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Saint Paul’s Sermons

Saint Paul’s Sermons

By Dcn Bryan Dench
Sermons Preached at Saint Paul’s Anglican Church, Portland, Maine.
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Human Life is Precious to Almighty God - Rev Deacon Bryan Dench
Scripture plainly declares the sacredness of all human life in God’s sight. He is the creator and sustainer of our lives. In him we live and move and have our being. He made us uniquely in his image and before he formed us in our mother’s womb he knew us completely.
October 02, 2022
Seek First the Kingdom of God - very Rev Andrew Faust
Jesus said to seek first the Kingdom of God and all else, all else, will be added to it. Father Andrew offers seven good ways to seek God’s kingdom.
September 25, 2022
Were Not Ten Healed? - Very Rev Andrew Faust
Jesus encountered 10 men afflicted with leprosy. Having compassion, he healed them all. But only one returned to give thanks
September 18, 2022
Were Not Ten Healed? - Very Rev Andrew Faust.
Jesus encountered ten men afflicted with leprosy and having compassion healed them all. But only one returned to give thanks.
September 18, 2022
The Good Samaritan, and The Promises of Christ - Very Rev Andrew Faust
The impact of following Christ in our lives and the life of the Church.
September 11, 2022
Jesus Did All Things Well- Rev Deacon Bryan Dench
In Mark’s narrative of the miracle Jesus did healing the man who was deaf (Mk 7:31) we have another sign and wonder showing Jesus’ divinity, his compassion, and his fulfillment of prophecy. He indeed did all things well as the crowd exclaimed.
September 04, 2022
Create In Me A Clean Heart - Very Rev Andrew Faust
Psalm 51, David’s cry of repentance, gives us the pattern of true repentance for our sins,
August 28, 2022
Was Jesus Human? Does It Matter? - Rev Deacon Bryan Dench
Jesus wept and lamented over the fate of the city of Jerusalem (Lk 19:41-48; 13:34). The Bible clearly teaches of Jesus’ humanity (Hebrews 4:14-15; John chapter 1). “For in Christ all the fullness of the deity lives in bodily form” Col 2:9. Does it matter? Yes, it makes all the difference.
August 21, 2022
A Forgiven Brother and A Brother Who Won’t Forgive - Very Rev Andrew Faust (Luke 15:11-32)
In the well known parable of the Prodigal Son Jesus teaches of the Father’s love for repentant sinners, the power of forgiveness, and the toxicity of unforgiveness.
August 14, 2022
Do You Believe In Demons? - Rev Deacon Bryan Dench. Matthew 8:28-34
The Bible clearly communicates to us that wicked, evil spirits are active in our world, so it’s not surprising to see the evil and depravity all around us. Bit the good news is that God is sovereign over it all. We are also surrounded by a heavenly host in our side. We follow a savior who has overcome the world.
July 31, 2022
Worship the Lord in the Splendor of His Holiness - Very Rev Father Andrew Faust
What does it mean to worship the Lord in the beauty and splendor of his holiness? It means to celebrate our covenant relationship with God
July 25, 2022
God’s Holiness Made Manifest in a Catch of Fish - Rev Bryan Dench
In Luke’s account of the miraculous catch of fish, after which Saint peter in the early apostles were called to follow Jesus, shows us both the sovereignty of Jesus over nature and his holiness. Peter‘s response, falling to his knees, shows the recognition of who Jesus was and who Peter was. The good news is, as Jesus said to Peter, we do not need to be afraid but simply need to trust Jesus in the faith and he will never refuse us
July 17, 2022
Reverence for God, Love for Mankind - Very Rev Andrew Faust
Scripture teaches us to fear God, but it’s not a cringing cowering fear but reverence and the desire to please Almighty God.
June 26, 2022
The Great Gulf: The Eternal Significance of Our Decisions. Rev Dcn Bryan Dench
The parable of the rich man (unnamed) and the poor beggar recorded in Luke 16:19-31 gives us a very clear message. Our eternal destiny is fixed based on our choices in life, whether we trust Jesus and follow him or put our trust in something else. There is, Jesus teaches, a great gulf between the place of the blessed in heaven and those whose own hard hearts keep them from God. The prospect of hell is terrible, but the good news is thanks to Christ we can be sure it’s not our destination.
