The Christmas Eve Sermon: Do not be afraid

Christmas Eve, 2014 St. Paul’s Cathedral San Diego, California Isaiah 9: 2-7 Luke 2: 1-14 Come Holy Spirit: Touch our minds and think with them, touch our lips and speak with them and touch our hearts and set them on fire with love for you. AMEN. I. I had another sermon written for tonight. I … READ MORE…

The Christmas Sermon: The Light Shines in the Darkness

Alleluia, unto us a child is born. Come, let us adore him. “In the beginning was the Word”.This morning’s reading from John’s Gospel transports us to the realm of the transcendent, the mystical. It stands in contrast to the vivid, real-world story-telling of Luke, that we heard last night, with the manger and the shepherds. … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: let the light find you

I had a friend once who worked very hard to make sure that all of his plans went the right way. He followed all the rules. He worked hard. He found a spouse. He had children. He saved money. He did everything he was supposed to. But one day, his world came crashing in, and … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: The season of Hope

Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all. New Englander poet Emily Dickinson knew the power and necessity of hope, in a land where winter seems to go on for ever. Today we face a mess of contradictions. It’s the … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: A Better Vision

Isaiah casts a vision of a better time to come, Paul exhorts us not to be weary in doing what is right, Jesus offers apocalyptic prophecies of end times and persecutions … I promise you that I didn’t choose these readings this morning: they are the gift of our lectionary. But they do have much … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: Just for Today

All Saints’ Day/Year C Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18 Ephesians 1:11-23 Luke 6:20-31    Just for today I will not worry Just for today I will not be angry Just for today I will do my work honestly Just for today I will give thanks for my many blessings Just for today I will be kind to … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: Seen, Loved, Transformed

When I was seven years old, my parents took me to London to see the sights. It was a big deal: as the baby of the family I rarely got my parents to myself. Among the usual tourist attractions that we visited was the obligatory witnessing of the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon:Righteous and Justified

Two men went up to the Temple to pray. If we were to tell this story in our own context, who would these men be? One was a pillar of the community: a supreme court justice, or a bishop perhaps, a highly educated man who lived his life exactly as his faith directed; a good … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: Vida Joven Day

Six words: Love Christ, Serve Others, Welcome All. These six words, the mission statement of our cathedral, also encompass our purpose here today. For we are celebrating Vida Joven de Mexico, our foster home in Tijuana, MX. We support Vida Joven to love, protect and educate some 30 – 35 children. These children have been … READ MORE…

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