The Sunday Sermon: And who is our neighbor?

Luke 10:25-37 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. Different times in human history have gone by different names: the reformation, the renaissance, the age of reason, the Enlightenment. In our … READ MORE…

Gary’s story

Gary presented this story along with Colin’s sermon on The Power of Story on July 5.   Friday morning June 24th, I was at my favorite weekly event. At 8 a.m., I was breakfasting at Bread & Cie with our Dean and the cathedral’s “best and brightest” (just ask them). About 8:35 the thought entered … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: The Power of Story

What a beautiful passage in today’s Gospel. It details the the next chapter in Luke’s steady development of Jesus’ followers from a small band of disciples to today’s seventy ambassadors, to the many thousands who, in Luke’s Book of Acts, will be empowered by the Holy Spirit to share God’s Good News with the world. … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: We are not alone

“Jesus asked the man, ‘What is your name?’ And he answered ‘Legion’, for many demons had entered him”. The demons have indeed been legion this week. We are all still reeling from the Orlando attack, and in the midst of that horror, our local community dealt with two terrible events close to home: a shootout … READ MORE…

Meditation: Prayers for Pulse

For me it became real when a former parishioner texted me. He told me that he knew one of the victims. Brenda McCool lived in Barstow for a time. She was in the club with her son, dancing. She was there with him to celebrate him, to support him, to make sure he knew that … READ MORE…

An Ordination Sermon: Poets of the soul

Feast Day of St. Barnabas   Isaiah 42:5-12   Acts 11:19-30, 13:1-3   Psalm 112   Matthew 10:7-16   The Feast Day of St. Barnabas: The Ordination of Jacqueline Bray, Christopher Harris, Nancy Holland, and Richard Lee Jesus said, “As you go, proclaim the good news.” It’s amazing to see so many people here in church to celebrate the Feast … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: Hope in the Lord

Last Wednesday morning I was enjoying an excellent conference of ordained Episcopal women, when I received a text from my son Sam. “Shooter on UCLA campus now. I’m OK in a locked room.” I shared the terrifying message with our conference leaders, and 60 women stopped what they were doing to pray for all involved. … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: Welcoming Christ Home

“Then you call on the name of your god and I will call on the name of the Lord; the god who answers by fire is indeed God.” God answered me by fire last week during a conference in New York for young, progressive Christian ministers. As we got to know each other and began … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: The Power of Three

I am thankful today for the presence of Dr Moseley who will doubtless explain the mystery of the Trinity at the forum, allowing me to reflect on Trinitarian implications of our life at the cathedral. I have a special fondness for threefold concepts, so I suppose I am just an innate Trinitarian. Our baptism service … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: Learning to Listen to Pentecost

What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives? E.M. Forster This quote from author E.M. Forster is one I remember every Pentecost. Because really, what good is this day of Pentecost if we don’t let it get into our lives, … READ MORE…

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