Trinity Episcopal Church Lawrence, Kansas

Advent is a time to tell stories: stories from our own families and stories about the people who awaited the Messiah.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on December 3, 2018.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org.

Direct download: 702_0310.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:28am EST

With a blizzard on the way, Fr. Rob preaches a very short sermon to the 8:00 AM service about a dream he had and how it applied to Christ the King Sunday.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on Sunday, November 25, 2018.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0309.mp3
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Fr. Rob shares the life and witness of William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury, as a model for how the Church can exemplify a different way of life on this election day.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0308.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:55pm EST

Father Rob begins the first of a two-part sermon series on the book of Ruth by sharing the historical context of the book and the Hebrew culture reflected therein before connecting it to our own lives today.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0307.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:34am EST

You may have noticed that this week’s Corner looks very different.  In fact, this is the first major change in Trinity’s e-newsletter format in many years.  After a lot of conversation with you, the congregation, we decided to try a new format.  Why?

More with less. The long blocks of text were often difficult to read on smaller devices, and it wasn’t always clear what the article was immediately about.

Showing, not telling. More pictures allow us to share with you the wonderful people of Trinity, our beautiful worship space, and the amazing ways in which we minister in the name of God.

Inviting new people. The new format hopefully is a modern, welcoming format for people who have just discovered who we are.

Love it?  Hate it?  Let me know what you think.  You can email me at rb@trinitylawrence.org

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Rob

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Welcoming children is something that most churches want to do well, regardless of their size or situation.  But welcoming the powerless, as children were in Jesus' time, is often more challenging.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on September 25, 2018.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0302.mp3
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James' concerns over the deferential treatment of affluent congregants rings all too true in today's churches.  As the season where we begin to talk about stewardship approaches, what should we be thinking about in regards to what real generosity means?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on September 9, 2018.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0301.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:24pm EST

The Hebrew Bible has several notions about what time represented the "best of times" in Jewish history.  Two major ideas: the time in the wilderness following the exile, and the time of David and Solomon.  Jesus used that sentimentality to instruct his followers about what his role in our lives was to be.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached on August 26, 2018 by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0299.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:56am EST

As our children head back to school, what do we really hope and pray for when it comes to their growth and development?  And what does the Bible say about what it means to be great and wise?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on August 19, 2018.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0298.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:47pm EST

John Bullock, a member of Trinity Church, a student at the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry, and a candidate for ordination to the priesthood was our guest preacher on July 22, 2018.  This podcast is a recording of that sermon.

You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0297.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:27am EST

A confusing, troubling passage (the death of Uzzah and the punishment of Michal in 2 Samuel) gets interpreted in two very different ways by scholars.  Which interpretation will Fr. Rob use in his sermon?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church on July 15, 2018.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0296.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:18pm EST

While we can not always understand why God does not acquiesce to our prayers sometimes, we can experience what God is doing those times instead.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church on July 8, 2018.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0295.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:15pm EST

This sermon has an admittedly inflammatory title, especially for a sermon on Gun Violence Awareness Sunday, but Fr. Rob is speaking as a progressive and advocate for eliminating gun violence, especially in our schools.  In this case, he is talking about four things he sees liberal, progressive advocates opposed to the proliferation of guns and gun violence in our society sometimes making as they seek to advance their cause.  Those four things are


1. basic ignorance about firearms
2. unrealistic, intractable stances on the issues
3. a tendency to demonize their ideological opponents
4. a failure to vote

He concludes with comments towards clergy who may be hesitant to engage in the issue of guns and our society in their home parishes.

This sermon has already received a lot of feedback, some critical, some positive, and Fr. Rob welcomes conversation about the issued raised in it.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached on June 3, 2018 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Lawrence at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0292.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:52am EST

Why get to know God?  Or rather, why share our own knowledge of God with people outside the Church?  Is it the promise of salvation, or something more close to home?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on April 29, 2018.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0290.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:05pm EST

Fr. Rob shares the story of being present on the last day before a church in rural Missouri closes as a way to talk about death and the Resurrection, and how that applies to more than just our eternal souls.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.

