Sermons and Messages

Email Trouble?

We are aware that a large number of parishioners are not receiving emails from the church, such as The Broadcast and Prayer Requests. We currently utilize an email service provider, Constant Contact, that makes it easy for us to create . . .

Called by Name

Sermon at Christ Church on September 3, 2017 “Get behind me, Satan! You’re a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” Pretty harsh words to Peter, lead disciple—equating him . . .

Lay Eucharistic Visitors

Our Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEV’s) take the sacrament of the bread and the wine to people who cannot be with us for regular worship: shut-ins at home, folk in hospitals, people in nursing care and hospice. I recently received the . . .

Hurricane Relief and Football

The devastation from Hurricane Harvey in Texas continues as I write this on the twelfth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina (August 29). Flooding is now moving into Louisiana. You can help by contributing to Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD). ERD sends . . .

Sermon for July 2, 2017

In Christian circles our first reading this morning is misnamed as the “Sacrifice of Isaac.” But Isaac was not sacrificed. Abraham’s hand was stayed. In fact, we’ll never know whether Abraham would have killed his son had the angel not . . .

AWE

  Fourth Sunday of Easter–May 7, 2017 Many of us have been amazed recently by a picture of earth taken through Saturn’s rings. It was captured by a camera aboard the Cassini Spacecraft. It shows several very large rings and . . .

Sanctuary

Sermon preached at Christ Church on January 29, 2017 8 Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. 9He said to his people, ‘Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and more powerful than we. 10Come, let us deal . . .

Gone Fishin’

  Third Sunday after the Epiphany January 22, 2017     Many of you come to church today with heavy hearts. Others hopeful and optimistic with the inauguration of a new president. Hardly anyone I’ve talked with recently is neutral. . . .

Indivisable

“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make . . .

Trouble in Paradise

  November 13, 2016 Every Tuesday morning I’m asked by the Parish Administrator for the title of the coming Sunday’s sermon. Last Tuesday was no exception. I looked at the scriptures assigned for this morning about dismantling of the holy . . .

The Long Game

  The other news story this week was the announcement that Bob Dylan won this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature. Now regardless of the debate over the quality of Dylan’s singing ability, there should be little controversy about his literary . . .

9/11

It was my Senior year of high school. Stockholm, Sweden, where I was an exchange student. One of my classmates invited me to his family’s Friday night dinner. When I told my host parents what I was planning, they became . . .

A Better Country

  Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 14C – August 7, 2016   The title for this sermon is A Better Country. I take it from the letter to the Hebrews. The author of this New Testament epistle, referring to Abraham and other . . .

Easter Untamed

  Out of curiosity the other day, I read all four gospel accounts of the first Easter morning. I read them in the order in which they were written. Mark has just 8 verses in which he says that several . . .

Palm Sunday Sermon

“As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. As he was approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for . . .

Christmas Schedule

December 24: Christmas Eve 7:00 p.m.     Music Preludes 7:30 p.m.     Festival Holy Eucharist with Choir 9:00 p,m,     Wassail Bowl Feast in the Parish Hall   December 25: Christmas Day 10:30 a.m.     Quiet Holy Eucharist (no music)   December 26: Saturday . . .

BE OPEN

We have a fascinating text today from Mark’s Gospel. It tells about the only occasion in the Christian scriptures where someone argued with Jesus and won. Jesus was apparently trying to take a vacation. He’d left Jewish territory and gone . . .

Holy Squirrel

This sermon was preached on Sunday, August 23, 2015, at Triangle Park, Dayton, Ohio, at an ecumenical service with Christ Episcopal Church, First Baptist Church, and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. I used to live and work in Bath, Maine. Bath is the . . .