Trinity Episcopal Church Lawrence, Kansas

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
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:54pm EST

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

Direct download: 702_0279.mp3
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

Direct download: 702_0277.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:03pm EST

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
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:43pm EST

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

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