Sermons

Palm Sunday

April 14, 2019
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN. I consider myself to be a bit of a news junky!  When I am able, I usually watch BBC news at 5:30 on PBS, ABC news at 6:30, and NHK news from Japan at 7:00.  One of the things that I have noticed and has concerned me is that the news at 6:30 it seems to be very focused on America.  What particularly...Read More

V Lent

April 7, 2019
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. Imagine you are walking down a path deep into the forest.  Take a moment to get your bearings.  You can see the path go deeper into the forest.  The trees are thick.  There are...Read More

III Lent

March 24, 2019
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. AMEN. I have thought recently that it would be interesting to look into linguistics – the study of languages.  I like learning about different languages, and have learned bits and pieces of a number of languages.  Unfortunately, I am not fluent in any language but English. The problem is the way in which we...Read More

I Lent

March 10, 2019
Each year when we return from our Diocesan Convention, our delegation gives reflections on various aspects of Convention.  Since our delegation to Convention was smaller this year – Jerry Freeman, Andrew Cropper, and me – it seems to make sense to have me give you an overview of the three days Convention.  When I am finished, I invite anyone else from the Parish...Read More

VI Epiphany

February 17, 2019
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. AMEN. I do not know about you, but there is one big question that came to my mind as I read the Beatitudes this week – “How?”  How are people going to be blessed in these things?  People who are poor and hungry and weeping rarely feel blessed.  People who hated and reviled definitely do not...Read More

V Epiphany

February 10, 2019
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN. The movie Amadeus focuses on the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – seen through the eyes of one of his contemporary composers, Antonio Salieri.  One of my favorite scenes is when Salieri – who was the composer to the Hapsburg Court has just presented the King with a new piece of music. ...Read More

The Presentation (Transferred)

February 3, 2019
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. AMEN. Today we remember the Feast of the Presentation.  The gospel lesson that I read just a moment ago recounts for us the day that Mary and Joseph fulfilled the law and took the baby Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem.  During the course of this reading we encountered two people who had been waiting for the Messiah...Read More

Conversion of St. Paul (Transferred)

January 27, 2019
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  AMEN. “Wherefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those at Damascus, then at Jerusalem and throughout all the country of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God and perform deeds worthy of their repentance.” This is how...Read More