Sermons

VI Easter

May 21, 2017
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. AMEN. This morning’s lesson from the Book of Acts recounts Paul’s witness to the people of Athens.  This witness begins in this way: “People of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious.  For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this...Read More

V Easter

May 14, 2017
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN. Listen to this list of miracles of Jesus for a moment:  Changing water into wine,  twice catching a large number of fish, calming a storm,  walking on water,   catching a fish with a coin in its mouth,  cursing the fig tree with no fruit,  restoring a severed ear,  healing 33 people,...Read More

II Easter

April 23, 2017
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit AMEN. Today is often referred to as “Doubting Thomas Sunday”.  I try to look at this Gospel lesson from different vantage points to make the sermon interesting.  This year, however, at the last minute, I found myself not focusing on Thomas at all.  Instead, I was drawn to the first words that are spoken...Read More

Easter Day

April 16, 2017
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. AMEN. I have heard that our military is made up of about 1% of our total population.  We have been in perpetual wars for more than a decade now, and they are fought by only 1% of our population.  And in the midst of these wars, we demand that our taxes be cut. It was not so in wars past.  There would be rationing of...Read More

Palm Sunday

April 9, 2017
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN. Several years ago, I was having a conversation with a friend of mine who considers himself to be an atheist.  He said to me, “I look at all of the stuff that goes on in the world and I think, ‘There can’t be a god’.”  I replied, “That’s interesting, because I look at the...Read More

V Lent

April 2, 2017
This meditation is a part of what we have called an "interactive sermon".  If is followed by a confession and then opportunity to come forward for prayer, laying on of hands, and annointing with oil for healing (Holy Unction).  Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths to begin to center yourself.  Now make those cleansing breaths a part of your normal way of...Read More

IV Lent

March 26, 2017
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN. The last time I was in New York City, I had the opportunity to go St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  They have a new life-sized statue of St. Theresa of Calcutta.  I did not realize that she was such a small person.  I guess I did not realize it, because she did so much in the service of the Lord.  Her...Read More

III Lent

March 19, 2017
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN. A few months ago, just after Christmas, I was having brunch at a wonderful little restaurant in my home town.  I  enjoyed the food and conversation.  There was a table of people right next to us, and as they got up to leave, I saw one of my Sunday School teachers – Penny Long!  I had not seen her...Read More