Author Archives: John F. Beddingfield

About John F. Beddingfield

Rector of The Church of the Holy Trinity (Episcopal) in New York City on East 88th Street between 1st Ave and 2nd Ave.

Wearing the Right Thing (to the Heavenly Banquet)

A sermon for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 15, 2017.  The scripture readings are Isaiah 25:1-9, Psalm 23, Philippians 4:1-9, and Matthew 22:1-14.  Listen to the sermon HERE. It used to be easy to know what to wear to a wedding. If it … Continue reading

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Stewards of the Vineyard (with St. Francis)

On October 8, 2017, The Church of the Holy Trinity celebrated St. Francis Sunday with the Blessing of Animals within the regular Sunday services.  The scriptures were Isaiah 5:1-7, Psalm 80:7-14, Philippians 3:4b-14, and Matthew 21:33-46.  Listen to the sermon HERE. The feast day … Continue reading

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With our lives as well as our lips

A sermon for October 1, 2017, the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost. The scripture readings are Ezekiel 18:1-4,25-32, Psalm 25:1-8, Philippians 2:1-13, and Matthew 21:23-32.  Listen to the sermon HERE. Often, when I meet people for the first time and they learn that I am … Continue reading

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Last Minute Grace

A sermon for September 24, 2017.  The lectionary readings for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost are Jonah 3:10-4:11, Psalm 145:1-8, Philippians 1:21-30, and Matthew 20:1-16.  Listen to the sermon HERE. During my first year at the University of North Carolina, Michael Jordan was still … Continue reading

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Losing Weight Through Forgiveness

A sermon for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 17, 2017.  The lectionary readings are Genesis 50:15-21, Psalm 103:(1-7), 8-13, Romans 14:1-12, and Matthew 18:21-35.  Listen to the sermon HERE. There’s a story from the Desert Tradition that has to do with forgiveness. As … Continue reading

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Forgiveness

A sermon for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 10, 2017.  The lectionary readings are Ezekiel 33:7-11, Psalm 119:33-40, Romans 13:8-14, and Matthew 18:15-20.  Listen to the sermon HERE. As we gather this morning, I know that we are all especially mindful of those … Continue reading

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Strong (and weak) like Peter

A sermon for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 3, 2017.  The lectionary readings are Jeremiah 15:15-21, Psalm 26:1-8, Romans 12:9-21, and Matthew 16:21-28.  Listen to the sermon HERE. As I’ve followed the news about Hurricane Harvey in Houston and the surrounding areas, I’ve … Continue reading

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Who is Jesus for you?

A sermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, August 27, 2017.  The lectionary readings are Isaiah 51:1-6, Psalm 138, Romans 12:1-8, and Matthew 16:13-20.  Listen to the sermon HERE. In my first semester of college, I took a creative writing course. Though I can’t … Continue reading

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Across the Deep

A sermon for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, August 13, 2017.  The lectionary readings are 1 Kings 19:9-18, Psalm 85:8-13, Romans 10:5-15, and Matthew 14:22-33. Listen to the sermon HERE. Friends of mine recently shared some photographs of their son learning to swim.  The … Continue reading

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Transfigured

A sermon for the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ, August 6, 2017.  The lectionary readings are Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99 or 99:5-9 , 2 Peter 1:13-21, and Luke 9:28-36.  Listen to the sermon HERE. Today’s Gospel tells the story of the Transfiguration of … Continue reading

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