Sermons

Epiphany Sunday

January 7, 2018
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. AMEN. “Then, opening their treasurers, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.” Today, I have probably done something that liturgically I am not supposed to do.  I have transferred the Feast of the Epiphany to Sunday.  But, Epiphany is a forgotten feast in our society.  As Barry...Read More

Christmas Eve/Christmas Day

December 24, 2017
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. AMEN. Why does Christmas come each year?  Of course, the obvious answer is because there is a calendar.  And on the calendar, there is the date of December 25th.  And this is why Christmas comes each year. Why does Christmas come each year?  Another answer is the bottom line.  After all, we live in...Read More

IV Advent

December 24, 2017
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN. As many of you know, I am a member of the Society of Mary – a devotional society within the Episcopal Church.  I am also a priest associate of the Anglican Shrine of our Lady of Walsingham in England.  I have a love and devotion to The Blessed Virgin Mary.  This morning’s Gospel Lesson...Read More

II Advent

December 10, 2017
This Sunday, we began with a meditation.  This was followed by a time of confession and then Prayer, Laying on of Hands and Annointing ...   Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths to begin to center yourself.  Now make those cleansing breaths a part of your normal way of breathing and sit quietly for just a few moments. I want you to begin to imagine the place where...Read More

I Advent

December 3, 2017
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen Today the season of Advent begins. This is the time of year when I feel as if someone is pulling on both of my arms and tugging me in different directions. Let me speak a little bit about that. As a liturgical Christian, I think that it is important for us to keep a holy Advent. Let me take a moment in unpacked...Read More

XXIV Pentecost

November 19, 2017
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Last year, I had a conversation with one of the pastors of a large, local, and growing Church. We talked about how they started the church. They started by interviewing 1500 people with a very simple questionnaire. The first question was whether or not the person attended to church. If the person answered no then the...Read More

XXIII Pentecost

November 12, 2017
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN. Somehow we get it into our heads that everything that Jesus taught was nice.  That everything that Jesus taught was easy to hear.  This is not necessarily the case.  We have had several examples in recent weeks. Just a few weeks ago, we read about the parable of the workers in the field in which people...Read More

Sunday after All Saints'

November 5, 2017
And the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Many years ago when I began at Bangor Seminary, the policy at the Seminary was that everyone was referred to by their first name -- including the president!  All that changed when a friend of mine became one of the vice-presidents at the Seminary. She was a very proper person and felt that she should be referred...Read More