Sermons and Messages Blind Bart, Who Was Not Always Blind – 23rd Sunday After Pentecost By: admin November 2, 2018 Sermons and Messages A sermon planned to be preached by the Rev. Joanna Leiserson at Christ Episcopal Church in Dayton, Ohio on Saturday-Sunday, October 27-28, 2018. Job 42:1-6, 10-16; Psalm 34:1-22; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10:46-52 I buried one of my cats recently. . . . God’s Table Manners – 16th Sunday After Pentecost By: admin September 10, 2018 Sermons and Messages 9-9-18 Sermon Saying Goodbye – 14th Sunday After Pentecost By: admin August 26, 2018 Sermons and Messages Baptism Sunday – 13th Sunday after Pentecost By: admin August 19, 2018 Sermons and Messages 8-19-18 Sermon 12th Sunday After Pentecost By: admin August 12, 2018 Sermons and Messages Sing a New Song – 11th Sunday after Pentecost By: admin August 5, 2018 Sermons and Messages Fish and Bread – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 12B By: admin July 29, 2018 Sermons and Messages King Herod the Great, whom we know as the wicked ruler at the time of the birth of Jesus, had several sons. One of them, Herod Antipas, was Tetrarch of Galilee from 4 B.C.E. until 39 C.E. He was the . . . Where is the Dwelling Place of God? – 8 Pentecost/Proper 11 By: admin July 22, 2018 Sermons and Messages About 3,000 years ago, give or take a few decades, the great king David established his capital city in Jerusalem. The prophet Nathan, speaking for God, told David: “Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a house . . . Why College Should Be Free – Summer Intern Current Events Reflection 2 By: admin July 17, 2018 Sermons and Messages A college education has become a necessity in today’s society. Students throughout the country are concentrating on their academics and are endeavoring to receive perfect grades in order to receive a good enough scholarship to attend college. Financing each . . . Climate: Care for Our Common Home – 8th Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 10B By: admin July 15, 2018 Sermons and Messages “Care for Our Common Home,” is the title of Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change, which was issued several years ago. Of course, there was immediate criticism of the Pope for getting involved in economics and science—he was told that . . . Seventh Sunday after Pentecost/Proper 9B By: admin July 8, 2018 Sermons and Messages The other day I picked up a little volume that is a history of First Methodist Church in Lawrence, Kansas, where my great-great Grandfather was pastor for a time. He had the improbable name of George Washington Paddock. Born in . . . A Matter of Fair Balance – Sixth Sunday after the Feast of Pentecost/Proper 8B By: admin July 1, 2018 Sermons and Messages I invite you think with me about the relationship between religious faith and our country. We’re gathered here in church on a Sunday morning, as we contemplate and anticipate the Fourth of July celebration this coming Wednesday. Of course, when . . . I Really Care, Do You? – Summer Intern Current Events Reflection 1 By: admin June 26, 2018 Sermons and Messages I really care, do you? The topic of immigration in America has been a very recurrent issue lately. As many of you may know, Trump’s new immigration policy consists of separating immigrant families from one another. While the parents are . . . CHAOS! – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 7B By: admin June 24, 2018 Sermons and Messages It’s a frightful thing to be caught in a storm. On Tuesday afternoon I was in the office when we were all caught off-guard by a sudden clap of thunder that shook the building. I glanced outside where it was . . . World Refugee Day 2018 – A Message from The Right Reverend Michael Curry By: admin June 21, 2018 Sermons and Messages World Refugee Day 2018 | Episcopal Church I Never Get It Right – 4th Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 6B By: admin June 17, 2018 Sermons and Messages A young lady came to the church office the other day asking for the pastor. I owned up the fact that I was the pastor. Before we were all the way into the office, she began her refrain: “I never . . . Lord of the Flies – Third Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 5B By: admin June 10, 2018 Sermons and Messages Let me do a quick check here to see how many of you have heard of the unforgivable sin? Can I have a show of hands? This text has been used to scare and frighten people over the centuries. In some . . . Lord of the Flies – Third Sunday after Pentecost By: admin June 10, 2018 Sermons and Messages Sermon 6-10-18 You can watch the entire sermon on our Facebook page by clicking here. Sabbath: A Day Off from The Rat Race – Second Sunday after Pentecost / Proper 4B By: admin June 3, 2018 Sermons and Messages Tom Long, writing in The Christian Century, shared the following reflection on sabbath keeping in his youth. My fore-bearers were Scots Presbyterians and fierce sabbath rule keepers. My grandmother cooked her lavish sabbath feasts on Saturdays, so the stove would not be . . . Sabbath: A Day Off From The Rat Race – Second Sunday after Pentecost By: admin June 3, 2018 Sermons and Messages Sermon 6-3-18 You can watch the entire sermon on our Facebook page by clicking here. John 3:16 Is Not A Slogan – Trinity Sunday By: admin May 27, 2018 Sermons and Messages Sermon 5-27-18 “John 3:16 is not a slogan.” – Trinity Sunday By: admin May 27, 2018 Sermons and Messages “John 3:16 is not a slogan.” “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” It’s one of the best-known verses in . . . Sad, Tired and Angry: A Prayer in the Face of Gun Violence By: admin May 18, 2018 Sermons and Messages By: James Martin, S.J. a Jesuit priest, and author. Found at: