Forgiveness

Our world is not structured for forgiveness. It is structured for rivalry, self-interest, revenge. Offering forgiveness is costly; it can, and it will cost us. Yet, Christ compels us to forgive: not seven times, but seventy times. For if we were not forgiven, over and over and over again for each time we fell short, we would be one of the lost sheep. Continue reading Forgiveness

Who do you say that I am?

Note: A version of this sermon was written and given for both St. John’s Episcopal Church in Murray, KY and St. James Pewee Valley, KY. Readings: Exodus 1:8-2:10 Psalm 124 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20 In the name of one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen  The gospel passage from Matthew this morning is rich with imagery and significant: it a highlight of Peter’s life, … Continue reading Who do you say that I am?

Sermon for Proper 12, Year A

Note: This sermon was written and given for St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Anchorage, KY during their live streamed worship service. 1 Kings 3:5-12 Psalm 119:129-136 Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 In worship this morning, we must confront two truths. First off, we must confront the truth of our own situation here at St. Luke’s. Second, we must confront the truth of the Kingdom of God, presented … Continue reading Sermon for Proper 12, Year A

Our Upper Room: Sermon for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year A

Note: This week, I was fortunate to preach this sermon at two parishes: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Anchorage, KY, and St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Signal Mountain, TN. The recording below was a backup in case of technical issues with Sunday morning broadcasts. You can see me preach at St. Luke’s here in a full service of Holy Communion; there is also wonderful solo … Continue reading Our Upper Room: Sermon for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year A

Readings for Holy Week

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Continue reading Readings for Holy Week