Open to God’s Work

  HOMILY—EPIPHANY 5 (10 Feb. 2019)—Open to God’s Work          In the name of the one, holy and undivided Trinity: Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.  Amen.           “Here am I; send me!”  What a keener that prophet Isaiah is!  Sort of like an anxious puppy fetching the shiny red ball for his master.  Contrast that to […]

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Living in Dangerous Times

  HOMILY—25th AFTER TRINITY—Living in Dangerous Times          In the name of the one, holy and undivided Trinity: Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.  Amen.          If you’re at all like me, watching the nightly news has become spiritually risky business.  I say that because, not only does so much of what I see and hear so […]

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Saints Despite Ourselves

  SERMON—ALL SAINTS’ 2018—Saints Despite Ourselves          We praise you, Lord, in the diversity and glory of your saints.  In the name of the holy and undivided Trinity, one God now and forever.  Amen.          This past summer, a number of us were reading or re-reading a book about Dorothy Day, the American Christian pacifist […]

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Mary Magdalene – I was there with him

  SERMON—Feast of St. Mary Magdalene—22 July 2018          Once again, St. Peter had to remind me that today (or rather, tomorrow) is my feast day.  I’m not sure why, but I seem to forget every year.  Perhaps it’s the melodic sounds of the never-ending angelic choirs up here, or simply that such things are […]

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Lord, are you going to wash my feet?

  Maundy Thursday Sermon 2018—“Lord, Are You Going to Wash My Feet?”          In the name of the one, holy and undivided Trinity: Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.  Amen.          Feet.  Water.  Bread.  Wine.  Think about it for a moment.  Could anything be more ordinary, more commonplace, more prosaic, yet so profoundly essential?  Feet are very […]

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Basking in Jesus’ Light

  SERMON—Transfiguration Sunday 2018—Basking in Jesus’ Light          In the name of the one, holy and undivided Trinity: Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.  Amen.           In a wonderful little book on the meaning of icons, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams writes the following about a very old Byzantine image of the Transfiguration: “Here, then, in […]

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Heeding God’s Epiphanies

In the name of the one, holy, and undivided Trinity: Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.  Amen.          “The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.”  I wonder.  Is the word of the Lord so rare in our own days?  Are visions not widespread?  The opening scene of the young boy […]

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Celebrating the Body Communal

  HOMILY: 27 August 2017—Celebrating the Body Communal          In the name of the one, holy and undivided Trinity: Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.  Amen.          Today must be my lucky day.  It doesn’t happen often enough that preachers are given the perfect text for the perfect occasion, but today is one of those times.  On […]

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The Challenge of St. Paul

HOMILY—9 JULY 2017—The Challenge of St. Paul In the name of the one, holy and undivided Trinity: Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.  Amen. “I do not understand my own actions.  For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing that I hate. (…) I can will what is right, but I […]

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Desiring God’s Body

HOMILY—CORPUS CHRISTI, 18 June 2017—Desiring God’s Body In the name of the one, holy and undivided Trinity: Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.  Amen. “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”  I don’t know about you, but I think that’s a fair question.  Imagine if you had been there, listening to Jesus talk about […]

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