Susanna E. Metz

Rector, St. John the Baptist Church, Battle Creek, TN, Diocese of East Tennessee (2007—present)
Assistant Professor, School of Theology, Sewanee, TN (2001—present)

B. Mus. (1972) & B.A., Theology (1980), Immaculata College, Immaculata, PA
M. Ed., Elementary Education, West Chester University, West Chester, PA (1982)
M. Div. (1996) & D. Min. (2003), School of Theology, Sewanee, TN

Deacon, Diocese of East Tennessee (1996)
Priest, Diocese of East Tennessee (1997)

Sermons and Bible Studies

Fear of the Dark, Lent 4 (B) – 2012

March 18, 2012

When you were a child, were you ever afraid of the dark? Did you imagine all sorts of scary things living in the dark of your closet or under your bed? Did a night-light give you that little bit of reassurance and comfort so that you could go to sleep safely? Most of us grow […]

You Don’t Know Me…, Proper 27 (A) – 2011

November 06, 2011

“You don’t know me? How could you not know me? You invited me to the wedding!” This parable is one of the stranger ones Jesus told. There are almost too many issues to wonder about and some of them are puzzling to say the least. We realize there’s a potential problem when we hear that […]

Have You Ever Felt as Desperate…, Proper 15 (A) – 2011

August 14, 2011

Have you ever felt as desperate as the Caananite woman in today’s gospel? Emotions seem to explode from us when we’re desperate. We’ve all seen pictures on the television of women and men wailing with grief over their children slaughtered in a bomb attack in the Middle East. They often collapse in unbearable pain over […]

Blessed Be God…, Easter 6 (A) – 2011

May 29, 2011

“Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer, nor withheld his love from me.” That feels good. Let’s say that psalm verse out loud, together: “Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer, nor withheld his love from me.” How great it is that our God – the same God who took on […]

Jesus Joins the Crowd, Epiphany 1 (A) – 2011

January 09, 2011

Jesus joins the crowd at the river Jordan. His cousin John has been baptizing people with water – the water of repentance. Only a few weeks ago in Advent, we heard John tell those gathered at the river that one would come – whose sandals John was not worthy even to hold – who would […]

Hebrews and the Gospel…, Proper 15 (C) – 2010

August 15, 2010

Hebrews and the gospel this week! Read them again when you get home. Then read them again and again – maybe every day this week – because if we could really understand and then take to heart these two passages, we just might be convicted enough to open ourselves to the fire of the Spirit […]

What Else Do We Need to Know?, Great Vigil of Easter (C) – 2010

April 03, 2010

Alleluia, the Lord is Risen! The Lord is risen indeed! That is enough. What else do we need to know on this most glorious of all days? What else do we need to shout? Nothing! Nothing at all. Our 40 days of Lent are over. We have prepared ourselves with prayer and fasting. We have […]

A Call That Cannot Be Denied, Epiphany 1 (C) – 2010

January 10, 2010

“I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky.” These lovely works by poet John Masefield talk about the sailor’s almost irresistible draw to the water. It’s been said that since our bodies may be up to 75 percent water, we are automatically drawn to water. We know certainly […]

Sometimes the Expanse…, Proper 20 (B) – 2009

September 20, 2009

Sometimes the expanse of centuries between when the scriptures were written and when we, in the twenty-first century, are reading them seems to disappear. The readings today that supposedly come from Wisdom and James couldn’t possibly have been written that long ago. They must have been written in our time – in our generation, or […]

Youth Group Songs…, Proper 14 (B) – 2009

August 09, 2009

What is it about youth-group songs that make them stick in your head? I am the resurrection [clap]. And the life [clap, clap, clap, clap]. Those who believe in me will live a new life. I am the resurrection [clap]. And the life [clap, clap, clap, clap]. Those who believe in me will never die. […]

God Did Not Make Death…, Proper 8 (B) – 2009

June 28, 2009

“God did not make death, and he does not delight in the death of the living.” What do you think about that verse from the Wisdom of Solomon? If God didn’t make death and doesn’t delight in the death of the living, then why do people we love die, and who thought up heaven and […]

Poor Thomas!, Easter 2 (B) – 2009

April 19, 2009

We’re at that time of year again. Easter Day is past and once more we’re reading about Thomas, who evidently just can’t believe Jesus has been raised from the dead. But don’t we love this story? We love Thomas. We love to chuckle indulgently over his lack of faith, because we certainly don’t have trouble […]

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