You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0287.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:09pm EST

"Who will roll away the stone from the tomb for us?"  Mary and the other women head for Jesus' tomb, but are already anticipating failure.  We try to find God, but often place obstacles in our own way, anticipating our own failures.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at the Easter Vigil, March 31, 2018 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.

You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0286.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:02pm EST

Many people have a visceral aversion to having their feet washed on Maundy Thursday, but our feet tell so much of our life story.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church on Maundy Thursday, March 29, 2018.

You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0285.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:53am EST

When the disciples claim a colt for Jesus to ride into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, someone had to say that it was all right for them to do so.  That colt's owner must have had questions, but still decided to do what God asked.  How can he help us find the courage to do the same?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on Palm Sunday, March 25th at 10:30 AM.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0284.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:40am EST

As we approach Palm Sunday and Holy Week, Father Rob reflects on the necessity of the crucifixion.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church on March 18, 2018 at the 6:00 PM service.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0283.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:14am EST

Tradition and traditionalism, and the role it plays in alternatively enticing and driving away newcomers is the theme of this sermon and how Jesus' violent actions in the temple illustrate that point.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on March 4, 2018. You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0281.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:38pm EST

What does it mean to have a life in which one is carrying a cross and walking the path of Jesus Christ?  This is a crucial question, given that Jesus explicitly states we must do that to be one of his disciples.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on February 25, 2018.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_281.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:28pm EST

For something to be tempting, you actually have to want it.  For Jesus to be tempted in the wilderness, he had to overcome what we face on a daily basis.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on February 18, 2017.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:05pm EST

While ironically not a story that has a single death in it, the story of Elijah's departure from Elisha provides a narrative of how we can and should say goodbye to a loved one who is facing death.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on February 11, 2018.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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On the Sunday of the Annual Meeting, Father Rob speaks directly to the less-than-affluent members of the congregation regarding the upcoming discussion about financial giving, and his desire that they continue to feel a part of the church.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on February 4, 2018.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0276.mp3
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Fr. Rob offers a working definition of the terms "knowledge," "power," and "authority" as a way to understand why we should get to know Jesus during the Epiphany season.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on January 28, 2018 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0275.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:57pm EST

It can be hard not to want to use Scripture to validate your own viewpoint, but isolating passages isn't the right way to relate to Holy Writ--even when you are right.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on January 14, 2018 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trintylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0273.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:45pm EST

Which a bait and hook might be a terrible analogy for evangelism, drawing people together challenges us about how we create houses of worship in an increasingly diverse society.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on January 21.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0274.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:07pm EST

On Christmas Day, a new life had entered into the world, but that new life was threatened to be overlooked by the routine, the odious, and the insistent aspects of the world around him.  Our new life in Christ can be similarly overlooked, if we allow it, or we can treasure it for the miracle that it is.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on December 25, 2017 at the 10:30 AM Christmas Day service at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0272.mp3
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Christmas is, at its root, the celebration of God becoming flesh and living among us human beings.  Part of that experience for Jesus was loss and grief, but also so many other things.  What that teaches us is ultimately about the love that God has for us as human beings in a way few other things do.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on December 24, 2017 at the 10:30 PM service at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0271.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

Having yet one more Advent service the morning of Christmas Eve reminds us that there are no shortcuts when it comes to many journeys we have in life and with God.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on December 24, 2017 at the 9:00 AM Advent IV service at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org 

Direct download: 702_0270.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:41pm EST

The Rev. Sara Maypole, a retired priest who joined the Trinity community in the past year, talks about the season of Advent on the third Sunday of the season.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Sara Maypole on December 17, 2017 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0269.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:33pm EST

