Category Archives: Sermons

Easter 5 It is Enough

RCL Year BThe Fifth Sunday of Easter Acts 8:26-40 Psalm 22:24-30 1 John 4:7-21 John 15:1-8It is EnoughIt’s interesting. The majority of Gospel and Epistle lessons during the Easter Season this year are about love. We get the idea, if we don’t already know, that the one teaching John found to be essential, the one that grounds and encircles and contains all Jesus’ actions and interactions and teachings, is love.And it’s a special kind of love. The New Testament as we have it was first...Read More

Easter 2 Receive the Holy Spirit

RCL Year B The Second Sunday of Easter Acts 4:32-35 Psalm 133 1 John 1:1-2:2 John 20-19-31 Receive the Holy Spirit “…he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’” This is John’s story of the coming of the Holy Spirit. When we read John we have to put aside any expectation that he tells the story exactly like it happened. John wrote his gospel when he was an old man, maybe near;y 100 years old. He’d been the leader of a community of believers on the...Read More

Easter Day The Real Story

RCL Year BEaster DayIsaiah 25:6-9Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24Acts 10:34-43Mark 16:1-8The Real StoryAlleluia! Christ is risen!What’s the real story of the empty tomb on the Third Day?Matthew, Mark, Luke and John offer us the accounts that had been handed down to them and that they researched using the records they had. The four Gospel stories are similar, but their details vary.Mark’s Gospel is thought to be the earliest account written, the shortest one, and his wasn’t penned until some 35 or 40...Read More

Maundy Thursday A Night of Terror

RCL Year BMaundy ThursdayExodus 12:1-14Psalm 116:1-2, 12-191 Corinthians 11:23-26John 13:1-17, 31b-35A Night of TerrorThis is the night, a night of terror and a night of birth.Tonight we read the stories of the Passover in Egypt, the birth of the Jewish people, and we read the account of Jesus’ last supper with his friends, the birth of our central act of worship as his followers. The stories are old, 3500 and 2000 years old, and all this time later, as we read them calmly, we have to remind...Read More

Palm Sunday A Thread of Kingship

RCL Year BPalm SundayIsaiah 50:4-9aPsalm 31:9-16Philippians 2:5-11Mark 14:1-15:47A Thread of KingshipPalm Sunday is a favorite subject of visual artists. Pictures and stained glass windows in churches around the world tell the story of Jesus riding humbly on a donkey into Jerusalem on Sunday before he was crucified on Friday. The colors are brilliant; it must have been a beautiful day, four days before Passover. A perfect day for a parade. The crowd is cheering and singing, waving palms. It’s...Read More

The Impossible

RCL Year A The Church of the Holy Cross Easter Day April 20, 2014 Acts 10:34-43 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 Colossians 3:1-4 Matthew 28:1-10 Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia! Do you have the same thought I do, reading the story of that first Easter morning? Does it flash through your mind: This is impossible! This couldn’t happen! This is science fiction. It’s a peaceful, quiet morning at dawn on the first day of the week. The women going to...Read More

Maundy Thursday: The Means and the Mandate

RCL Years A, B, C The Church of the Holy Cross Maundy Thursday April 17, 2014 Exodus 12: 1-14 Psalm 116: 1, 10-17 1 Corinthians 1123-26 John 13: 1-17, 31b-35 If you knew, almost certainly, that you had less than 24 hours to live, what would you do? I imagine most, if not all of us, would do just what Jesus did. We’d gather the people we love most around us, maybe share a meal with them, and tell them the things we don’t want them to forget. The guideposts we want to leave with...Read More

The Mind of Jesus

RCL Year A The Church of the Holy Cross Palm Sunday April 13, 2014 Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 31:9-16 Philippians 2:5-11 Matthew 26:14-27:66 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus. What does that mean? It’s always seemed daunting to me. Something I can never achieve; something I don’t dare try for, because I’ll fail. Something I’m not sure I want to try for. In the church where I grew up the narthex windows were huge. One of them was the Palm Sunday window,...Read More

Valleys of Dry Bones

RCL Year A The Church of the Holy Cross The Fifth Sunday in Lent April 6, 2014 Ezekiel 37:1-14 Psalm 130 Romans 8:6-11 John 11:1-45 Do you believe in resurrection? I know we say we do. When we think about resurrection, we almost always think first of Jesus’ resurrection and its implications for us. We can’t define it, exactly; we just know death was not the last word when Jesus died on the cross. God had the last word, and it was that the hopelessness of death is defeated...Read More

A Deep, Bloody Gash

RCL Year C Proper 11 July 21, 2013 Genesis 18:1-10a Psalm 15 Colossians 1:15=28 Luke 10:38-42 A few years ago, our Bishop held an anti-racism workshop in Alexandria. For some reason, I couldn’t go, but I remember thinking that we were a little behind the times. That racism was an old issue that we’d tackled and pretty much solved. Why weren’t we looking into the future and righting a new wrong? Hadn’t we brought racism out into the open, exposed it and squashed it over the last 50...Read More