Sermon – Pentecost VII

Pentecost 7 July 24, 2022 Hosea 1:2-10 Colossians 2:6-19 Luke 11:1-13 Can you remember the first time you prayed? I’m not talking about the first time you learned the Lord’s prayer, or opened a prayer book to read something. I’m not even talking about the first time you faced a crisis and said a brief…

Sermon – Pentecôte VI

Pentecost VI July 17, 2022 Amos 8 :1-12 Colossians 1 :15-28 Luke 10 :38 – 42 In her book The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood describes the dystopian Republic of Gilead, set in New England in the near-future. In Gilead, the men possess all the power, and women lose all their agency and their individuality. They are assigned just…

Sermon – Pentecost V – Bastille Day

Église française du Saint Esprit Baptême d’Hortense 10 juillet 2022  Premiers pas   Cette semaine Mademoiselle Hortense ici présente nous a donné une petite leçon de vie. Elle venait juste d’arriver avec ses parents, Justine et Vincent, dans cette grande ville de New York, dans le nouvel appartement que l’Eglise vient de récupérer dans l’immeuble…

Sermon – Pentecost IV

Pentecost IV July 3, 2022 Isaiah 66:10-14 Galatians 6:1-18 Luke 10:1-20 On March 29th, 1998 a curious incident took place on the Island of Antigua in the West Indies. Fr. Gerard Critch, a Roman Catholic priest, developed the stigmata; a phenomenon in which the physical wounds suffered by Jesus at his crucifixion appear on the…

Sermon – Pentecost III – Bishop Visitation

PENTECOST III – 06.26.22 Bishop Visitation Confirmation This morning we will be presenting Frederic Raymond Roger Spitz to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Confirmation is a renewal of, or recommitment to, the vows which had at some earlier time already been made in Baptism. If Frederic was baptized as an infant, as is common, he…

Sermon – La Trinité

Trinity Sunday June 12, 2022 Proverbs 8:1-31 Romans 5:1-5 John 16:12-15 Before I came to St. Esprit, I worked in Paris and in London as a priest and as a researcher into Christian-Muslim relations. For several years I served as the advisor to the Bishop of London on inter-faith dialogue. They were interesting and challenging…

Sermon – Pentecost

Pentecost June 5, 2022 Genesis 11:1-9 Acts 2: 1-21 John 14:8-17, (25-27) My mother was the head-teacher of a school and sometimes used to tell funny stories about parents who were convinced that their children were highly gifted. I suppose every parent believes that their child is special, but however specially gifted they might be,…

Easter VII 2022

Easter VII / Sunday after Ascension Day May 29, 2022 Acts 1:1-11   Ephesians 1:15-23  Luke 24:44-53 If search for the word ‘ascension’ on the internet, you’ll find that it is a preferred name for everything from insurance companies to healthcare providers and marketing and sales services. You can see why the word has appeal. It…

Sermon – Easter VI

Easter VI May 22, 2022 Acts 14:8-18 Rev. 21:22 – 22:5 Jn. 14:23-29 You might remember hearing on a Sunday a few weeks ago that the first gift that Jesus gave to his church was the gift of peace. When he appeared to the disciples gathered in fear in the locked upper room in Jerusalem,…

Sermon – Easter V

EASTER V May 15, 2022 Acts 11:1-18 Revelation 21:1-16 John 13:31-35 In both French and in English, someone who has a particular way of looking at the world is often said to have ‘an artist’s eye’. We tend to think that this is something that you’re born with rather than something that you can learn…