Sermons

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

XX Pentecost

October 22, 2017
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN. I am going to take a little chance this morning and tread on some territory that I do not often tread. I want to talk a little bit about some things about political science and about taxes. Since we have a two party system, we do not have the same issues that arise in a parliamentary system of government. In a...Read More

XIX Penecost

October 15, 2017
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. It took me 15 years from the time that I felt God’s call to the ordained life to get to the point when I was finally ordained. At the first high school class reunion after my ordination I wanted everyone to know that I had finally made it. So I decided that I was going to show up with my clericals on. Needless to...Read More

XVIII Pentecost

October 8, 2017
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN. During the course of this summer, the Old Testament readings have been taking us through the major stories of the Old Testament.  We are now at the point in the Old Testament in which the Chosen People of God are going to enter the Promised Land.  But before they enter, God gives them the Ten...Read More