Earlier this month, I gave this sermon on a rather interesting day. It was September 11th, the first Sunday after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, my parents were visiting, and Ellen (one of the Tsedaqah trustees) came to hear me preach. This was the first sermon my parents ever heard me give. My Dad recorded the full sermon so this is a transcript of the actual sermon I gave which was much longer than the notes I originally wrote.
This sermon/talk was given at St. Bride's as part of a series where we looked back at the St. Bride's motto that was chosen 15 years ago "Creative, Progressive, Inclusive" and reflected on how we can continue to grow as a community in these three aspects.
The prompt for the sermon was: What is your favorite Psalm and why? Over the summer I gave this sermon at St. Bride's, St. Michael's, and in a modified way as a testimony for an Open Table service. This sermon was paired with Psalm 139 and a gospel reading from John 9:1-7.