There are two terms for time in the Church: "our time" and "God's time."  But why do these two concepts exist, and how does relate to Advent?  Fr. Rob addresses these questions, and promotes aware of human trafficking in honor of the feast day of St. Nicholas in this podcast.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on December 10, 2017.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0268.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:11am EST

The Psalms state that the light of God's countenance is not only restorative, but salvific.  How can this be, and how can we partake of this during the Advent season?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on December 3, 2017 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0267.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:56am EST

How you feel about Christ the King Sunday might have a lot to do with how you feel about the secular New Year's, and about what direction you need to take your spiritual discipline.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on November 26, 2017.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0266.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:33am EST

After Trinity Church was broken into and extensively vandalized, the parish came together to deal with the emotional heartache and embraced the power of the Holy Spirit.  Fr. Rob shares this story and his own experiences in this week's sermon.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on November 5, 2017.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:59am EST

Fr. Rob continues his "brown bag sermon" at the evening service, answering questions about sin and evil in the world, what happened at diocesan convention, and the ongoing bishop's search.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas at the 6:00 PM service.  The sermon for the 10:30 AM service is available in an earlier podcast.

Direct download: 702_0262.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:24pm EST

Fr. Rob Baldwin fields questions from the congregation ranging from prayer to forgiveness to when God was born.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  This is the sermon preached at the 10:30 AM service.  The sermon preached at the 6:00 PM service, featuring different questions, will be available on another episode.

Direct download: 702_0261.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:10pm EST

Fr. Rob shares an anecdote from that Sunday morning involving stewardship and a local character before talking about cheap grace and how we reflect our discipleship.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on October 15, 2017.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0260.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:46pm EST

The Rt. Rev. Catherine Waynick, former bishop of the Diocese of Indianapolis, was Trinity guest speaker on the topic of stewardship this year.  This podcast is a recording of her sermon, preached on October 8, 2017 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.

Direct download: 702_0259.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:06pm EST

Rather than being "emptied" in the taking of the form of a servant, Fr. Rob argues that the term "poured out" might be a better use of the word when it comes to the servanthood of Christ.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on October 1, 2017. You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0257.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:37pm EST

Jonah's indifference to the people of Nineveh reveals his own belief in a scarcity of forgiveness in understanding of God.  But God's forgiveness, as with so many other gifts, in characterized by abundance.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on September 24, 2017.

You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:43am EST

Fr. Rob revisits the story of Jesus walking on the water in the light of current events, and makes an argument that we need to leave the boat and get out on the water with Jesus.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on August 13, 2017.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0251.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:24pm EST

While the Holy Spirit and the love of God are boundless in their ability to impact and transform lives, one aspect of our discipleship is the environment in which we live and its receptivity to receiving that love and bearing fruit in our lives.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on July 16, 2017.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0247.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:29pm EST

Sin is often depicted as a moral failure, a bad choice.  But what about the sin that affects us of which we have limited to no control?  And what is the role of law and gospel in the Church's response to sin?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on July 9, 2017.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0246.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:29pm EST

With no sparrow falling to the ground without God being present, the broader picture is one of every life being known, valued, and loved.  Now how does the Church live that out in its own ministry?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on June 25, 2017 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0245.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:16pm EST

With the concept of "compassion" a battleground between political ideologies, is there a Christ-inspired notion of compassion that transcends the divide?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church on June 18, 2017. You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0244.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:30am EST

The apostles clearly were overcome with joy at the Pentecost event, the coming of the Holy Spirit upon them.  What hinders us from experiencing the joy of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our own lives?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2017.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0242.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:17pm EST

Fr. Rob discusses the import of the appearance of Jesus on the road to Emmaus in the historical context and the broader allegory for the Church.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on April 30. 2017.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

 

Direct download: 702_0239.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:27pm EST

The question-and-answer sermon is back with Fr. Rob fielding questions ranging from topics like praying for miracles, the God of the Old Testament, and why bad things happen to good people.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on April 23, 2017.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0238.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:39am EST

Fr. Rob's Holy Week sermon series concludes with the celebration of Easter, and the chance to discover those moments of true grace in our lives.  There's also several minutes of church bells ringing in there as well.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 at Trinity Episcopal Church.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org.

