Category Archives: Sermons

A Night of Perpetual Ordinance

RCL Year C Easter Day March 31, 2013 Exodus 12:1-14 Psalm 116:1, 10-17 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-17, 31b-35 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you…. The beginning of months; the first month of the year; the beginning…. The Exodus marks the birth of Israel as a people who belong to God. Yahweh’s rescue of the children of Jacob from slavery in Egypt is a first in...Read More

Eucharist

RCL Year C The First Sunday in Lent February 17, 2013 Deut. 26:1-11 Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 Romans 10:8b-13 Luke 4:1-13 The word “Eucharist” means “thankfulness,” or “gratitude.” Giving thanks is our central act of worship in the Episcopal Church, as it is in the Roman and the Eastern Orthodox churches. It’s our central act of worship because in the community of the church we learn and we practice and we become the people we are to be in the world. The Church is to be a model of...Read More

Faith, Hope and Love

RCL Year C The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany February 3, 2013 Jeremiah 1:4-10 Psalm 71:1-6 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Luke 4:21-30 And now faith, hope and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. This is one of the best known lines in Scripture. I think, possibly, that’s because it’s read so often at weddings. And because it’s so beautiful; in fact, the whole passage on love is beautiful. It’s one of St. Paul’s moments of clarity and poetry. He’s clear on just...Read More

Fear Not….

RCL Year C The First Sunday after the Epiphany January 13, 2013 Isaiah 43:1-7 Psalm 29 Acts 8:14-17 Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord...Read More

Should We Celebrate?

RCL Year C Christmas Proper I December 24,25, 2012 Isaiah 9:2-7 Psalm 96 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-20 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light…. Last week we received a meditation from Bishop Owensby about the killings in Newtown, Connecticut. He wrote that some people had asked him if we should call off our Christmas celebrations to honor the grief of the people of Newtown. We all have grieved with that community and with those families. We have grieved for the tormented...Read More

No Snow in Fort Worth

RCL Year 3 The Fourth Sunday of Advent December 23, 2012 Micah 5:2-5aj Psalm 80:1-7 Hebrews 10:5-10 Luke 1:39-55 Advent is a season of waiting for the coming of the Son of God. It’s a season of hope. But how are we to sing a song of hope when our hearts are breaking over the world we love so much, the world God loves so much? We’ve not in our lifetimes seen war within our own borders. We know the Revolutionary War was terrible and bloody. We know the Civil War was worse. But with our own...Read More

Advent 3: Two days after Sandy Hook

RCL Year C The Third Sunday of Advent December 16, 2012 Zephaniah 3:14-20 Canticle 9: The First Song of Isaiah (Isaiah 12:2-6) Philippians 4:4-7 Luke 3:7-18 Today, on the third Sunday of our Season of Hope, we see the threat of a dark, cold hopelessness. A 20 year old man killed his mother, 20 first grade children, six adults and himself in an elementary school with the quiet, poetic name, Sandy Hook. The town of Newtown, Connecticut, is reported to be a peaceful, friendly town. The last...Read More

70 Million Years

RCL Year C The First Sunday of Advent December 2, 2012 Jeremiah 33:14-16 Psalm 25:1-9 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Luke 21:25-36 This week there was much discussion about the age of the Grand Canyon. Is it 6,000,000, as has been believed by scientists, or is it 70,000,000 years old, as suggested by a young whippersnapper geologist from the University of Colorado? There’s quite an argument going on about it, and the two main arguers were in the same boat cruising down the Canyon, taking samples of...Read More

What Large Stones!

RCL Year B Proper 28 November 18, 2012 1 Samuel 1:4-20 The Song of Hannah (1 Sam. 2:1-10) Hebrews 10:11-25 Mark 13:1-8 “…wars and rumors of wars…This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.” I don’t know whether Jesus really said these words or not. Many scholars agree now that Mark wrote his Gospel after the year 70, 40 or so years after Jesus’ death and resurrection and after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans. The words Mark attributes to Jesus may...Read More

What do we have to live on?

RCL Year B Proper 27 November 11, 2012 Ruth 3:1-5;4:13-17 Psalm 27 Hebrews 9:24-28 Mark 12:38-44 “…she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” This teaching, coming straight from Jesus’ mouth as written by Mark, has been put right up at the top in stewardship teaching. The wealthy people gave out of their abundance, we might say out of their extra, their overflow, what they didn’t need to live on. We don’t have to assume they didn’t give up...Read More