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Mother Ann’s sermon preached on Feb. 26, 2023

Posted by on Sun, Feb 26, 2023 in Lent, Sermons

Sermon preached by the Rev. Dr. Ann P. Lukens, Rector Emeritus, on the First Sunday in Lent, Feb. 26, 2023.

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Mother Ann’s sermon preached on Jan. 22, 2023

Posted by on Sun, Jan 22, 2023 in Epiphany, Sermons

After my six years at St Thomas our paths parted, and I came here to St Michael’s.  Eventually word reached me that Hermia’s health was failing, and she let her family know that she wished to be remembered through a memorial gift to this parish, whose life she had quietly followed from afar.  The chancel was being remodeled, and she had in mind a new altar rail…

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Mother Ann’s sermon preached on Nov. 20, 2022

Posted by on Sun, Nov 20, 2022 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

Here is a true story about something wonderful that happened a few years ago in the little town of Valleycliffe, British Columbia. Valleycliffe lies halfway up the road that climbs from Vancouver to Whistler. Anyone who’s driven the route knows its breathtaking vistas of pristine mountains, vast woodlands, and cobalt blue skies.  As the name Valleycliffe suggests, the town’s homes and shops lie nestled in a valley sheltered by massive granite cliffs, overlooking a river coursing southward toward Howe Sound.  

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Mother Ann’s sermon preached on Dec. 12, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Dec 12, 2021 in Advent, Sermons

In this morning’s Gospel from St Luke, we watch John the Baptist turn on his heel to challenge the crowds who are following him. “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” And thus John proceeds with many more such exhortations, which St Luke sums up as “John proclaiming the good news to the people.”

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Mother Ann’s sermon preached on Nov. 14, 2021

Posted by on Sun, Nov 14, 2021 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

It was deep winter in 1582 when a pious nun, St. Teresa of Avila, left her convent near Madrid, and headed north into the Spanish foothills. Her mission was to open a new convent for her young novices, far from the temptations of the world. A downpour broke out as the women’s carriage began its descent into a steep valley, flanked on either side by coursing rivers. The road leading to the bridge spanning them was rapidly flooding. The nervous driver and horses lost sight of the shoulders, and currents threatened to sweep the carriage off the road into one abyss or the other. Teresa turned to her young charges and assured them of their ultimate safety because they were undertaking God’s good work.

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