Trinity Episcopal Church

Holy Week Sermons

Washing Each Other’s Feet

What does it mean to wash someone else’s feet? Not a modern pedicure, that’s for sure. Listen to discover a cultural expose on the original meaning of the moment when Jesus washed his disciples’ feet.

This sermon was preached on April 18, 2019, which was Maundy Thursday. The readings it is based on can be found here. It was preached at Trinity Episcopal Church in Warsaw, NY by the Rev. Sare Liz Anuszkiewicz.

Good Friday

For an excellent sermon on the good stuff of Good Friday, check out the Palm Sunday sermon. (Mother Sare didn’t preach at the communal Good Friday service this year.)

Holding the Vigil

When you’ve been living in a Good Friday kind of life for the last several years, Holy Week can be so helpful. And sometimes it is all too tempting to stay in the darkness even when God is offering over and over peace and serenity. Listen to discover where Jesus stands on this issue.

This sermon was preached on April 20, 2019, which was the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. The readings it is based on can be found here. It was preached at Trinity Episcopal Church in Warsaw, NY by the Rev. Sare Liz Anuszkiewicz.

 

Focusing on Joy

This day prepares us for the most important festival as the church. Easter is so important to us because we celebrate Jesus rewriting our fear, rewriting the story of our pain and our anguish – because our lives are often more filled with pain, fear, angst, stress, and anger. And Jesus came to rewrite those stories so that we can embrace something new (that is as old as it gets): God’s love for us. And nothing can keep us from the love of God – not even death.

This sermon was preached on April 14, 2019, which was Palm Sunday. The readings it is based on can be found here. It was preached at Trinity Episcopal Church in Warsaw, NY by the Rev. Sare Liz Anuszkiewicz.

Study Guide: The Four Agreements

Study Guide!

This is a list of quotations and questions to help you prepare for the New Age Book Study that will cover The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book), by don Miguel Ruiz, and this study guide is complete in its entirety. To find other review question blog posts on the same theme from other books, check out this archive.

Remember, these are questions to help you go deep and engage. In an hour we won’t be able to cover them all, and so we won’t even try.

Our schedule for discussing this book is: Intro & Ch 1, April 10. Ch 2, April 17. Ch 3, April 24. Ch 4, May 1. Ch 5, May 8. Ch 6 & 7 May 22. We meet on Wednesdays at 4pm in the Warsaw Library.

For more information about our New Age Book Study, check out its info page.

Read on for the study guide!

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The Older Son: When We Actually Need More Than We’re Getting

Jesus’ story of the Prodigal Son may not just be about God’s lavish welcome of the son who goes and squanders his life… but also about those of us who have lived by the rules.

It is true that God lavishes love on everyone who turns to him – those who have thus far squandered their lives, as well as those who have sacrificed in order to do what is right by others.

But the story of the other brother in the Prodigal Son is that we need to ask for what we want, when we want and need it. Jesus gives us permission to ask for help, permission to ask for celebration and love.

This sermon was preached on March 31, 2019. The readings it is based on can be found here. It was preached at Trinity Episcopal Church in Warsaw, NY by the Rev. Sare Liz Anuszkiewicz.

Is Your Life a Train Wreck?

Jesus could look at anyone and see the goodness in them. And we… can be like him.

This sermon was preached on March 24, 2019. The readings it is based on can be found here. It was preached at Trinity Episcopal Church in Warsaw, NY by the Rev. Sare Liz Anuszkiewicz.

The Tree of Hate

Here we are again, friends. Another shooting at another holy place. Another person with an agenda of some sort, trying to prove a point. And then people die.

This time it was about white supremacy… but white supremacy isn’t the basis of anything. It’s just a branch on the tree of Hating Our Neighbor.

This sermon was preached on March 17, 2019. The readings it is based on can be found here. It was preached at Trinity Episcopal Church in Warsaw, NY by the Rev. Sare Liz Anuszkiewicz.

Study Guide: Power of Now 5&6

Study Guide!

This is a list of questions to help you prepare for the New Age Book Study that will cover Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now, chapters five and six. To find other review question blog posts on the same theme, check out this archive.

Remember, these are questions to help you go deep and engage. In an hour we won’t be able to cover them all, and so we won’t even try.

For more information about our New Age Book Study, check out its info page.

Chapter Five: The State of Presence

It’s Not What You Think It Is

Do you understand the difference between thought and presence? Have you experienced it?

The Esoteric Meaning of “Waiting”

Have you experienced both kinds of waiting?

Beauty Arises in the Stillness of Your Presence

Have you experienced the beauty inherent in Satori?

Realizing Pure Consciousness

How do you feel about the idea of consciousness being a varied, separate expression of the one-God-being?

Christ: The Reality of Your Divine Presence

What do you think of Tolle’s definition of Christ?

 

Chapter Six: The Inner Body

Being Is Your Deepest Self

Do you get it when Tolle discusses Being?

Look Beyond The Words

Do you think there is something wrong with you?

Finding Your Invisible & Indestructible Reality

“Compulsive thinking has become a collective disease.” Agree? Disagree? Why?

Connecting With The Inner Body

Have you done the exercise he recommends? How did it go?

Transformation Through the Body

What are the ways in which you make your body less or more important than Tolle thinks it ought to be?

Sermon on the Body

Tolle implies that you are not your body, and then says you are your body. What are your thoughts about this?

Have Deep Roots Within

Can you read and feel the inner body? What was that like?

Before You Enter the Body, Forgive

Tolle talks about forgiveness as if its easy for everyone, all the time. Do you agree?

Your Link With the Unmanifested

Is this a truth you recognize?

Slowing Down the Aging Process

Thoughts about this?

Strengthening the Immune System

Have you tried this in a small or large way yet? How did it go? What happened?

Let the Breath Take You into the Body

Have you tried Conscious Breathing? How did it go?

Creative Use of Mind & the Art of Listening

Have you tried this yet? How did it go?