Sermons

Gaudete, Rejoice, Joy

An interesting encounter with John the Baptist here in the Prologue to the Fourth Gospel.  He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light . . . [1] This is the testimony given by …

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The Way of Love

Last week, on the First Sunday of Advent, we lit the candle of Hope. The Second Advent candle is the candle of Love. Our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, is always talking about “The Way of Love”. The Christian way, the Christian path, is to love: to love God, to love our neighbor, and to love ourselves.  A …

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Despair or Hope?

On this First Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of hope. Here in the darkest season of the year, as the days get shorter and shorter—we look for signs of hope, for light—for bright days and bright hearts. As the collect for today puts it: “Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the …

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All Saints

This is a special time in the church year that we pause to remember. But today we don’t so much recall an event from the Bible or from the history of the Church or even a theological principal or doctrine. Today we remember people: grandparents, parents, spouses, children, dear friends and relatives who are no …

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God Knows Your Name

Our first reading this morning is presented as a dialogue between God and Moses. Moses was up on Mt. Sinai asking for God to be always present with him and his people. And God replied, “I will do the very thing that you have asked; for you have found favor in my sight, and I know …

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Change of Clothes

Garrison Keillor used to open in his monologue on Prairie Home Companion: “It’s been a quiet week in Lake Woebegone.” But the world beyond that fictional town in Minnesota has been anything but quiet this week.  It’s overwhelming.  I’m getting to the point that I don’t want to open the newspaper or turn on the news. …

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Ten Is A Gift

It’s a common criticism that we Episcopalians don’t provide adequate Bible content in the church school programs. The problems of society in general and of many of our younger people in particular are blamed on the church, which (quote) “no longer teach the basics.” (unquote).  At a social event some years ago, a woman with …

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Forgive Debts

Some of you have heard me describe the time that I visited Yellowstone National Park. It was the summer of the year 2000. A serious forest fire had burned in the park the previous summer which had been let to burn out of control. I attended a Park Ranger’s lecture on forest fires where I …

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A School for Neighbor Loving

In the Epistle to the Romans, St. Paul recounts for us the summary of the law, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” This is found in both the Jewish Torah[1] and in the sayings of Jesus, recorded in all three synoptic Gospels: Matthew, Mark, and Luke.[2] Paul is describing for the Romans the new life in Christ. …

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Holy Ground

From September 1 to October 4 (the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi), Christians around the world mark the Season of Creation, a relatively recent development in the liturgical calendar.  The practice began in 1989 when Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I proclaimed September 1 a day of prayer for the environment. In 2000, a Lutheran congregation …

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