Sermons

Last Sunday after the Epiphany

February 7, 2016
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. AMEN. When I was younger, I did not understand how my parents could watch a television show and fall asleep.  The show seemed to be so exciting.  I had no problem staying awake, because I wanted to see what was going to happen.  How could they fall asleep? I now know how they could do that, because it happens...Read More

IV Epiphany

January 31, 2016
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN. St. Paul writes: “For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not man's gospel.   For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.” These two sentences provoked a number of thoughts and questions in me. ...Read More

II Epiphany

January 17, 2016
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. AMEN. As many of you know, I was an exchange student to Germany in the summer of 1982 and have made many visits since then.  On one such visit many years ago, I was walking on the side of the road that comes into the village where my German family lives.  It is in Bavaria, which is a predominately Roman Catholic part of...Read More

Sunday after the Epiphany

January 10, 2016
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN. Today is the Sunday after the Epiphany.  Every year on this Sunday we remember the Baptism of Jesus.  Next Sunday, we will remember the miracle at the Wedding in Cana.  The remembrance of these two sacraments made me think a bit about the sacramental life of the church.  Let me share my ruminations with...Read More

II Christmas

January 3, 2016
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. AMEN. What do we know about St. Joseph from reading Holy Scripture?  This was a question that I thought about as I read through the gospel for today.  St. Joseph figures prominently in this lesson.  Do you realize that there is not one word spoken by St. Joseph in Scripture?  I have a concordance program on my...Read More

Christmas I (St. John the Evangelist)

December 27, 2015
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN. Today we celebrate the Feast of St. John the Apostle and Evangelist.  As I read through the lessons, there were two verses that stuck out to me – and they have to do with this particular title that St. John shares with other Apostles – that title is Evangelist.  In the gospel lesson we read:...Read More

Christmas

December 25, 2015
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. AMEN. The world can be a scary place.  Countries invading other countries – Tyrants who think nothing of sacrificing the children of their nation for the satiation of their own egos – People being forced to migrate from their homes to places unknown, only to be treated like an unwelcomed visitor. Sounds like our...Read More

IV Advent

December 20, 2015
There were two parts to this sermon -- the first part was a meditation/examination of conscience followed by confession.  The second part allowed people in the congregation to come forward to the clergy to receive the laying of of hands, prayer, and annointing with oil.   This is the meditation:  Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths to begin to center yourself.  Now...Read More