Sermons

VIII Pentecost

July 15, 2018
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. AMEN. This morning’s Gospel lesson is a familiar, albeit sad story – the beheading of     St. John the Baptist.  When I am given a familiar story to read, I am often drawn to a new and different way to approach the story.  That is what happened this week. I was drawn to King Herod --...Read More

VII Pentecost

July 8, 2018
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN. I begin with a story.  I withhold the name of the person.  You will understand why in a moment. I worked with her on a committee in the Diocese.  She was dedicated to the work of the committee and was very good at organizing.  She had wonderful ideas.  I thought that I knew her well. ...Read More

VI Pentecost (Feast of Sts. Peter & Paul [Transferred])

July 1, 2018
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. AMEN. A Pharisee and the fisherman.  Today we celebrate the feast of St. Peter and St. Paul.  As I thought about these two pillars of the Church, I was drawn to their differences.  Let me share some of the information that I got through a quick search on the internet. Paul was born in the renowned...Read More

V Pentecost

June 24, 2018
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN. Christians often view the Old Testament through the lens of the New Testament.  When we do this, it is not clear that the original authors of the Books of the Old Testament intended to be speaking about Jesus.  But, nonetheless, we Christians find Jesus in many of the stories of the...Read More

III Pentecost

June 10, 2018
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN. For nearly two thousand years, the Church has looked to the Blessed Virgin Mary as the greatest example of someone who was willing to give all to the Lord.  The collect for the Feast of the Visitation (which we celebrated just two weeks ago) sums it up well: “Father in heaven, by whose grace the virgin...Read More

Solemnity of Corpus Christi (II Pentecost)

June 3, 2018
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. AMEN. I would like to begin this morning with a certain period of time during Holy Week.  It is not a liturgy – although the liturgies of Holy Week are extremely significant.  What I would like to talk about is a time in between two of the liturgies of Holy Week.  Specifically, I am talking about the time...Read More

Whitsunday (Pentecost)

May 20, 2018
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. AMEN. I want to begin this morning with some of the words from the Sacrament of Holy Baptism as found in our current Prayer Book.  In this liturgy we say: “We thank you, Father, for the water of Baptism. In it we are buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in his resurrection. Through it we are reborn by...Read More

Sunday after the Ascension

May 13, 2018
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. AMEN. They do not have church buildings, but instead meet in their homes.  A gathering of Amish Christians come together with a purpose – to elect their bishop, their leader.  The names of several men are put forth.  Each name is written down and put into a Bible.   The Bibles are then presented...Read More