Sermons

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

VI Easter

May 6, 2018
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.  AMEN. I had a friend in seminary who was from the Deep South.  He was a rather quiet fellow, who did not say much.  He often kept to himself.  At times, he would look at me and say, “Boy, what’s to stop me from kicking your behind?”  My response was “Nothing!” ...Read More

IV Easter

April 22, 2018
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN. I know that this is not Trinity Sunday, but I want to begin this morning with our understanding of God as Trinity.  The story is told that St. Patrick used the shamrock as a teaching tool to talk about the Trinity – that the shamrock is three leaves, and yet it is one leaf. We believe that God is three and...Read More

III Easter

April 15, 2018
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. AMEN. Let me begin with a few verses from our readings this morning: From the Acts of the Apostles, St. Peter ends his discourse with the people by saying, “Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord…” In the Epistle...Read More

Easter Day

April 1, 2018
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. AMEN. “And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to any one, for they were afraid.” Let’s just say it!  Today is April Fools’ Day, and today is Easter Day.  For much of the world around us, it is apropos. ...Read More

Good Friday

March 30, 2018
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. AMEN. When I was growing up in the United Church of Christ, several of the U.C.C. Churches in my home town would get together on Good Friday and hold a three hour service in which there would be sermons on the seven last words of Jesus.  These seven last words, or perhaps more appropriately phrases, of Jesus are...Read More

V Lent

March 18, 2018
This Sunday, we had an "interactive sermon".  The first part of the sermon (below) was a meditation which included an examination of conscience.  This was followed by a Confession Rite, and then the congregation was invited forward for prayer, laying on of hands, and anointing for healing. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths to begin to center yourself.  Now...Read More