Sermons

THE PRACTICE OF CHURCH LITURGY SHAPES OUR BELIEFS

“Lex Orandi Lex Credendi” This Latin phrase means ‘”practice shapes the way we believe.” “Practice shapes liturgy”. The “doing of liturgy” shapes our beliefs. The way we worship shapes the way we believe. In the early church there was liturgical […]

MY HOUSE WILL BE A HOUSE OF PRAYER

In the Gospel reading from Luke this morning, we read that the Passover was approaching. And Jesus went up to Jerusalem in the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. […]

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WALKING THE WALK, NOT JUST THE TALK

In the gospels Jesus says repeatedly; if you want to be my disciple, follow me. Follow my teaching, follow my example. Follow the way I live my life before you. St. Paul encourages us to live up to what we […]

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TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE SEASON OF LENT

Our passage in Mark begins with Jesus coming from Nazareth of Galilee and is baptized by John in the Jordan River. And, just as he is coming out of the water he sees the heavens torn apart and the Spirit […]

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THE ORDINARY BECOMES THE EXTRAORDINARY

The gospel passage this morning pictures a typical day in the life and ministry of Jesus, as he travels on the dusty roads of Galilee bringing healing, hope, and truth, presenting a Kingdom of God with power and authority. Where […]

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THE CALL TO REPENT INCLUDES THE CALL TO LOVE

The challenge I laid before us last Sunday was to listen to God, in all the various and assorted ways that God speaks to us: through people, events, epiphanies. This Sunday’s challenge is presented in our opening prayer: “Give us […]

ARE YOU LISTENING?

As we journey through this liturgical season between the feasts of the Epiphany and Ash Wednesday, the readings we hear from the Bible each Sunday call on us to focus on who Jesus is for the life of the world […]

THE HOLY NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

God comes to us in unexpected ways and unexpected times, and the people around these close encounters of the divine kind don’t always recognize what is going on and really don’t get it. In our gospel passage today, the shepherds […]

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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BAPTISM AND NEW BIRTH

A man walks into the Rectors office and asks the priest: “Excuse me, but this is my dog, and I would like to get the dog baptized. Will you baptize my dog”? The Rector addresses the man: “Sir we appreciate […]

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Emmanuel, God With Us

In the Christmas Pageant, we’re brought face to face with two backdrops, two landscapes or pictures of life – the human and the heavenly. Life that is of the earth and life that is of the spirit. Why is Jesus […]

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