June 19, 2022
Trinity Sunday: Loving and Serving Our Three Personed God - Very Rev Andrew Faust
We worship one God in three persons in the sacred mystery of the Trinity affirmed by all Christians. Father Faust explains how to love and serve this wonderful God and the importance of trusting Him for our salvation.
June 12, 2022
Be of Good Cheer - Rev Dcn Bryan Dench
At the end of his farewell discourse in John’s Gospel, chapter 13 to 16, Jesus says to his disciples that they will have tribulations and adversity in the world but he says be of good cheer I have overcome the world. That means that because of Jesus we have nothing to fear, nothing to worry about.
May 22, 2022
The Blessing of the Eucharist - Very Rev Andrew Faust
In the encounter with the risen Christ in the Eucharist we are blessed.
May 08, 2022
Jesus the Good Shepherd
Jesus is the good shepherd of the sheep. Who’s the sheep? We are if we hear the voice of the shepherd and follow him!
May 01, 2022
The Breath of God: the work of the Holy Spirit- Rev Daniel Eddy
When Jesus appeared in his glorified body to his disciples after the Resurrection he passed through a locked door and breathed the spirit on them to constitute them as apostles.
April 24, 2022
A Personal Relationship With the Risen Christ - Very Rev Andrew Faust
As we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus from the dead, it’s important to establish a personal, Saving relationship with Him.
April 17, 2022
Maundy Thursday: The Darkest Night and A New Commandment - Dcn Bryan Dench
Maundy Thursday, almost 2000 years ago, was the darkest most terrible night in all of human history, because it was on that night that Jesus was betrayed and suffered before his passion. But it was also a night when Jesus loved his disciples to the end, prayed for them, encouraged them, gave them promises, of a future hope, and instituted the Lords supper for their benefit. Among all those things, he also gave them, and us, the new commandment to love one another
April 15, 2022
Signs, Symbols, and Preparing Our Hearts For Worship - Very Rev Andrew Faust
Signs in the sacraments, symbols of faith, and other things we observe prepare us for worship and elevate our hearts, minds, and spirits toward God.
March 27, 2022
Why Are the “Comfortable Words” comfortable?
Only the traditional Anglican service contains the “comfortable words,” four passages of scripture that follow the rite of confession and absolution. Why are they “comfortable”? Because they ease our conscience and assure us of pardon if we have fully trusted in Jesus and in him alone.
March 20, 2022
Our Need for God - Very Rev Andrew Faust
During the season of Lent the prayers of the church and the Scriptures the Anglican church presents to us remind us of our need for God and his desire for us to be sanctified through Christ.
March 13, 2022
Lent: An Opportunity to Turn to God - Very Rev Andrew Faust
Lent is a season for realistic reflection on our lives, and how we compare to God’s standards in what we do and fail to do. It is an opportunity to turn away from those things in our lives that are not pleasing to God, and things that are harmful to us.
March 06, 2022
Lessons From the Temptation of Jesus - Rev Bryan Dench
The gospel accounts of how Satan tested Jesus teach us valuable lessons about the times we are tested or tempted, about putting God first, and about finding our defenses in our survival manual, the Bible
March 06, 2022
Spend Time With God - Very Rev Andrew Faust
God saves us for a purpose: to be relationship with him. We communicate with God through regularly reading of the Bible and prayer. As we approach the season of Lent, it’s a good time to begin or increase time spent in praying morning and evening prayers and/or in reading and reflecting on God’s word.
February 20, 2022
Our Response to God’s Gift of Grace - Very Rev Andrew Faust
God has graciously and freely given us the gift of his grace. How do we respond? Are we angry at the things we don’t like, or grateful for the gifts of God? Learn from the parable of the workers told by Jesus, Matt 20:1-16
February 13, 2022
The Wheat and the Tares - Rev Bryan Dench
Chapter 13 of Matthews gospel contains several parables teaching us about the end of the age to come and how important it is to be with Christ when the final separation takes place. This parable is one of them, teaching us that the wheat and the weeds grow up together in the world, and in the church, and in the end Jesus will identify which is which. We want to be wheat
February 06, 2022
Are You Submissive to God? - Very Rev Andrew Faust
Living to please God as our grateful response to God’s love and mercy toward us requires knowing and submitting to God’s perfect will for us.
