Sunday Sermons from San Francisco's Grace Cathedral, home to a community where the best of Episcopal tradition courageously embraces innovation and open-minded conversation. At Grace Cathedral, inclusion is expected and people of all faiths are welcomed. The cathedral itself, a renowned San Francisco landmark, serves as a magnet where diverse people gather to worship, celebrate, seek solace, converse and learn.
The Very Rev. Malcolm Clemens Young, ThD
“A capable wife who can find?... She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue” (Prov. 31).
The Very Rev. Malcolm Clemens Young, ThD
Why We Require Vaccines
The Rev. Mary Carter Greene
The Rev. Anna Rossi
To the bath and to the table, to the prayers and to the word, God calls every seeking soul. This is the English translation of an inscription found on the bell of a Danish Lutheran church in the Upper Midwest. The church was the site of important liturgical movements that place baptism at the center of a Christian life. Every seeking soul, without exception, is called beloved by God. Through the waters of baptism, the prayers of the community, the living word proclaimed in our lives, the nourishment of Communion, we can be signs of the love that calls us.
The Rev. Canon Mark E. Stanger
The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm C. Young
“Do not get drunk with wine… but be filled with the spirit” (Ephesians 5).
This morning I am going to teach you how to meditate, or at least how I meditate. But first I want to point out something that you may have already noticed. On the corner of Arguello and Jackson you will find a stop sign with magical properties. Under certain circumstances it becomes invisible. Even though I am well aware of this phenomenon, I have run straight through the intersection without stopping twice. I’ve seen many other people do the same thing. It’s not hidden, or smaller, or less red or octagonal than other stop signs, but something about that intersection makes it hard to notice.
We never come close to really seeing what is in our field of vision. You realize this riding a bicycle around San Francisco. You can be in the very middle of an intersection and discover that a driver doesn’t even see you. My brother bought me a red helmet and a red jacket. I couldn’t believe what a big boost this gave to my visibility.
I believe that our experience of God is a little like this. For the most faithful believers and the most ardent atheists, God is in our field of vision or rather in the range of what we experience and yet most often we don’t notice. We are absorbed by inner dramas, daydreams about what we are going to do next, or thoughts about other people, regrets about the past, fear about the future, politics, etc. So we just don’t see God.
The purpose of this striking Cathedral, with these majestic columns and the light filtering through these arresting stained glass windows and the extraordinary music, is getting us to notice God who is with us not just at this moment but at all times.
I do not know why God chooses to appear in this way to us. I do not know why this seems pretty much like the nature of reality for human beings. I can’t really imagine what any other existence would be like. Many people I know have had the experience of God’s brightness being so obvious that they couldn’t help but notice. And many of the same people have had times when they were desperate to recognize God but couldn’t find anything Holy.
Meditation helps me to really experience God’s companionship throughout each day. It helps me to be less at the mercy of my fantasies and worries, and more present in what is really happening.
Great to have this archive of sermons
I love having access to this sermon archive and listening to sermons I have missed or want to relive. I can not stress enough how worthwhile it is to listen to Alan Jones's past sermons. Even with 2 years since he retired they are so powerful and insightful.
I live in LA and visit Grace Cathedral every time we are in the City. So glad to have access to these inspiring sermons!!! I listen in the car on the way to work every morning and it always helps me start my day with gratitude. Thank you!!!!
Inspiration available at any time!
The May 26 sermon is labeled as being that of Jane Shaw; however the speaker is not Jane Shaw. Great sermon from whom?