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May 13, 2019 Sermon

Here’s my sermon from the Fourth Sunday after Easter, on sheep, Jesus as the Messiah, and trusting God’s love for us:

190513 Sermon – Rev. Elsa Marty – Trusting Not Trying

Text: John 10:22-30

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May 6, 2019 Sermon

Here’s my sermon from the Third Sunday after Easter, on Jesus healing Peter and us also:

190506 Sermon – Rev. Elsa Marty – God’s Gift to Us

Text: John 21:1-19

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April 28, 2019 Sermon

Here’s my sermon from the Second Sunday after Easter, on faith, doubt, and new life in Christ:

190428 Sermon – Rev. Elsa Marty – Lord I Believe, Help Thou My Unbelief

Text: John 20:19-31

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Songs for Eastertide 2019

This is a place for our Song Leaders, as well as congregants, and anyone else who’s interested, to learn the songs we sing at St. Lydia’s. 

Happy Easter! Christ is risen indeed, Alleluia! We’ve got lots of Alleluias this season. Click the linked song titles to hear the recording, and bookmark this page so that you can check in to listen to the pieces and practice.


1) Gathering Song

Kiev Alleluia


2) Candle Lighting Song

The Lord is My Light,” Lillian Bouknight

The Lord is My Light and My Salvation (not to be confused with other songs we sing using the first half of that sentence).


3) Eucharistic Prayer Setting

Festive Table Acclamation,” Paul Vasile


4) Prayer Song

Song Leader’s Choice.  A selection of songs may be found here.


5) Song at the Offering

Duncan Alleluia


6) Closing Hymn

April 28 – May 13
Now the Green Blade Rises,“ French Carol


May 19 – June 3
Jesus Christ is Risen Today





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April 20, 2019 Sermon

Here’s my sermon from the Easter Vigil. Alleluia! Christ is risen!

190420 Sermon – Rev. Elsa Marty – This Is the Night!

Text: John 20:1-18

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April 15, 2019 Sermon

My sermon this week invites us to enter into Holy Week with Jesus, as he enters into the holy city of Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

190415 Sermon – Rev. Elsa Marty – Beginning Holy Week

Text: Luke 19:28-40

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April 7, 2019 Sermon

My sermon this week is about Mary anointing the feet of Jesus, and the overwhelming fragrance of God’s forgiveness poured out for us.

190407 Sermon – Rev. Elsa Marty – The Fragrance of Forgiveness

Text: John 12:1-8

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April 1, 2019 Sermon

My sermon this week is about how God’s love is prodigal: foolish and extravagant.

190401 Sermon – Rev. Elsa Marty – God’s Extravagant Love

Text: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

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March 24, 2019 Sermon

My sermon this week calls us to confess the ways we seek to cut down and punish others, instead of to nurture. But thankfully God is a different kind of gardener, who gets his hands dirty and nourishes us with the love and forgiveness of Jesus the Christ, so that we can bear good fruit!

190324 Sermon – Rev. Elsa Marty – God Gets His Hands Dirty

Text: Luke 13:1-9

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March 17, 2019 Sermon

My sermon this week calls us to confess the ways we try to live on our own, without God. But the truth is that we are always surrounded by God’s love, even when we fail to see it.

190317 Sermon – Rev. Elsa Marty – Surrounded by God’s Love

Text: Luke 13:31-35

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