Trinity Episcopal Church Lawrence, Kansas (Sermons)

Fr. Rob shared the Presiding Bishop's program, called "The Way of Love" and how we might live into it in a tangible way at Trinity Church.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on October 20, 2019 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0348.mp3
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The author of the first letter to Timothy suggests that a life of "godliness and contentment" has much to offer.  But how does one get that kind of life?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin On September 29, 2019 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.   You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0347.mp3
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Trinity Church recognized the secular observance of Alzheimer's Awareness Day (September 21) with a special message from Fr. Rob and anthem from the parish choir.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on September 22, 2019 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0345.mp3
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Paul's letter to Philemon is one that has a troubling history in the American South.  Fr. Rob unpacks this story and how we as Christians all have the responsibility to bear the less-than-Christian aspects of Church history.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on September 8, 2019 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0344.mp3
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The rewards of radical hospitality come up against the real-world challenges of dealing with Lawrence's homeless community in this all-too-real sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence Kansas on September 1, 2019.

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

Direct download: 702_0343.mp3
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The passage from Hebrews talks about various momentous events accomplished by people of faith, but Sunday we celebrate a possibly even more momentous event in the baptism of the Medlock family.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0342.mp3
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Back from vacation, Fr. Rob relates how he spent some of his time to the notion of why putting your relationship with God first doesn't diminish all the other relationships you have in your life.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on August 11, 2019 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0341.mp3
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Jesus' disciples asked him to teach them how to pray, and the prayer he taught became one of the most famous in the world.  Fr. Rob unpacks in detail the significance behind one of the lines of the Lord's Prayer: "give us this day our daily bread."

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on July 28, 2019.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0340.mp3
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The seemingly paradoxical comments by Paul in his letter to Galatians regarding people's burdens and loads actually outlines a detailed way to love one another respectfully, healthily, and faithfully.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on July 7, 2019.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0339.mp3
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How can you respond to a call to ordained ministry?  Not as a deacon, priest, or bishop, but as a faithful disciple doing what God had chosen for you to do?  It helps to do what Elisha did when Elijah shared his call to be a prophet.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on June 30, 2019 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0338.mp3
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While many of us pray to God, how many of us spend time listening for the still, small voice that Elijah heard?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on June 23, 2019 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0337.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:07am EDT

The theological concept of the Trinity often brings bafflement and consternation, or perhaps eventually acceptance.  But can it also provide comfort, relief, and peace?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on Trinity Sunday, June 16, 2019, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.

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

Direct download: 702_0336.mp3
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Before he was a priest, Father Rob contacted three churches in the city of Akron, Ohio: a big one, a small one, and a medium-sized one.  These encounters got him thinking this year about Pentecost, and how it truly is the birthday 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 Pentecost Sunday, June 9, 2019.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0335.mp3
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Inspired by the kind words of Paul and Silas, Fr. Rob approaches the sensitive topic of suicide in our community and the ways we as a church can respond to this health care crisis.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on Sunday, June 2, 2019.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0334.mp3
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Father Rob answers questions from the congregation on a variety of topics from small details in Gospel stories to thought about how churches change.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on May 19, 2019.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0333.mp3
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After laboring all day and night and catching nothing, Jesus manages to enable the disciples to try casting out their nets one more time.  How is Jesus helping you persevere when it feels like you can not go on?

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

Direct download: 702_0332.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:17am EDT

For a man who spent most of his life as a disciple and missionary to East Asia, Thomas still gets the bad rap of being "doubting" Thomas.  But Thomas also authentically acknowledged his failure to understand, his questions, and his needs.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinty Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on Sunday, April 28, 2019.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0331.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:10pm EDT

The empty tomb of Christ presents an opportunity to de-clutter our spiritual lives.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019.  You can learn about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0330.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:33am EDT

You wouldn't think that photoelectricity and physics would have a lot to do with Easter, but learning how light really works gives us fresh insight into what it means for Jesus to be called the light of the world.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at the Easter Vigil, April 20, 2019 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org.

Direct download: 702_0329.mp3
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Why does the Holy Land look it does, and what does it mean that the cross ended up there?  And, in a change in Good Friday liturgy, the entire congregation is invited to carry the cross into 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 Good Friday, April 19, 2019.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0328.mp3
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How do we understand the celebration of Palm Sunday vis a vis the remainder of Holy Week, including Jesus' betrayal and death?  Fr. Rob presents a way to embrace Palm Sunday as part of the rest of the story in this Palm Sunday sermon.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on Sunday, April 14, 2019  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0327.mp3
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Father Rob issues a challenge for a congregation-wide repentance during the season of Lent.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on Sunday, April 7, 2019.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0326.mp3
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The temptations facing Jesus were not just the result of loneliness and hunger from being in the wilderness for forty days; they each speak to a profound existential anxiety we all face in our lives.  How does the Gospel respond to each of these fears?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on March 10, 2019.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0323.mp3
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The consecration of the new bishop of the Diocese of Kansas, the Rt. Rev. Cathleen Chittenden Bascom, was an event not only historically noteworthy, but liturgically spectacular.  The Transfiguration of Christ was significantly more noteworthy and spectacular, and also reminds us of where we should be going, and where we should not tarry in our mission for Christ.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on March 3, 2019.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0322.mp3
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Sometimes the aspects of Christian discipleship seem impossible to achieve.  But what would happen if we could just do it once?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Church in Lawrence, Kansas on February 24, 2019.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.og

Direct download: 702_0321.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:19pm EDT

As we welcome our newest member, Everest Irene, into the Church, how are we to reconcile the beatific qualities of poverty, hunger, lamentation, and ridicule to a newborn infant?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on February 17, 2019.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0320.mp3
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Fr. Rob challenges the congregation to find a way to be a part of a new miracle at Trinity, including the critical portion of envisioning what that miracle may be.

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

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Fr. Rob noticed that his experiences with his new 3D printer he got for Christmas reminded him a lot about our struggles with life, both in its unexpected nature and its obvious solutions.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on January 13, 2019.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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A Christmas wreath appearing mysteriously on his door gives Fr. Rob the chance to reflect on all the people who give of their time and effort over the holidays without recognition and the Lord who did the same Christmas Day and today.

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

Direct download: 702_0313.mp3
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Fr. Rob suggests that there are two types of gift givers: those who give "packages" and those who give "experiences."  Both types are reflected in the gift 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 Christmas Eve, December 24, 2018.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0312.mp3
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Fr. Rob discusses the 2019 Mission Plan and the responses that had already been expressed among the congregation to the Vestry about it.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on December 23, 2018 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0311.mp3
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 EDT

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
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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
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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
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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
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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 EDT

"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 EDT

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 EDT

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
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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 EDT

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
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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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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
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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 EDT

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 EDT

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
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:09pm EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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

Direct download: 702_0264.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:59am EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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

Direct download: 702_0256.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:43am EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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

Direct download: 702_0232.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:41am EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT