS brunch hosted and served by the Youth Group.

Saturday, March 10:  LENTEN QUIET DAY – LIVING IN THE WILDERNESS – A time for quiet reflection and self-discovery from 9:30 am to 2 pm, right here at Church of the Holy Spirit and led by the Rev. Gail Smith and the Rev. Anne Koehler.  Bring a brown bag lunch. Please let us know if you plan to attend.  There is a sign-up sheet in the Reception Room, or call or email the church office.

Altar Flowers:  In the Reception Room you will find a NEW SIGN UP SHEET where you can choose which Sunday(s) you would like to donate flowers for the altars of CHS. Please fill out an Altar Flowers request card. You may choose to do this to remember someone or perhaps to celebrate a special anniversary or birthday. For a donation of fifty dollars the Flower Guild will purchase and arrange flowers, and the name(s) of the loved ones being honored will be noted in the service bulletins of the weekend services of the chosen date.

CHS Artist:  This month Helen Richardson and Sharyn Laughton are sharing/filling the gallery with LOVE! Helen is director of the Prayer Shawl Ministry.  The work of Helen and many other knitters will be on display. Take a shawl off of the display board and give to a friend who is at home, a hospital, or a nursing home and who needs our love.  Please remember to sign out your chosen prayer shawl with the office. Sharyn Laughton will also be displaying and selling felt hearts and cards from her lovely Art Offerings…more love to share! Enjoy the show. Questions? Contact Sharyn Laughton – artoff@comcast.net – 508 255 7277.

FREE SHOP:  The shop is gladly and gratefully accepting winter clothing and paper shopping bags. We are open Monday: 12 Noon to 3 pm and Wednesday: 10 am to 1 pm. Donations can be dropped off during shop hours or placed in the box outside the shop door any time the parish hall is open. Questions? Call Sharyn Laughton or email: artoff@comcast.net.

GALLEY WEST GIFT SHOP:  The shop is open to the public on Sundays from 11:15 am to 12 Noon and on Mondays from 10 am to 1 pm, except on Holidays. New: Janet Winter’s ready to frame water colors for children’s rooms! You know her work, you know her talent! Share with your friends and family. Please stop by, browse, and shop for yourself, family, and friends. Susan Owens

HEALTH MINISTRIES COMMITTEE:  February is Heart Health Month. Stop by the Health Ministries tables this month to pick up material that answer questions and includes information  on heart healthy living, warning signs, support groups and even a heart healthy recipe or two!  Handouts will be available during coffee hour following the 10 am service and on the Reception Desk. Ann Pike-Paris

MEN’S LUNCH:  We will NOT meet in February and March.  Our next meeting will be April 18 at 12 Noon, in the Fireplace Room. Questions? Call Bruce Lederhouse at 508-240-2853.

PASTORAL CARE:  Please help us to provide pastoral care by sending an email to: pastoralcare@chsorleans.org about anyone in the parish who has gone to a hospital or nursing home, or who has suffered any major loss or life changing circumstance. If YOU are taken to the hospital please inform the staff there, that you want your home parish to be informed.  Volunteers needed to visit people once a month. Please let me know, by this email or my personal one below. If you are already visiting someone; please let me know who they are and how they’re doing. Celia Calhoun, Coordinator (ccalhouncape@comcast.net)

Prayer Shawls:  Welcomed, needed at so many stressful times.  And such good projects during these wintery, often shut-in days. Knit or crocheted; all happily accepted, blessed, distributed where needed.  Thanks to all who help in this ministry. Questions or instructions needed? Please let me know. Helen Richardson

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: Friday, March 2 at 1 pm at the CHURCH OF THE TRANSFIGURATION,  ROCK  HARBOR, ORLEANS. This is a prayer service for all to attend, but the focus is on women’s leadership. It will incorporate music, prayers, stories from the Woman of Suriname and a talk on the what is happening in Haiti. Questions? Call Jean Collins 508-345-7356.