We are in the midst of the long season of Sundays after Pentecost. You will see the color Green on our altar and vestments, so it could be called the Long Green Season. Throughout the summer, and into the Fall, we will hear many of the teachings of Jesus while he walked this earth with his disciples, or another word,...

Somewhere, long ago, I heard this apocryphal story. Two angels were sitting on a cloud one fine morning sharing coffee and angel food cake. One says to the other, “I heard that the Son is back among us.” The second says, “Really? Where did he go anyway?” “He went down to earth to start the Church,” says the first angel. “Is that right?,” says the second. The first says, “Yes, but I don’t think it will last very long.” ...

This past Thursday was the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord. It is a Principal Feast in our calendar, which means it ranks right up there with Easter and Christmas Day. In fact there are seven Principal Feasts listed in our calendar. Can you name them? The first is Easter day, then 40 days later is Ascension, always on a Thursday, but many of us transfer it to the following Sunday. Then the next Sunday is Pentecost, then the next Sunday is the ...

Lent 2
Sermon / March 12, 2017

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life,” from the Gospel according to St. John. These words from the Gospel according to St. John are among the most well known in the Bible. They are filled with hope and love, and reassurance that God loves us, and wants us to live eternally; however, these verses tend to be isolated from a larger section of this Go...

Feast and Fasting
Sermon / March 5, 2017

“After Jesus was baptized, he was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” From the Gospel according to St. Matthew. On Wednesday, we began annual Lenten fast in which we participate in the 40 days journey in the wilderness with Jesus. I did not say that we will commemorate this event. Rather, we are called to participate in it. In most modern Protestant churches, that was just another Wednesday, and the...

The Transfiguration
Sermon / February 26, 2017

“Six days after Peter had acknowledged Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the Living God, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves.” Of all of the things we humans dream about, climbing a mountain is right up there on the list. When I was in Boy Scouts about 50 years ago, our troop made an annual trek to Colorado to the Lincoln National Forest to camp out for a week. Each d...