complacent

A sermon for the Sixth Sunday After the Epiphany, Luke 6:17-26 There is a danger in becoming complacent in our faith. There are are a number of factors that can lead to this complacency. It can be such hard work to work on ourselves that when we get to a state of equilibrium, we feel (perhaps rightly) deserving of a break, a point of rest, … Continue reading complacent

prophetic

A sermon for the fourth Sunday after the Epiphany; Jeremiah 1:4-10, Luke 4:21-30 It’s dangerous to be a prophet. Prophets, by the very nature of their role, of the trust and faith that has been placed in them, the gift that has been put upon them by God, stand out apart from the people and culture of their time. They raise awareness of something else. A different … Continue reading prophetic

St. Stephen

A sermon for the Feast Day of St. Stephen, transferred to coincide with the 2019 Annual Meeting, Acts 6:8-7:2a, 51c-60 First, a confession: The Feast of St. Stephen is not what one would traditionally call a “moveable” feast, but it also has the misfortune of being on one of the two or three days that people are least likely to want to go to church if there isn’t already a long-established tradition, December 26. … Continue reading St. Stephen

renew

A Sermon for the first Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of Our Lord  We are united to Christ in baptism. The story of Christ’s baptism is a story of connection, of access, of identity, and it enables us to reproduce the act so that we too may be connected to Christ, to God. Baptism is our rite of initiation, a welcoming … Continue reading renew

the grey

A sermon for Epiphany Epiphany marks our celebration of the arrival of Christ as shared with the world at large, with us, gentiles, gaining access to Christ through the wisdom of the Magi, seeking the Christ child, knowing that a messiah has been born, that the scriptures and prophecies have come true, recognizing that the appearance of this … Continue reading the grey