Posts by rector_emeritus

June 14, 2020 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, Jun 14, 2020 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

We are living through harrowing times, and we hardly know what to do. Last February Covid-19 took up residence among us, and it literally went viral.  Medical and political leaders pulled the emergency brake on public life, and we catapulted headlong into social distancing.  Workplaces turned out the lights.  Schools, libraries and parks went on lockdown, as did restaurants and stores. All the familiar places we gathered were gone. Not only that, but personal relationships we’d spent decades developing went on hold, now that our own coworkers, neighbors, friends and extended family were deemed hazards to our health. Our world was no longer safe for habitation. 

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Apr. 19, 2020 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, Apr 19, 2020 in Easter, Sermons

When we were last gathered around our collective screens, you and I were intent upon the closing days of Jesus’ life, his death, and his astounding resurrection.  Through the entire week from Palm Sunday through Easter, our readings were peopled by ruthless kings, haughty governors, and shouting mobs.  The earth shook, the sun darkened, and angels miraculously appeared. That was then, and this is now. It’s been an eerily quiet week for Jesus’ friends since Easter morning, when Mary Magdalene stumbled upon him in the garden; and then that evening, when Jesus passed through the locked chamber where they hid.  How can such a momentous thing have happened for them, while all the world seems unchanged? Even their absent colleague Thomas doesn’t believe them when he returns.

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Mar. 1, 2020 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, Mar 1, 2020 in Lent, Sermons

Episcopal author Barbara Brown Taylor tells the story of a doting grandfather who brings his two-year-old grandson into the pool for the first time.  Like many toddlers this boy is a handful, thrashing mightily and demanding to be let go to paddle for himself.  As Grandpa resolutely holds on, the boy impulsively scoops up armfuls of water, and swooshes them toward the old man’s face. But he misjudges the distance, and ends up slapping his grandfather’s cheek. Oh no! Silence…then comes the roar of indignation as Grandpa jerks back and holds the beloved boy at arm’s length.

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Sep. 1, 2019 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, Sep 1, 2019 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

Recently I had some banking to do, and ended up waiting longer than expected to see the manager.  As I settled into a chair, I picked up a copy of the local paper, and began skimming.  A business logo caught my eye—a heart, encircled by a ribbon of letters that spelled out “seeking,” expressing the lyrical notion of Heart Seeking. Catchy. The logo aligned with the photo of a beaming life coach, as he described himself, a guide for hire who would lead me to conscious self-empowerment, and a flow of personal energy. Wow!

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Aug. 25, 2019 – sermon

Posted by on Sun, Aug 25, 2019 in Season after Pentecost, Sermons

The 11th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 16C) August 25, 2019 Amazing Grace If you’d like to sing along with me, that would be ok.  It might be tempting. Atlantic tempests were gusting wildly through the spring of 1748, and the latest storm sent shivers down the spine of even a seasoned sailor like John Newton.  He and a fellow crewman were set to furiously cranking the bilge pump, forcing gallons of onrushing seawater back out of the keel. They paused only once—to lash their own bodies to the base for fear of being swept away. Though not a religious man, at the height of the storm John...

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