The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 25

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Letting Our Light Shine: The Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement In the name of the loving Father, the liberating Son and the life-giving Holy Spirit. Amen. It is wonderful to be with you today. This weekend we will be celebrating not one but two Sunday baptisms—Julian Whipple (son of Brandon and Chelsea) and Simon […]

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 12

Suspend your Disbelief In the name of God. Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. In our gospel lesson today, Jesus tells one short story after another about the Kingdom of God … or in other words, he gives many examples of what the reign of God is like: the uncorrupt world without our free choice […]

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 11

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Let Those Thistles Alone St. Augustine is often misquoted, it turns out. Folks are fond of saying he’s the one who coined the phrase: “he who sings, prays twice.” Could be that faulty interpretation sounds like good news to all of us who regularly attend our Saturday evening contemplative service, seeing as we forgo that […]

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 8

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“The Promise of Welcome” Air, like a dried bone, parches in the glare of a paralytic sun gripped in a stare. Heat spins its spirals and swerves— the desert is flat, but the sky curves: everything moves yet nothing stirs. Space glistens to a dot in gold; silence shimmers in sandy grooves: everything moves yet […]

Holy Trinity, Year A

COMMUNITY OF THE TRINITY In the name of God. Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. Oh! I love it that in this season after Pentecost we begin our readings from the Old Testament (otherwise known as Hebrew Scriptures). This morning we have the story of creation, which, ironically, takes me back to remember some of […]

The Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year A

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of all our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord Our Strength and Our Redeemer. Amen. This weekend we have a baptism of Isaac at the 10:45am service, and it is Memorial Day. We want to recognize those veterans and folks who fought or died […]

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 […]