https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2017/10/02/sad-tired-and-angry-prayer-face-gun-violence Grape Vines and Jesus — Fifth Sunday of Easter By: admin April 30, 2018 Sermons and Messages Grape Vines and Jesus Jesus said: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more . . . A Sermon on Doubt — Second Sunday of Easter By: admin April 7, 2018 Sermons and Messages Doubting Thomas. You all know the story. We just heard it read once again. The heart of the matter was that the other disciples had encountered Jesus on Easter evening. They had evidence that Thomas didn’t have. And so he . . . Email Trouble? By: admin April 4, 2018 Sermons and Messages 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 . . . Christ the King, Sermon 11/26/17 By: admin March 30, 2018 Sermons and Messages Christ Episcopal Church Dayton, Ohio Last Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 29a November 26, 2017 This is the last Sunday of the Church Year. We begin each year by celebrating the coming of the Prince of Peace and . . . The Cross as the Revelation of Jesus By: admin March 18, 2018 Sermons and Messages Fifth Sunday in Lent – Year B March 18, 2018 Next Sunday is Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. We will remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, his Last Supper with the disciples, his arrest, trial, and death . . . Step Up Instead of Give Up for Lent 2018 By: admin January 31, 2018 Sermons and Messages Joining with The Living Beatitudes Community for Lenten Suppers/Study Tuesday, February 13, 6 pm, Pancake Supper and Lenten Focus Presentation and Discussion Tuesday, February 20, 6 pm, Soup and Bread followed by short video and discussion Wednesday, March 14, 6 . . . Christ the King Sermon 11/26/17 By: admin November 26, 2017 Sermons and Messages Christ Episcopal Church Dayton, Ohio Last Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 29a November 26, 2017 This is the last Sunday of the Church Year. We begin each year by celebrating the coming of the Prince of Peace and . . . Changing Lives at the Shelters By: admin October 30, 2017 Sermons and Messages Gary Kuziensky’s Message on Sunday, October 29 Waffle Shop is just a couple of weeks away – for those of you who have worked at Waffle Shop – you will remember that Tom Schaffer, after the prayers, says – I . . . Called by Name By: admin September 3, 2017 Sermons and Messages 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 By: admin August 29, 2017 Sermons and Messages 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 By: admin August 29, 2017 Sermons and Messages 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 . . . Exodus: Walking in the Wilderness By: admin August 29, 2017 Sermons and Messages Sermon preached on August 27 at Christ Church, Dayton For some months now our Bishop, Thomas Breidenthal, has been encouraging all of us in the Diocese of Southern Ohio to join together in what he is calling “A . . . Reflecting on Hatred: No Equivalency By: admin August 17, 2017 Sermons and Messages In reference to events in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend, I have heard a number of people suggest that there is fault on both sides and that there is some sort of equivalency between the groups that clashed. While it . . . Sermon for July 2, 2017 By: admin July 2, 2017 Sermons and Messages 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 . . . Exclusion and Inclusion By: admin May 16, 2017 Sermons and Messages Is it alright to include some and to exclude others? One answer comes to us from The Westminster Confession: The only redeemer of God’s elect is the Lord Jesus Christ. Others, not elected, although they may be called by the . . . AWE By: admin May 6, 2017 Sermons and Messages 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 By: admin January 31, 2017 Sermons and Messages 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’ By: admin January 24, 2017 Sermons and Messages 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 By: admin January 15, 2017 Sermons and Messages “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 By: admin November 13, 2016 Sermons and Messages 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 . . . Are Zombies Real? Zacchaeus and Grace By: admin October 31, 2016 Sermons and Messages There’s a Halloween story that comes from the early 16th Century. The year was 1517. It was on Halloween, All Hallows Eve, the day before the feast of All Saints’ Day that Martin Luther posted his 95 theses for . . . The Long Game By: admin October 17, 2016 Sermons and Messages 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 By: admin September 10, 2016 Sermons and Messages 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 By: admin August 8, 2016 Sermons and Messages 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 . . . Faith and the Public Square By: admin August 8, 2016 Sermons and Messages The Rev. Robert Dwight . . . Thinking about Orlando By: admin June 19, 2016 Sermons and Messages The Psalmist said it so well: Why are you so full of heaviness O my soul? * and why are you so Disquieted within me? Well, here we are again. We keep adding to our lexicon of code words that speak . . . National Gun Violence Awareness Day: June 2 By: admin May 31, 2016 Sermons and Messages Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a group of more than 60 Episcopal bishops (including Bishop Tom Breidenthal) that advocates for background checks on all gun purchases and other violence prevention measures, is urging all Episcopalians and friends to consider wearing . . . The Marketplace Is A False God By: admin May 12, 2016 Sermons and Messages Sermon for the 7th Sunday of Easter May 8, 2016 There is a presidential primary this coming Tuesday in West Virginia where one of the historic economic drivers