Avent I – Sermon

Advent I December 1st, 2019 Isaiah 2:1-5                 Romans 13:11-14         Matthew 24:36-44 One of the things that I like the best about the Episcopal Church is that it follows the regular and traditional pattern of the Church’s Year. Every season of the secular year has its corresponding liturgical season. The Church’s year begins with the…

Sermon – HARVEST / CHRIST THE KING 2019

HARVEST / CHRIST THE KING November 24th, 2019 Deuteronomy 26:1-11 Philippians 4:4-9 John 6:25-35 The news stories concerning migrants and refugees over the past 5 years or so have reminded us forcibly of the historical fact that migrant peoples are very rarely welcomed with open arms by the settled populations into which they move. The…

Sermon – Pentecost +23

Pentecost XXIII November 17th, 2019 Isaiah 65:17-25 II Thessalonians 3:6-13 Luke 21:5-19 When I encountered the breadth of Christian spirituality in the United States first-hand, I was astonished at the importance that many Christians gave to thinking about the end of the world. Televangelists, book sales, entire denominations were dedicated to interpreting the book of…

All Saints | La Toussaint – Sermon

All Saints Sunday November 3, 2019 Daniel 7:1-18   Ephesians 1:11-23   Luke 6:20-31 For centuries it was the custom in Christian countries to give children the name of a saint. The principle is even written into the Canon Law of the Roman Catholic Church: “Parents, sponsors and the priest are to take care that a name…

Pentecost +19 – Sermon

Pentecost XIX October 20, 2019 Jeremiah 31 :27-34 II Timothy 3 :14- 4 :5 Luke 18 :1-8 Nobody likes a complainer, and very few people like having to complain. But I’m sure I’m correct in thinking that everyone here has been in a situation of having to complain about incompetent service: (banks, phone companies, insurance firms to name but…

Pentecost +18 – Sermon

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost October 13, 2019 Jeremiah 29:1, 4 –7 II Timothy 2:8-15 Luke 17:11-19 In 597 BC, a calamity befell the southern Jewish state of Judah. About one hundred and thirty years before, the Assyrians conquered the northern state of Israel and dispersed its people forever. In 597 BC, the Babylonian king besieged…

Pentecost +17 – Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest 2019 October 6, 2019 Lamentations1:1-6  II Timothy 1:1-14  Luke 17:5-10 There’s something oddly appropriate about a mustard seed appearing in the Gospel on the day when we celebrate Oktoberfest. What would German cuisine be without its Senf? The mustard plant belongs to the same family of everyday vegetables as cabbage, broccoli and swede. In…

St. Michael – Pentecost +16

St. Michael and All Angels September 29, 2019 Genesis 28 :10-17   Revelation 12 :7-12    John 1 :47-51 Jacob’s ladder is probably one of the best-known dream stories in the whole Bible. It might even be one of the best-known dream stories in the world’s literature. It has inspired the imagination of story writers, poets, artists…

Pentecost +15 – Sermon

Pentecost XV September 22, 2019 Jeremiah 8:18 – 9:1  I Timothy 2:1-7   Luke 16 :1-13 Over the past decades, it has become the vogue amongst those who study the growth and development of parishes to describe each parish in terms of its size and ministry. There are supposed to be four or five stages of…

Pentecot +14 – Sermon

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost                    September 15, 2019 Jeremiah 4: 11-12, 22-28 I Timothy 1:12-17 Luke 15:1-10 One of my favorite aspects of the changing of the seasons from summer to autumn is the necessity of going through my wardrobe to find coats or trousers more suitable for the change in the weather. I have…