Trinity Episcopal Church Lawrence, Kansas

Trinity celebrates the feast day of St. Nicholas, patron saint of children, sailors, thieves, and pawnbrokers, but also a notorious participant in the Council of Nicea, according to legend.  Fr. Rob shares some of these stories and why the Council of Nicea's decisions were so important to the Church.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity, Lawrence on December 9, 2019.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0354.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:37am EST

Fr. Rob's introduction to the Advent season calls to us try to observe the unfolding of the Kingdom of God as we await the celebration of its fulfillment.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on December 1, 2019.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0353.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:54am EST

Christ the King Sunday is not just the end of the liturgical year, but tells us something about how all of creation will end up.

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

Direct download: 702_0352.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:58am EST

Is Paul's invective regarding those who do not work not being allowed to eat a suggestion for public social policy, or a stern warning to "consumer Christians"?

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

Direct download: 702_0351.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:46am EST

Speculation about the afterlife abounds, evidenced by not only dozens of movies but at least one question from the Sadduccees (regardless of actual intent).  But while Jesus remains vague on details, he is strong on a few critical points.

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

Direct download: 702_0350.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:17am EST

The story of the Pharisee and the tax collector in the temple is a story about truth: how we see ourselves, how others see us, and ultimately how God sees us always.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on October 27, 2019.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0349.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:29pm EST

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
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm EST

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
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:26am EST

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
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:32am EST

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
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:44am EST

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
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:42am EST

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
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:40am EST

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
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:10pm EST

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
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm EST

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
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:28pm EST

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
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:41pm EST

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 EST

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
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:29pm EST

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
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:45pm EST

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
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:13am EST

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
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:46pm EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:20am EST

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
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:03pm EST

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
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:56pm EST

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
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:35pm EST

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
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:35pm EST

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
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:56pm EST

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 EST

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
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:22pm EST

While the passage from 1 Corinthians is a familiar staple of weddings, what about people we struggle to 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 3, 2019.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0319.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

Direct download: 702_0316.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:35pm EST

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

Direct download: 702_0315.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:05pm EST

Is there a difference between "knowing" the Word of God and "receiving" the Word of God?  Because in the beginning of John, we have only really done the second.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on December 30, 2018 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.

Direct download: 702_0314.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:09pm EST

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
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:39pm EST

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
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:28pm EST

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
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:24pm EST

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