The Sunday Sermon: Pure Nard

Lent 5/Year C  Isaiah 43:16-21  Philippians 3:4b-14  John 12:1-8  Pure Nard Today’s Gospel reading from John paints an uncomfortable picture. To begin with, in the context of our 21st century minds, touching someone else’s feet is something many of us are uncomfortable with. For those of you who have participated in the foot washing we do … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: Baptism: Act Like It

  Epiphany 1: The Baptism of Our Lord   Isaiah 43:1-7   Acts 8:14-17   Luke 3:15-17, 21-22     About 20 years or so ago, when I was a parishioner here at the Cathedral, The Rev. Canon Alden Franklin, our Canon Liturgist at the time, preached on a Sunday when there were baptisms and during the sermon, one … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: God the Father

First Sunday after Christmas Isaiah 61:10 – 62:3 Psalm 147:13-21 Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7 John 1:1-18 “And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Today we come upon one of those passages in the New Testament that sounds as if we are overhearing someone else’s … READ MORE…

Christmas Sermon: We are Shepherds

Christmas Day/Year C Isaiah 62:6-12 Titus 3:4-7 Luke 2:8-20 I was reminded recently from a commentary  written by The Rev. Dr. David Lose, a professor at Luther Seminary, how shepherds at the time of Jesus’ birth were not romantic or saintly types. From years of Christmas pageants, movies, lovely cards, and artwork, the image of … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: “What Then Should We Do?

Advent 3/Year C Zephaniah 3:14-20 Philippians 4:4-7 Luke 3:7-18 I think as any preacher will tell you, there is the sermon we prepare and the one we end up preaching, and they’re not always the same.  I had started this one several days ago and the story in it revolves around some young people who … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: Cornerstones

It is the final, great Day – the Day of the Stewardship In-gathering, not the end of time exactly but the finale to the annual pledge campaign. Maybe, for some of you view, like the early Christians and the parousia, it is the day for which you have been waiting and longing. The theme of … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: You say that I am King

Christ the King/Year B Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 Revelation 1:4b-8 John 18:33-37 It has been really fun watching the progress of the organ restoration. The work being done is incredible and I can’t wait for the debut of this almost new instrument. But one of the unanticipated side effects of watching the restoration is how it … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: Loose the Bonds

All Saints’ Day/Year B Isaiah 25:6-9 Revelation 21:1-6a John 11:32-44 Following the tragic explosion of the space craft Challenger on January 28, 1986, in a speech to the nation, President Ronald Reagan, talking about those who had lost their lives, closed with the words, “We will never forget them this morning as they prepared for … READ MORE…

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