January 31, 2022
Believe in Jesus: he’s everything - Very Rev. Andrew Faust
Belief in Jesus is the whole thing; John wrote his Gospel that we might believe with certainty.
January 23, 2022
Living to please God: No Excuses. Very Rev Andrew Faust
We are full of excuses. Excuses for not coming to church, for example. Excuses for choosing not to please God. But our true happiness and peace come when we make the choice to live to please God.
January 16, 2022
Read Your Bible to Grow in Spirit - Very Rev. Andrew Faust
The Epiphany brings us a message of new awareness and new understanding of familiar things. By reading the Bible regularly we can gain new insights into God’s word for us and how to apply biblical wisdom to our lives.
January 09, 2022
Jesus Came For All - the Epiphany. Rev Bryan Dench
The seasons of the church year give rhythm and unity the the body of Christ, and as the Christmas season comes to a close we observe the Epiphany, the Messiah’s birth manifest to the world. For all, not only for the chosen Jewish people. The seers from the East come to seek him and celebrate. Gentiles know him though his own receive him not.
January 02, 2022
Saint Stephen: Bold in Faith. Rev Bryan Dench
Saint Stephen is remembered on December 26. Though a young man he served the church well, taught, and spoke out for Christ with winsome confidence empowered by the Holy Spirit. We do well to learn from his example of knowing scripture, speaking boldly, and showing forth a living and forgiving spirit.
December 26, 2021
Christmas Eve Message - Very Rev Andrew Faust
Christmas is the time we celebrate God’s fulfilling his promises by coming to his people, God, with us! Christ comes for a close personal relationship with us, he in us, and we in him.
December 25, 2021
Christmas begins what Easter celebrates
The Birth of the second person of the Trinity as a human being, the Incarnation, begins the fulfillment of God’s plan of salvation and reconciliation for humanity. Resting in this gives us that peace surpassing all understanding.
December 19, 2021
How Will the Bible Change You? - Very Rev Andrew Faust
On this Sunday of rejoicing we look at how our study of God’s word changes us and directs in life as we internalize what God has to say.
December 12, 2021
An Attitude of Gratitude - Very Rev Andrew Faust
We do not control everything in life, but we do control our attitude toward life. We need to cultivate gratitude to God in our own attitude.
November 28, 2021
Stir Us Up, Lord! Very Rev Andrew Faust
Stir us up, Lord, to do your will, knowing all things are possible through you!
November 21, 2021
Your Faith Has Healed You
God permits his children to experience trials in this life. He knows them. He is in them with us. In chapter 5 of Mark Christ heals a suffering woman who come to him in faith.
November 14, 2021
Render to God - Very Rev Andrew Faust, Rector.
If we seek God faithfully, God will answer effectually. If we Render to God the things of God, the things due to God, then God honors that and blesses us.
November 07, 2021
All The Saints - an inspiration and example to us (Rev Bryan Dench)
Why we celebrate the Saints and draw inspiration from their example.
November 02, 2021
Transformed by Christ - Very Rev Andrew S Faust
Christ calls us to transformation through his saving work on our behalf. Have you experienced that?
October 31, 2021
Walking in Faith - Very Rev Andrew Faust, Rector
Examining what it means to be faithful, to resist Satan daily, to love the Lord our God and our neighbor as ourself.
October 24, 2021
Many Are Called (Matt 22:1-14)
In Matthew’s Gospel Jesus illustrates the Kingdom of God with a parable, a story about a wedding feast. It shows us the wonderful way in which God has chosen those who come to faith in Christ.
October 17, 2021
God Does Not Change
God is the same, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He does not change. His will does not change. His teachings and commandments for us are not suggestions, but tell us how to love him with all our hearts, minds, and strength.
October 03, 2021
Christians and the Ten Commandments
What is the proper understanding of the Christian’s obedience to the law of God
October 03, 2021
Humility comes before honor
Seven times Jesus taught us the first shall be last, and those who exalt themselves will be humbled.  What lessons do we learn from that?
September 26, 2021
Calm At Sea
Father Jeff Monroe
August 29, 2021
Do This
Dcn Bryan Dench, Luke chapter 10
August 29, 2021
The Pharisee and The Tax Collector - On Not Thinking Ourselves Better Than Others
Like the Pharisee in this parable Jesus told, many today think themselves “better people” than others and use it to exercise power over them.
August 15, 2021