Princeton University Religious Life

Sermon Archive

2015-16 Sermons

We invite you to reflect upon these sermons, offered at the Sunday morning service at the Princeton University Chapel. We hope that you find them to be a resource to you in your own spiritual journey.

November 1, 2015

            It is All Saints Day, so let’s reflect together upon the saints, upon sainthood, for those officially recognized as saints, those who could or should be, those humble folks we’ve known who never will be thus recognized, and let’s even reflect upon ourselves!

October 18, 2015

I must begin this sermon with a spoiler alert.  If any of you are accompanying young (or not so young!) people to whose house the tooth fairy still visits, you may want to distract those persons for the next 30 seconds.

October 4, 2015

There are, as you may know, two very different accounts of creation in the opening chapters of Genesis.  The first is the beautiful, liturgical language that we know so well of the six days, or stages, of creation: “and there was evening and there was morning, the third day.” In that version of creation human beings are created in one act, in the image of God, “male and female” says the text.  A second account of creation begins in the middle of the fourth verse of chapter...

September 20, 2015

We are in our second week of lectionary readings from the Letter of James.  This is a letter, as you may know, that was dismissed with insults by Martin Luther, who saw it as proclaiming that good works are salvific, when Mr.

September 13, 2015

When I was a freshman in college my mother gave me a poetry textbook that she had had in college, and I’ve enjoyed it constantly since.  One of the poems I first cottoned on to is by Carl Sandburg, and it reads:

“Look out how you use proud words.

When you let proud words go, it is not easy to call them back.

They wear long boots, hard hats; they walk off proud; they can’t hear you calling –

Look out how you...