Direct download: 702_0237.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:40am EST

Fr. Rob's Holy Week sermon series continues with the Easter Vigil, and the way it reminds us that we have to learn to live with mystery.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on the Easter Vigil, April 15, 2017 at Trinity Episcopal Church.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org.

Direct download: 702_0236.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:38am EST

Fr. Rob's Holy Week sermon series continues as he talks about how the events of Good Friday remind us that things and people die, and sometimes do not die well.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on Good Friday, April 14, 2017 at Trinity Episcopal Church.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org.

Direct download: 702_0235.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:35am EST

Fr. Rob begins a Holy Week sermon series examining each of the feast days of the week and how they remind us of periods of time in our own faith journey.  In this sermon, Fr. Rob compares Palm Sunday to moments of genuine enthusiasm and Maundy Thursday to times in which we are called to serve.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on Maundy Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Trinity Episcopal Church.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org.

Direct download: 702_0234.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:31am EST

Our familiarity with the Palm Sunday story shouldn't blind us to Jesus' unwillingness to play along with the familiar tropes of the conquering hero, down to his choice of mounts.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0233.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:47pm EST

The Pharisees struggle to acknowledge the miracle performed by Jesus on the man born blind is often mirrored in our own struggle to believe that we too can experience miracles during the Lenten season.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on March 26, 2017.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:41am EST

The term "born again Christian" has been used to identify a particular faith tradition of Christianity, but actually applies to all Christians.  What does it mean to be "born again" in the Episcopal traditions and theology, and how does the story of Nicodemus provide clues about that new life?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on March 12, 2017.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0231.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:09pm EST

There are two visages of Jesus that appear in the story of the Transfiguration: the divine and transcendent Jesus and the Jesus the apostles know.  Both of those visages are revealed to us throughout the Epiphany season and beyond.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on February 26, 2017.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0230.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:20pm EST

The question of how we pray, and for whom, continues to be a struggle within the Church.  Fr. Rob explores the challenges behind this and why it is so important in this sermon.

This podcast episode is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on February 19, 2017.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0229.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:02pm EST

Fr. Rob responds to multiple requests to address the recent blocking of immigrants from certain countries and talks about one of the biggest struggles in his own faith life when it comes to the Beatitudes.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on January 29, 2017.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0227.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:09pm EST

Ryan Zavacky, the intern at Canterbury House, served as guest preacher on January 22.  His topic was how John the Baptist's death may have impacted the beginning of Jesus' ministry, and how tragic events can often inspire people to do great things.

You can learn more about Trinity Church in Lawrence, Kansas at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0226.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:14pm EST

The church always seems to celebrate the notion of receiving epiphanies, revelations from God, but the reality isn't always easy or pleasant.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church at Lawrence, Kansas on January 8, 2017.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0224.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:48pm EST

Music is an integral part of our Christmas worship, moreso than any other day of the year.  Fr. Rob explores why that might be in this sermon from the 10:30 PM Christmas Eve service at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.

You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0222.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:59am EST

The Rev. Torey Lightcap, Canon of the Ordinary for the Diocese of Kansas, visits Trinity as a guest preacher to talk about Joseph, what it meant to be a "carpenter," and how he can serve as a model for contemporary discipleship.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached at Trinity Episcopal Church on December 18, 2016. You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0221.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:01pm EST

Many are languishing in prisons, literal or figurative, and like John the Baptist may ask Jesus, "are you the one I'm waiting for, or should I wait for another?"  But there are signs that the wait is over, and miracles are everywhere.

