Sermons and Messages Called by Name By: johnp 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: johnp 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: johnp 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: johnp 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: johnp 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: johnp 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: johnp 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: johnp 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: johnp 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: johnp 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. . . .