is coal. Coal mining, coal processing, chemical plants, coal trains, and all . . . Easter Untamed By: admin March 27, 2016 Sermons and Messages 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 By: admin March 20, 2016 Sermons and Messages “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 . . . Bishops Issue A Word to the Church By: admin March 20, 2016 Sermons and Messages “We reject the idolatrous notion that we can ensure the safety of some by sacrificing the hopes of others.” March 15, 2016 The House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church, meeting in retreat, unanimously approved the following Word To The . . . Christ Church Is a Member of the United Nations Global Compact By: admin January 29, 2016 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized In 2015 Christ Church became a member of the United Nations Global Compact. We embrace, support, and commit to enact within our sphere of influence the core values in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment, and anti-corruption. . . . Being One Body Is Hard By: admin January 26, 2016 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized The body was broken. Everything seemed to be falling apart. Former friends were fighting with one another. Factionalism was rampant as varies parties fought with each other over control and refused to compromise. What some considered to be immoral, others . . . From the Rector By: admin January 14, 2016 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized From the Rector . . . You may be hearing some more news about the Anglican Communion. The Primates of the 38 Provinces of the Anglican Communion are gathered for a weeklong meeting at Canterbury Cathedral in England with the . . . Christmas Sermon By: admin December 26, 2015 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized Isn’t it great to sing the Christmas carols? They bring joy and peace and a sense that, if but for a moment, all is right with the world. That’s one of the reasons we’ve been known to throw a carol . . . Christmas Schedule By: admin December 17, 2015 Announcements Sermons and Messages 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 . . . What Then Should We Do? By: admin December 16, 2015 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized The preacher shouted! The preacher roared! The preacher threatened! The preacher called them names! You’re nothing but a bunch of poison snakes. Why even these rocks are better than you. You’re like rotted trees bearing spoiled fruit. Go to hell . . . Gospel in a Blue Note By: admin December 8, 2015 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized Lord Jonathan Sacks is the Chief Rabbi in Great Britain. He opens his most recent book with these words: . . . . God weeps. So the book of Genesis tells us. Having made human beings in his image, God . . . Life Tree Cafe Is Moving By: admin November 4, 2015 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized The Life Tree Cafe is moving. Until farther notice, beginning on Tuesday, November 10, we will meet in the Christ Church Parlor from 6:30-7:30 pm. The vision for Life Tree Cafe is to offer serious conversations about issues that matter . . . A CityHeart Moment: The Invaluable Gift of Time and Resources By: admin November 3, 2015 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized As CityHeart expands our volunteer base we also expand the combined skills, knowledge and expertise of our ministry. We are pleased to have welcomed our parish nurse as a CityHeart volunteer a few months ago and we are keeping an . . . A CityHeart Moment . . . God Works in Mysterious Ways By: admin September 16, 2015 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized John was one of a number of folks who found themselves “stranded” in Dayton this summer. Most of the others we spoke with were transients who travel across the country for various reasons while the weather is favorable. John was . . . BE OPEN By: admin September 10, 2015 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized 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 By: admin August 26, 2015 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized 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 . . . O Little Town of Bethlehem By: admin August 20, 2015 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized This has been bread month. By that I mean that today makes the fourth week in a row that we’ve been reading from the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John. July 27th – Feeding the 5000 August . . . Lifetree Cafe Coming in September By: admin August 19, 2015 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized This fall we’re planning to offer a weekly series of conversations on things that matter—as a way of expanding our food ministries—feeding the souls of people, some of whom may not now be members of the church nor may ever . . . A CityHeart Moment, July 2015 By: admin July 9, 2015 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized CityHeart is breaking records in our efforts to help people in need. Activity at CityHeart has been on the rise this spring and summer. In May, we broke all-time records for the number of requests we received for help, the . . . Sixth Sunday after Pentecost/ Proper 9B By: admin July 5, 2015 Sermons and Messages The other day I picked up a little volume that is a history of First Methodist Church in Lawrence, Kansas, where my great-great Grandfather was pastor for a time. He had the improbable name of George Washington Paddock. Born in . . . Boating With Jesus: Facing Racism By: admin June 23, 2015 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized Sermon Preached at Christ Church on June 21, 2015 Today is Father’s Day. I loved my dad as I’m sure that most of you did or do as well. But Father’s Day is not part of our liturgical calendar, and . . . Cesar Chavez and the Struggle for Justice By: admin June 3, 2015 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized When I was 17, I went to work for an Ohio farm owner who marketed his produce out of a grocery story located in his barn. I trimmed produce, loaded the truck that delivered goods to a market in the . . . Hello world! By: JUMP Agency May 18, 2015 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized Welcome to Diocese of Southern Ohio. