Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A

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A Good Goodbye Prayer: In the name of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. This gospel is an extremely powerful passage that can cause confusion and also have a lot of meaning. The author of John uses honest questions and dialogue to emphasize spiritual longing, hope for life after death, and endurance here and […]

Easter 4, Year A

The Reluctant Sheep “Shepherd us, O God, Beyond our wants, Beyond our fears, From death—into life. Amen” Some of you have heard me speak of a young boy named Kal’El. When he was three years old, he began coming to spend a couple of mornings a week with me. We were exploring the world—including through […]

Easter, Year A

JESUS: THE VULNERABLE NAME FOR GOD In the Name of God. Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. There are a number of adages and old sayings about making a first impression: * You never get a second chance to make a first impression. * First impressions are the most lasting. People tend to be most […]

Good Friday, Year A

GOD ON THE EDGE In the name of God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. AMEN. Coming to know God and eternal life includes getting acquainted with death. Coming to know the story of Jesus includes getting acquainted with the knowledge that there is nothing he has not suffered. Our first acquaintance with death usually comes […]

Palm Sunday, Year A

THE SHOCK OF CHRISTIANITY In the name of God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. AMEN. When you were a child, did you hear the story of Noah and the Ark? Weren’t you relieved when you heard the part about God setting a rainbow in the sky, promising that God would never go to such an […]

Lent V, Year A

ABIDE WITH ME Sunday April 2, 2017 About this time last year, I was at Wesley Medical Center working as the overnight chaplain on call. I received a page around two o’clock in the morning.  A nurse in the Medical Intensive Care Unit explained that one of her elderly patients was being placed on “comfort […]

Lent III, Year A

AS YOU ARE. WHERE YOU STAND.  In the name of God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. AMEN. So far this Lent, we have heard about Adam and Eve eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, we heard about Abraham having as many descendants as of grains of sand (or as The […]

Lent I, Year A

Shifting World Views In the name of God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. AMEN. As we begin to consider the Word of God, let’s for a moment, consider the language we are using in our worship today. As is out of the ordinary for us, we are using the Rite One liturgy today. It is […]

Ash Wednesday, Year A

GET BUSY LIVING In the name of God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. Each year at this time, we come out of the wintry world with spring promised soon or even in the slightest evidence – like we have today. We come out of a season of hibernation, where living things have taken cover […]