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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


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


“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 […]

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 […]

The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A


The past couple weeks have been filled with change.  The inauguration of a new president.  Protests on both ends of the political spectrum, around the country and around the world.  The first full “working week” of the new administration and not knowing from day to day what change is waiting to greet us. In our […]

The Third Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A

EVERYONE GETS HEALED In the name of God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  AMEN. There are many times I could start a sermon by saying, “This morning we have a reading from one of Paul’s letters that we can’t understand.” There is nothing like long, confusing syntax to invite scholarship, debate and a variety of […]