This podcast is a recording of the the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on December 11, 2016.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0220.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:52am EST

Continuing a theme on how we can faithfully observe Advent, Fr. Rob talks about the incredible power of hope that comes from Isaiah's vision of the Peaceable Kingdom and what it would be to seek out the hopeless today.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on December 4, 2016.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0219.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:26am EST

Looking for a way to make a difference this Advent season?  Fr. Rob talks to an "open and affirming" congregation about what affirming really means, and how it could be an easy but meaningful way to recognize the season.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on November 27, 2016.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0218.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:26am EST

Fr. Rob speaks to the members of the congregation who are less vulnerable than others about the importance being compassionate and committed to those who are feeling threatened in the wake of this year's presidential election.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on November 13, 2016.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0217.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:43pm EST

At the evening service Fr. Rob shares the story of St. Willibrord, bishop of Utrecht, and how he exemplifies the unlikely qualities of saints in the Episcopal Church.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church at the 6:00 PM service.  Please note that the "parade of saints" at the 10:30 AM service does not have an audio recording, but photos can be seen on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TrinityLawrenceKS/

Direct download: 702_0216.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:26pm EST

Guest preacher Elizabeth Honeycutt shares her personal story of growing up in the Episcopal Church and finding purpose and joy in ministry.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon from September 25, 2016 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, KS.  You can find out more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0213.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:42pm EST

A convoluted and confusing parable about a crooked manager can be a word of encouragement to a church facing challenges.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on September 18, 2016.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0212.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:04am EST

Father Rob remakes the parable of the lost sheep as a way of talking about thankfulness and the Church.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on September 11, 2016  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0211.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:38am EST

Jesus' statement about not bringing peace "but a sword" could be a discouraging word to a society torn by internal strife and division.  But are we missing a greater point, and a compelling message to our own contribution to the problem?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on August 14, 2016.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0208.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:59pm EST

Fr. Rob takes issue with the recent spate of passages from various prophetic books in the Revised Common Lectionary and how their focus on God's displeasure ignores later more hopeful passages and the effect it has on our own understanding of both God and what it means to be a prophet.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0207.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:48pm EST

Deacon Rob Schwaller talks about the divinely-inspired community Koinonia and the glimpse we receive in the story of Mary and Martha.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by Dcn. Rob Schwaller at Trinity Episcopal Church on July 17, 2016. You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0206.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:59am EST

Rather than identify with the Good Samaritan (or even more self-critically, the priest or Levite), Fr. Rob suggests that we as a society are the wounded in the road, desperately in need of the radical hospitality of the outsider.

Direct download: 702_0205.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:35am EST

In recognition of the Episcopal Church's call to have a "preach in" on the subject of gun violence in our society, especially with children as victims, Fr. Rob talks about safe gun ownership, mental health issues, and the false idolatry of gun ownership in our society from a Christian perspective.

Direct download: 702_0202.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:57pm EST

Fr. Rob talks about the mystery of the Trinity in terms of what we know, what is impossible, and the one step beyond that. 

This podcast is the recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on Trinity Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

 

Direct download: 702_0200.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:45pm EST

Fr. Rob relates a conversation from the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry on the topic "tell me about God," as a way to introduce the holiday of Pentecost and the origins of the Church.

This podcast is a copy of the sermon recorded by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church on Pentecost Sunday, May 15, 2016.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0199.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:32pm EST

While Jesus' question to the paralytic at Bethsaeda might seem curious, all too often we find ourselves comfortable and unwilling to leave behind our un-wellness.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on May 1, 2016.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0197.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:23am EST

While the Bible might be short on details about what Heaven is like, two qualities stand out.  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev.  Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on April 24, 2016.

You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0196.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:57am EST

What can you do to help build a place in your life to experience the Resurrection of Jesus Christ?  Well, what did Mary and the others do Easter morning?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawerence, Kansas on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016.

You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0193.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:57pm EST

Sometimes the moments in which we encounter the Resurrection don't occur in the brightness of Easter morning, but during the darkness of the night.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawerence, Kansas at the Easter Vigil, March 26, 2016.

