After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no man could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb!”  From The Revelation to St. John the Divine The past Wednesday was the actual All ...

Jesus said, “On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:34-46 Love is at the same time the most discussed topic in history, and the most misunderstood topic in history. Some of you may remember the movie, “Love Story” starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal. It’s a tale of love between two young people who fall in love, get married, and then have to face the tragedy of her death. The one memorable line from the sto...

Jesus said, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. When I was in Malawi, I often had to deal with the exchange rate of US Dollars to Malawian Kwacha. The name of their currency comes from a word that means, “It has dawned,” and that is in response the crow of the rooster. As most of you know, roosters start crowing just before dawn, and crow all day just for fun. The One Kwac...

Put on the Amour of Light
Sermon / November 27, 2016

Let us then lay aside the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light.” From St. Paul’s letter to the Romans. Today marks the first Sunday in Advent. The theme of the coming of the Day of the Lord, or the advent of the Lord to judge the living and the dead is a constant in our teaching of the Gospel. Jesus describes it in the context of the great flood in the days of Noah. No one expected the flood that would destroy the world, ...

Christ the King Sunday
Sermon / November 20, 2016

This is the King of the Jews, from the Gospel of St. Luke Today is what is known as Christ the King Sunday. It is also the last Sunday of the Church year, as next week Advent begins. Today we celebrate the Kingship of our Lord Jesus, who ascended into heaven and is seated on the right hand of the Father, as we say in the Nicene Creed. We Americans do not have much experience with Kings and Royalty and such. We know that 240 years ago...

Our Task is to Endure
Sermon / November 13, 2016

Let the rivers clap their hands, * and let the hills ring out with joy before the LORD, when he comes to judge the earth. In righteousness shall he judge the world * and the peoples with equity. From Psalm 98. As we begin to wrap up the church year, the theme of our readings from Holy Scripture returns to the Last Day, or Judgement Day, as I have spoken about before. The Psalmist looks forward to this day with great joy. Sing to the ...