The Sunday Sermon: How Can It Be?

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen. … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: What Shall I Cry?

A voice says, “Cry out!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” On this second Sunday of Advent, we are back at the beginning. The beginning of the good news; the beginning of Mark’s Gospel; the beginning of John the Baptist’s prophetic ministry; the beginning of a healing word to God’s people from the ancient … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: The Aching Dazzle of Advent

This Advent season, which begins today, is a time of darkness and stillness and quiet. It is the time the Church has set aside for centuries to prepare for Christ. So let us now take a moment to center ourselves, to seek silence, to make room in our hearts for the beloved guest who is … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: The longest wait

My younger son was born 12 days after his due date. If you’ve ever been closely involved in a pregnancy, you know that after eight months you are good and ready for the baby to be born; that last month just seems unnecessary, and every day past the due date feels like a week. It … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: Redefining the family. Are we included?

As Roman Catholic leadership meets in Rome for an historic global conversation, will the Spirit of Francis prevail? Two years ago, on St. Francis Day, I had the honor of preaching at the Blessing of the Animal’s service when “All things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts” shared our sacred space at St. Paul’s … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: Dressing up for God’s Banquet

Last Monday the Supreme Court of the United States opened the door much wider to marriage equality in this nation. It was a day of astonished rejoicing across the land. One of my clergy colleagues, the Rev. Hilary Smith of the Diocese of Virginia, stationed herself at the door of the Richmond, Virginia, courthouse, with … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: Our Mission at Dorcas House

 Acts 9:36-42; Philippians 2:1-13; Psalm 25: 1-8; Matthew 21:23-32 In the name of God: Creator, Redeemer And Sanctifier. Amen  As you know, this weekend is devoted to sharing the art work, writings and lives of the children of Dorcas House, the foster home in Tijuana supported by us, and people both within and outside of … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: How Many Times should I Forgive?

Annie Dillard describes church as a dangerous place, a place where we should wear hard hats and lash ourselves to the pews lest God’s power should sweep us away and turn our worlds upside down. When we read something like this passage from Matthew’s Gospel, I start looking for my hard hat. As it happens, … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: Seeing Another as Christ Sees Us

Over Labor Day weekend we traveled to Birmingham, Alabama to visit good friends from seminary. We had a great time, partly because our daughter Robin is best friends with their daughter, Mary Bentley. They had a blast playing together, except when they didn’t. I can’t tell you how many times I heard: “I’m sorry, Robin.” … READ MORE…

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