October 29 – So What? – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

Many of us gathered last Saturday afternoon for the official opening of our beautiful St. Stephen’s labyrinth.  And as Gary Sullivan recently posted on Face book, already it is being recognized as a spiritually-enriching gift to our community.  Laurel Mathewson, a curate at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in San Diego tells a labyrinth story that…

Aug. 13, 2017 – Doing Faith – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

Where do God’s story and our story intersect?  Our more evangelical brothers and sisters might ask?  Is there a word from the Lord this morning?  How discipleship is lived out in our lives is that place where God’s story and our story meet.  It is a place full of meaning and hope. The Bible teaches…

August 6 – The Messiah is Among You – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

Matthew, Mark, and Luke all tell the story of the Transfiguration.  It is a very important event for the Christian community, so let’s spend a few minutes wondering why.  Equally important, what message does it hold for those of us here this morning. It’s a fantastic story – full of incredible images. It seems like…

July 30 – Pretty Good Marching Orders – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Amen. How many times have I turned…

April 23 – Seeing with New Eyes – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

Draw your Church together, O God, into one great company of disciples together following our Lord Jesus Christ into every walk of life, together serving him in his mission to the world, and together witnessing to his love on every continent and island.  Amen.   This sermon was inspired by a recent conversation I had…

March 26 – A Song of Irrepressible Optimism – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

The earliest ancestors of the Hebrew people who gave us the Bible were nomads, owning no property, bound to no one location but traveling with their flocks and herds wherever there was pastureland for the animals to graze on.  Sometimes this involved a journey of a few miles; sometimes it meant longer trips from drought-plagued…