You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0192.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:02pm EST

Can we conceive of a theology of Good Friday that doesn't involve either an abusive or incomprehensible motivation by God?
This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on Good Friday, March 25, 2016 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0191.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:13pm EST

How can letting go of the identities we place on ourselves help us serve others as Christ's disciples?  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on March 24, 2016, Maundy Thursday, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.

You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0190.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:07pm EST

Within the story of the crucifixion of Jesus we find the least attractive, least noble qualities of humanity.  Fr. Rob outlines three of them and how they continue to manifest themselves in our own society, and how the cross of Christ is laid up against them.

This podcast is a copy of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin on Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can find out more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0189.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:23pm EST

An unexpected guest, a toy shark, and a timely Gospel passage remind each one of us about the message to us in the parable of the Prodigal Son.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on March 6, 2016.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0187.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:32pm EST

Another frequent question, even controversy in the Church is the struggle to reconcile the idea of a good and loving God in the face of terrible disasters.  But when confronted with this question, Jesus instead chooses to flip the question around to not where God is in the those moments, but where we are instead.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on February 28, 2016.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0186.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:05pm EST

The temptations Jesus faced in the wilderness illustrate the primal, fundamental forces that influence our own turning away from God.  These can be summed up by a mindset of scarcity, against which is the abundance of God's love.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence. Kansas on February 14, 2016.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0184.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:42pm EST

Cynicism, sarcasm, and world-weariness can often keep us from hearing the Gospel message.  Jesus encountered his own share of snarkiness in his own home town, but we learn that the Gospel perseveres.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Church in Lawrence, Kansas on January 31, 2016. You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

 

Direct download: 702_0182.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:21am EST

The metaphor of the Church as the Body of Christ illustrates to us both the need for diversity and a living, vibrant faith.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on January 24, 2016.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0181.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:41am EST

In addition to off-handedly sharing a weird dream he had, Fr. Rob talks about baptism, it's sacramental quality, and his theory about why Jesus was baptized.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on January 10, 2016 at Trinity Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0180.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:27am EST

Father Rob talks about how important even one conversation is for God.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on December 24th at the 10:30 PM service.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0177.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:04am EST

Mary is a figure who has captured the imagination of countless Christians, but what is it about Mary as a person that makes her so special?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, KS on December 20, 2015.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0176.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:59pm EST

How would John the Baptist suggest you celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on December 13, 2015. You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0175.wma
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Father Rob connects an unlikely pair of events: the draft of new members of a roller derby league and Christ the King Sunday.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on November 22, 2015.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0174.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:02pm EST

Father Rob expresses concern that the greatest peril facing our society today isn't a particular religious group, nation, or ideology, but rather the growth of a radical fringe on all sides dedicated to xenophobia, bloodshed, and destruction.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on November 15, 2015.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0173.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

If we can agree that people in extreme poverty shouldn't fall into more extreme poverty as a result of their contributing to a church, then what is the core message behind Jesus' observation of the wealthy and the poor widow making contributions to the temple?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on November 8, 2015.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0172.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:14pm EST

All sorts of attempts have been made by Christians to avoid a very inconvenient truth: Jesus' vision of the ideal lifestyle for his disciple is radical, voluntary poverty.

Having chosen not to walk that path but instead a much more spiritually perilous one, how can we as Christians try to live as best as we can?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on October 11, 2015.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0167.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:28am EST

What makes a person great?  What makes a church great?  In Jesus' instruction to the disciples, ministering to children, and the kind of people like children in Jesus' time, is how we can truly be great.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0166.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 5:02pm EST

Jesus' treatment of the Syrophoenician woman raises a lot of questions about what might have been going on in Jesus' mind.  Fr. Rob offers two possible rationales as to what might be going on, while acknowledging that this passage is problematic for many.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on September 6, 2015.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0164.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 4:08pm EST