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:
Epiphany 4 (C) – January 30, 2022

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This Sunday’s Sermon:
We Are His, Epiphany 4 (C) – January 30, 2022

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This Sunday’s Bible Study:
Epiphany 4 (C) – January 30, 2022

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This Sunday’s Bulletin Insert:
Epiphany 4 (C) – Global Partnerships Lectio Divina: Week 4 – January 30, 2022

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Upcoming Sermons

Special Sermon: The Power to Follow Jesus, Last Sunday in Epiphany (C) – February 27, 2022

[RCL] Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-36, [37-43a] Luke, author of the Gospel that carries his name, is also a doctor and a historian. He puts a lot of emphasis on the details, the dates, and the events that connect Jesus with the history and with the people. In several accounts, interest…

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Radical Amazement!, Last Sunday in Epiphany (C) – February 27, 2022

[RCL] Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-36, [37-43a] “About eight days after these sayings, Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray.” “These sayings” included telling them that in Jerusalem he would be rejected, he would die, and after three days be raised…

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Power, Epiphany 7 (C) – February 20, 2022

[RCL] Genesis 45:3-11, 15; Psalm 37:1-12, 41-42; 1 Corinthians 15:35-38,42-50; Luke 6:27-38 Once upon a time, two children were playing with toy figures. One had a comic book superhero and the other had a princess from an animated show. When an evil villain appeared in their adventure, a conundrum occurred: Who would rescue hostages and…

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Wisdom and Understanding, Epiphany 6 (C) – February 13, 2022

[RCL] Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1; 1 Corinthians 15:12-20; Luke 6:17-26 There’s a piece of folk wisdom passed down each generation from violin teachers to violin students that when a string instrument is played well, the instrument itself improves. This bit of lore extends not just to violins, but to all string instruments, including the cello,…

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God’s Yes, Epiphany 6 (C) – February 13, 2022

[RCL] Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1; 1 Corinthians 15:12-20; Luke 6:17-26 Today’s Scriptures are filled with binaries… The Prophet Jeremiah shares God’s Word: Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals… Blessed are those who trust in the Lord. The poetry of the Psalms begins with: Happy are those… who delight in the law of the…

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The Deep Water, Epiphany 5 (C) – February 6, 2022

[RCL] Isaiah 6:1-8, [9-13]; Psalm 138; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11 The message of all the people in our scriptures today is: “I’m not very good at this. I don’t think this is working.” “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of…

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Upcoming Bible Studies

Bible Study: Last Sunday after Epiphany (C) – February 27, 2022

RCL: Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-36, [37-43a] Exodus 34:29-35 In this passage, Moses departs from the presence of God after receiving the Ten Commandments. He is not aware that his time with God has changed his appearance. But when he gets back to the Israelites’ encampment, they are astonished to see…

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Bible Study: Epiphany 7 (C) – February 20, 2022

RCL: Genesis 45:3-11, 15; Psalm 37:1-12, 41-42; 1 Corinthians 15:35-38,42-50; Luke 6:27-38 Genesis 45: 3-11, 15 This passage marks the climax of the Joseph story. In Genesis, Joseph has been betrayed by his brothers after being marked as his father’s favorite. Joseph’s family is no stranger to dysfunction: His lineage has included deception and stolen…

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Bible Study: Epiphany 6 (C) – February 13, 2022

RCL: Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1; Corinthians 15:12-20; Luke 6:17-26 Jeremiah 17:5-10 In this piece of wisdom literature, Jeremiah gives a somewhat stark vision of what occurs when we put our hopes in things of this world. We become withered or shriveled versions of God’s hope for us, unable to envision the relief that God provides,…

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Bible Study: Epiphany 5 (C) – February 6, 2022

RCL: Isaiah 6:1-8, [9-13]; Psalm 138; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11 Editor’s Note: You will note that today’s author uses a convention common in some traditions for avoiding fully writing out the name, or in this case, a common substitute for the name, of the Lord. Generally, this spelling is used by writers who do…

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Bible Study: Epiphany 4 (C) – January 30, 2022

RCL: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30 Jeremiah 1:4-10 This early part of the Book of Jeremiah details Jeremiah’s prophetic call narrative from the Lord. The context for Jeremiah’s prophetic call narrative comes out of the Babylonian takeover and exile of the northern kingdom, of which Jeremiah was part, under the reign…

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Bible Study: Epiphany 3 (C) – January 23, 2022

RCL: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21 Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 The book of Nehemiah is a continuation of the story found in the book of Ezra. These two books tell the story of the return of the Israelites to Jerusalem after exile. It is in these two books that…

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