Sermons That Work

For more than 20 years, Sermons That Work, a ministry of The Episcopal Church’s Office of Communication, has provided free sermons, Bible studies, bulletin inserts, and other resources that speak to congregations across the Church. Our writers and readers come from numerous and varied backgrounds, and the resources we provide are used in small house churches, sprawling cathedrals, and everything between.

Lectionary Calendar

Find this Sunday’s readings and more observances of the church year.

This Sunday’s Readings:
Pentecost 17 (C) – October 2, 2022

Sermons

We offer a large archive of sermons, as well as a new sermon every week.

This Sunday’s Sermon:
An Act of Love, Pentecost 17 (C) – October 2, 2022

Bible Studies

Our weekly Bible studies are produced by our very own Episcopalian seminarians.

This Sunday’s Bible Study:
Pentecost 17 (C) – October 2, 2022

Bulletin Inserts

Weekly inserts teach about the theology, history, and people of The Episcopal Church.

This Sunday’s Bulletin Insert:
Pentecost 17 (C) – United Thank Offering Grants – October 2, 2022

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Upcoming Sermons

By Faith, Pentecost 21 (C) – October 30, 2022

[RCL] Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4; Psalm 119:137-144; Luke 19:1-10; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12 Trouble and distress have come upon me, yet your commandments are my delight. The righteousness of your decrees…

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Sinners, Pentecost 20 (C) – October 23, 2022

[RCL] Joel 2:23-32; Psalm 65; 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18; Luke 18:9-14 When Jesus walked this earth, he was known not only for the miracles he performed but also for the parables…

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Telling the Story, Pentecost 19 (C) – October 16, 2022

[RCL] Jeremiah 31:27-34; Psalm 119:97-104; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5; Luke 18:1-8 In the tradition of oral storytelling, there is a notion that when a story is written down, it ceases to…

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God Sent a Prophet, Pentecost 18 (C) – October 9, 2022

[RCL] Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7; Psalm 66:1-11; 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19 Look again at today’s collect. “Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we…

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An Act of Love, Pentecost 17 (C) – October 2, 2022

[RCL] Lamentations 1:1-6; Lamentations 3:19-26 or Psalm 137; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17:5-10 “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left…

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Real Life, Pentecost 16 (C) – September 25, 2022

[RCL] Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15; Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16; 1 Timothy 6:6-19; Luke 16:19-31 We have all heard that the “love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” While…

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Upcoming Bible Studies

Bible Study: Pentecost 20 (C) – October 23, 2022

[RCL] Joel 2:23-32; Psalm 65; 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18; Luke 18:9-14 Joel 2:23-32 This passage of apocalyptic poetry in Joel provides the hope and affirmation that the people of Israel need…

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Bible Study: Pentecost 19 (C) – October 16, 2022

[RCL] Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7; Psalm 66:1-11; 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19 Jeremiah 31:27-34 The days are surely coming. The phrase itself feels ominous, scary even. As we look around at…

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Bible Study: Pentecost 18 (C) – October 9, 2022

[RCL] Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7; Psalm 66:1-11; 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19 Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 Mention of King Nebuchadnezzar indicates that Jeremiah’s prophecy comes after the Israelites have to leave Jerusalem.…

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Bible Study: Pentecost 17 (C) – October 2, 2022

[RCL] Lamentations 1:1-6; Psalm 137; 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17:5-10 Lamentations 1:1-6 Sometimes, we just need to give voice to our grief. The worst thing we can do is to…

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Bible Study: Pentecost 16 (C) – September 25, 2022

[RCL] Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15; Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16; 1 Timothy 6:6-19; Luke 16:19-31 Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 This reading from Jeremiah finds us at a time of certainty: certainty that Jerusalem is…

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Bible Study: Pentecost 15 (C) – September 18, 2022

[RCL] Jeremiah 8:18-9:1; Psalm 79:1-9; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Luke 16:1-13 Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 Here in the eighth chapter of Jeremiah, we hear directly from God’s voice, as God laments the waywardness…

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