Sermons by Fr. Bradley Helmuth

Sermons by Fr. Bradley Helmuth

Fr. Bradley Helmuth is the Rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Nevada City, CA.

Who You Gonna Worship?

Twenty First Sunday After Pentecost Sermon starts at 15:50 in the recording All Readings Service Booklet Gospel: Matthew 22:34-46 34 When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’ 37He said to him, ‘ “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” 38This is the greatest and…

Giving to God

Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost All Readings Service Booklet Gospel: Matthew 22:15-22 15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. 16So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, ‘Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. 17Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or…

Culture of Fear

Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost All Readings Service Booklet Gospel: Matthew 21:33-46 33 ‘Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watch-tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. 34When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. 35But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36Again he sent other…

You’re Full of It!

Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost Empty Yourself of you for God All Readings Service Booklet Philippians 2:1-13 1 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, 2make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. 4Let each of you look not to your…

Working Through the Fear

Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost All Readings Service Booklet Old Testament: Exodus 16:2-15 2 The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3 The Israelites said to them, ‘If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.’ 4 Then the Lord said to…

Knowing Who You Are

The Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost All Readings Romans 12:9-21 9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10 love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honour. 11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice…

Faith That Makes a Difference

Twelfth Day After Pentecost All Readings Service Booklet The Collect:  Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Matthew 16:13-20 13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people…

Breaking Inertia

Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost All Readings Service Booklet Gospel: Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28 10  Then he called the crowd to him and said to them, ‘Listen and understand: 11 it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.’ 12 Then the disciples approached and said to him, ‘Do you know that the Pharisees took offence when they heard what you said?’ 13 He answered, ‘Every plant that my heavenly Father…

Living Into Our Inheritance

The Tenth Sunday After Pentecost All Readings Service Booklet Romans 10:5-15 5 Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that ‘the person who does these things will live by them.’ 6 But the righteousness that comes from faith says, ‘Do not say in your heart, “Who will ascend into heaven?” ’ (that is, to bring Christ down) 7‘or “Who will descend into the abyss?” ’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? ‘The…

Carrying Burdens

Ninth Sunday After Pentecost All Readings Service Booklet Romans 9:1-5 1 I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit— 2 I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. 4 They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving…

Yesterday, Tomorrow and Today

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost All Readings Service Booklet Afterthoughts In the Romans 8 passage from this past Sunday, there is a phrase in there that I come back to regularly, especially when I find myself in the midst of something difficult. The phrase from Paul is: “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. ” Romans 8:18 Now Paul knew suffering and the people he was writing to knew suffering.…

The Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

Readings Afterthoughts Many of you have followed the progress of my garden as it has been both built and planted. I am amazed by it. A plan was made, the raised beds were built, dirt was brought in, plants were purchased, seeds were planted…and it grew. It’s always amazing to me. This garden is a beautiful place to sit and relax in the afternoon and perfect for watching the stars.  When you think of a garden, it has intention. It is…