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Garrett Yates

17 Podcast Episodes

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Epiphany 1 – Garrett Yates (1/10/20)

Sermons from St. Anne's in-the-Fields

“It was a strange and disorienting week. One full of grief, and bewilderment, and anger, and fear….legitimate fear. The capital was stormed; lives were lost; there was mayhem and sedition, and the leader of our country was worse than silent. We thought we were leaving the craziness behind in 2020, but the first days of 2021 haven’t been very sane.One of the beauties of gathering each week, in God’s company, is that our weeks are always brought into another context. Today, with our gospel reading, we are brought to the sandy banks of the Jordan River. Mark makes it a point to say that there were a lot of people there: “And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him.” It’s Mark’s way of saying, everyone was there. Everyone you know, your whole neighborhood, your whole street….they are there. We are there, too.”Lectionary Readings:Genesis 1:1-5Acts 19:1-7Mark 1:4-11Psalm 29

19 Jan 2021

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Advent 3 – Garrett Yates (12/13/20)

Sermons from St. Anne's in-the-Fields

“Among you stands one you do not know.Those were John the Baptist’s words as recorded in John 1:26. Of course, at that time it was literally true that a quiet carpenter’s son from the backwaters of the Roman Empire was rubbing shoulders with lots of people—including the crowds that jostled together at the banks of the Jordan River—but no one had a clue that this unimpressive-looking man was The One, The Word of God, The Logos by whom all things were created, and now made flesh. Sometimes I think that Jesus had a big halo, or a big spotlight on him, or a green arrow pointing down saying “Here is the Messiah.” There wasn’t.”Lectionary ReadingsIsaiah 61:1-4, 8-111 Thessalonians 5:16-24John 1:6-8,19-28

7 Jan 2021

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Advent 2 – Garrett Yates (12/6/20)

Sermons from St. Anne's in-the-Fields

“The sermon for this morning emerged while I was sitting in a waiting room. And the inspiration for the idea came from the thought: waiting rooms are kind of awkward, and there isn’t a whole to do. There are, I counted, 7 things you can do. You can consider picking up one of those old celebrity magazines on the coffee table. You can decide to count how many flowers are in the arrangement on the receptionist’s desk…”Lectionary Readings:Isaiah 40:1-11Psalm 85:1-2, 8-132 Peter 3:8-15aMark 1:1-8

7 Jan 2021

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Pentecost 24 — Garrett Yates (11/15/20)

Sermons from St. Anne's in-the-Fields

“If you’re having a bad day, reading the poetry of Emily Dickinson may not be the best idea. The Belle of Amherst lived a lot of her life in isolation and was believed to suffer from severe anxiety. Her poetry is not an ode to joy but more like an ode to truth, to the way life really is sometimes. At one point, she wrote, “I lived on dread.” At another time, she said, “Because I could not stop for Death – He kindly stopped for me.” For Dickinson, life isn’t really about upholding morality, but it is about mortality, death and life, life and death. This is so much a part of her psyche that she says something I would have never imagined. She says, “I felt a funeral, in my brain.” Wasn’t I right that this is not early morning reading? She’s so mortal and understands our human limitations; that’s why I’m attracted to her work.”Lectionary Readings:Judges 4:1-7Psalm 123 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11Matthew 25:14-30

4 Dec 2020

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All Saints — Garrett Yates (11/1/20)

Sermons from St. Anne's in-the-Fields

“There’s a story that during the 1948 Texas US Senate race, a group of campaign workers for Lyndon Baines Johnson found support from some new voters – who were already dead. Johnson and his aides were out one night, illegally registering voters in a cemetery, when they came upon a worn tombstone, moss had grown up around the grave; the name was barely readable. The worker at the stone took a quick look and then moved on to the next. The leader of the expedition called out: “No, no, no, go back and register that person. He has as much right to vote as anyone else in this cemetery!”Christians believe in the communion of the Saints, a belief that says the dead who are now with God have a right to vote. Or rather they cast their vote with the way they lived. They have cast their lot with God, and in the lives of the saints we know the love of God more clearly.”Lectionary Readings:Revelation 7:9-177Psalm 34:1-10, 221 John 3:1-3Matthew 5:1-12

17 Nov 2020

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Pentecost 21 - Garrett Yates (10/25/20)

Sermons from St. Anne's in-the-Fields

“Love God with all your heart soul and mind. And love your neighbor as yourself. On these hang all the law and the prophets.The Pharisees come at Jesus with a question about which commandment is the greatest. They are trying to trap Jesus. It’s actually a lawyer that asks the nitpicky question. It’s interesting to note that at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry he had 3 temptations put to him by the devil. Now a few days before his execution, at the end of Matthew’s gospel, in the last 3 weeks of readings, he has 3 tests offered by the religious authorities.”Lectionary Readings:Deuteronomy 34:1-12Psalm 90:1-6, 13-171 Thessalonians 2:1-8Matthew 22:34-46

30 Oct 2020

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Advent 1 - Garrett Yates (12/1/19)

Sermons from St. Anne's in-the-Fields

“When we talk about what we love about church—this church—we talk about our music program, we talk about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for our children, or maybe about the simple elegance of the worship space and the way the light comes in. Each of these things might stick out to us, but of course it’s not these things we are drawn to, but what comes through them, what meets us in this space. We come here in search of peace, and we often find it. We come to church in search of Isaiah 2. We do not, it turns out, come to church in search of Matthew 24. That’s a weird gospel. ‘Keep awake, therefore; for you do not know what day your Lord is coming.’ I know it’s your favorite doctrine: the Second Coming of Christ.” Garrett preaches on the first Sunday of Advent.Lectionary Readings:Isaiah 2:1-5Romans 13:11-14Matthew 24:36-44Psalm 122

1 Dec 2019

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The Epiphany Sunday, January 6, 2019 - The Rev. Garrett Yates

St. Paul's Episcopal Church Sermons

How can we replicate the enthusiasm of the three kings and maintain hope in this new season of worship?

57mins

6 Jan 2019

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Easter Vigil - The Rev. Garrett Yates

St. Paul's Episcopal Church Sermons

Did Jesus laugh?

23mins

31 Mar 2018

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The Fifth Sunday of Lent - The Rev. Garrett Yates

St. Paul's Episcopal Church Sermons

"Jesus calls us to dance"

28mins

18 Mar 2018

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