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

Why Frightened?, Christmas 2 – 2009

January 04, 2009

When Herod heard about the child who had been born King of the Jews, we read in Matthew that “he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him.” Isn’t that odd? All Jerusalem was frightened with Herod. It’s not like they had our technology that’s capable of getting news from one end of the planet to […]

We Thought Last Week’s…, Proper 18 (A) – 2008

September 07, 2008

We thought last week’s gospel was the tough one, didn’t we? Last Sunday’s passage was the turning point in Matthew’s gospel – the point where Jesus begins to announce his fate. He begins telling his followers that his end is death and theirs, most likely, would be death, too. Remember, Peter said, “God forbid,” and […]

Who Are You?, Proper 11 (A) – 2008

July 20, 2008

Who are you? Who are your people? Who are your kin? These are questions we’re asked in many different ways every day. Culturally, in the South, “Who are your people?” is an essential question – usually the first question a new person in town, or a new boy or girlfriend is asked. Think about it. […]

Well, This Is a Rough…, Proper 4 (A) – 2008

June 01, 2008

Well, this is a rough gospel passage, isn’t it? It seems as if an awful lot of people are going to be disappointed when they come to enter the kingdom of heaven. It sounds as if Jesus is saying that even though some people think they’ve been doing good things, Jesus is going to say […]

Lead Us Not into Temptation, Lent 1 (A) – 2008

February 10, 2008

“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,” or “Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil.” Whichever version of the Lord’s Prayer you say, the request is the same: we ask God to be our strength and guide when we’re faced with temptation and sin. In our Collect […]

How Could Anyone…, Proper 21 (C) – 2007

September 30, 2007

How could anyone stand to have a poor man lying in the doorway, covered with sores, those sores being licked by stray dogs – a poor man who longs for nothing but the crumbs that fall off the table? Aren’t we outraged that a rich man, dressed in purple and fine linen, who feasted sumptuously […]

What Wonderful Images…, Proper 5 (C) – 2007

June 10, 2007

What wonderful images we have in today’s passages. We have prophets, raisings from the dead, a never-ending supply of food, onlookers being both amazed and terrified. It’s the Easter story over and over – amazing and terrifying for the people of that day. We, of course, can still be amazed, but we’re not terrified any […]

Woman, Here Is Your Son…, Good Friday – 2007

April 06, 2007

“Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to his disciple, “Here is your mother.” Jesus hangs on the cross. Crowds of people stand around watching the spectacle—some watching in horror, others with indifference, still others with a sense of triumph. “That annoying and dangerous prophet is in the last throes of death, thank God,” […]

Letting Our Nets Down in Faith, Epiphany 5 (C) – 2007

February 04, 2007

“The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said, ‘Woe is me!’” “Woe is me” seems to be an understatement. The prophet is having a vision that’s not only very vivid, but also frightening. Everything is immense. The hem of the Lord’s […]

This Is One of Those Gospels, Proper 26 (B) – 2006

November 05, 2006

This is one of those gospels that when we hear it, we can get all comfy in our pews and say, “Oh well, of course. How lovely that thought is: Love God, love our neighbors. That’s what it’s all about. No problem.” That’s what we might call “squeeze me, Jesus” theology — when we get […]

To Each One of Us…, All Saints’ Day (B) – 2006

November 01, 2006

“To each one of us Christ is saying, ‘If you want your life and mission to be fruitful like mine, do like me. Be converted into a seed that lets itself be buried. … Do not be afraid. Those who shun suffering will remain alone. No one is more alone than the selfish. But if […]

From Five Loaves of Bread…, Proper 12 (B) – 2006

July 30, 2006

“So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves … they filled twelve baskets.” Isn’t that amazing? From five loaves of bread, the disciples gathered fragments enough to fill twelve baskets, and that’s even after feeding about five thousand people. John doesn’t tell us how much of the two fish […]

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