Sermons

XV Pentecost

September 17, 2017
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. AMEN. When I was a seminarian at Nashotah House, we ate our meals in the Refectory.  The menu was set by the kitchen staff.  There were choices, but they were given to us by the kitchen.  The Dean at the time required that the choices on Fridays would not have any meat – observing the old Catholic...Read More

XIV Pentecost

September 10, 2017
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN. As most of you know, I spent my vacation with family and friends in Pennsylvania.  I was able to go several times to Lancaster County.  My Mom pointed out that Mennonites are able to ride bicycles, and most Amish use two wheeled scooters. I once saw a program in which people who grew up, but left the Amish...Read More

XI Pentecost

August 20, 2017
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. AMEN. Her name was Deb.  It was thirty years ago when I entered Bangor Seminary.  She was one of the Episcopal students at a seminary of the United Church of Christ.  I had grown up in the United Church of Christ, and was trying to find a U.C.C. church to attend while in seminary.  I was attending a...Read More

X Pentecost

August 13, 2017
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN. Recently I rented an interesting movie called “Denial”.  It was based on the true story of a woman who was a professor.  Her primary field of study was the Holocaust.  In the movie she was being sued by a man whom she had written about in her book, only briefly.  This was an historian...Read More

Feast of the Transfiguration (Pentecost IX)

August 6, 2017
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. AMEN. This year, the Feast of the Transfiguration falls on a Sunday and we celebrate it today!  This Feast Day remembers what has been to me a puzzling event recorded in the Gospels.  It tells of a moment when Jesus, having with Him a select group of disciples – Peter, James, and John – is praying and...Read More

VIII Pentecost

July 30, 2017
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. AMEN. I was drawn this morning to the lessons from Genesis.  It is truly a love story.  For Jacob, it had been love at first sight.  From the first time he saw Rachel he fell in love with her. In this morning’s lesson, we see that Jacob approaches Rachel’s Father Laban.  He and Laban begin a...Read More

VII Pentecost

July 23, 2017
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN. Have you ever noticed that no matter how hot and dry it gets?  No matter how brown and dead the grass is.  No matter how much time you must spend watering flowers to keep them alive in the heat.  The weeds seem to keep on growing. Just walking over to the Church from the Rectory, you can see the grass is...Read More

VI Pentecost

July 16, 2017
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. AMEN. Many years ago, I heard the story which took place at a college of one of the two famous University’s in England – either Oxford of Cambridge.  It was so long ago that I forget which University, but that is not important for the purposes of the story. It seems that one of the buildings which had been built...Read More