“Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him. Luke 8:39 NRSV I speak to you in the name of one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.Before I begin, I want to acknowledge the tragedy … Continue reading Anything but Ordinary Time
This sermon was preached for St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lynchburg, VA on Palm Sunday, Year C 2022.Photo by Yannick Pulver on UnsplashLuke 22:14-23:56 I speak to you in the name of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It may not seem so at first, but the passion narrative, the gospel story this morning that … Continue reading We Go the Way of the Cross
This sermon was preached for St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lynchburg, VA on the Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year C 2022. Photo by Federico Respini on UnsplashLuke 15:1-3, 11b-32 There are a lot of things going on in today’s gospel story. Did you notice some of them? Disgruntlement with JesusPublic humiliationLegal proceedings and inheritance lawDisagreements … Continue reading The Prodigal Son
How then are we to orient our lives, knowing that we are not at the center of them? How are we to grow towards God, knowing that we are not the gardener at work delicately fashioning them? How are we to abandon our desires for power over our circumstances, knowing that we cannot control them? Continue reading Who is the True Vine?
Entering into Holy Week means entering into the passion of Christ. It means journeying alongside him. We watch as first the public turn against him, then as Judas betrays him. Then sit vigil with the disciples who cannot keep awake. We hear Peter’s promise to never betray him. Then his disciples scatter; Peter follows but sure enough denies Christ three times. The authorities condemn him, then the Roman authorities crucify him. Continue reading Palm Sunday
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