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging! Abide in Love By: admin May 5, 2015 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized Jesus said: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit.” –John 15:1-2 . . . Easter Sermon By: admin April 4, 2015 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized Easter Sermon is about living between Good Friday and Easter Throughout the season of Lent we refrain from using the word “alleluia” in our formal worship. Lent begins with a reminder of our mortality with the ashes of Ash Wednesday . . . Alternatives to Church on Sunday By: admin March 13, 2015 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized Seeking for alternatives to Church on Sunday. Sunday morning is a difficult time for many people. With busy schedules and active lives, Sunday a.m. may be the only time for people to sleep in, relax, read the paper, take a . . . Everyday Idolatries By: admin February 5, 2015 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized This sermon on “Everyday Idolatries” was preached at Christ Church on February 1, 2015. The passage from Deuteronomy is part of Moses’ farewell speech to Israel as they were preparing to enter the Promised Land. They had escaped from bondage . . . Maimonides Eight Levels of Giving By: admin January 23, 2015 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized On Sunday, January 18, Ann Paddock spoke about Maimonides eight levels of giving as described by the great Jewish thinker. Here they are, paraphrased by John Paddock, from the least to the greatest. This is when one gives unwillingly, perhaps . . . Martin Luther King By: admin January 18, 2015 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized One of the most iconic scenes from the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom is Martin Luther King, Jr’s I have a Dream speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The most replayed video and audio clip . . . Christmas Sermon By: admin December 26, 2014 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized Merry Christmas! A few days ago I was driving along when the sun suddenly broke through the grayness and the whole world brightened. Those rare times that we see sunshine in our Midwestern winters are moments to treasure. They lift . . . A CityHeart Moment … Peace, Love, Joy and Hope By: admin December 17, 2014 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized The season of Advent is characterized by anticipation and expectation. We long to find Peace, give Love, experience Joy and receive Hope. It is a season in which the stories of the most vulnerable in our community are crying out . . . Death Penalty By: admin December 12, 2014 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized My friend, The Rev. Dr. Rodney Kennedy wrote the following in his “E-Pistle” today, December 12, 2014: A grisly headline greets me in the Dayton Daily News: “Restart of executions nearer.” The Ohio Senate voted 20-10 in favor of a . . . Christmas Letter By: admin December 8, 2014 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized Christmas is coming! Of course, that’s no surprise to anyone. The holiday is upon us with full force as we shop, decorate, bake, and wrap. Christmas music is in the air and wonderfully lighted trees and displays are now part . . . What Shall I Cry? By: admin December 7, 2014 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized I want to begin these remarks with a short demonstration of the difficulty of being a biblical literalist. In Isaiah’s prophecy reported in our first reading is this passage. “The voice of one crying out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the . . . An Eye-Opening Experience By: admin November 17, 2014 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized Emily is a young woman from Beavercreek and a member of Christ Church. She is working in Los Angeles as a participant in the Young Adult Service Corps of the Episcopal Church. This is an adaptation of a recent post . . . All Saints Sunday By: admin November 3, 2014 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized Beatitudes The Beatitudes that we just read form such a poetic and wonderful introduction to Jesus Sermon on the Mount which is the Gospel reading for this All Saints Sunday. Beatitude means blessing. These blessings form a list of qualities, . . . Lessons From Saint Francis By: admin October 26, 2014 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized Beloved Saint Francis loved God’s creation, invited poeple to see divinity more universally, and encouraged simplicity. His life and teaching provide lessons for today. Sweet Music Brings the Spirit By: admin October 5, 2014 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized Easily feel the Spirit draw nearer to you as you wtach and listen to this lovely choir music. Does the Exodus Relate to Us Today? By: admin October 5, 2014 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized It’s an Old Testament story, but the Exodus still applies to us today, in our times. Love for Our Neighbors By: admin October 5, 2014 Sermons and Messages Uncategorized We can and should love our neighbors. One simple truth rests on this basic principle.