GRACE TO YOU AND PEACE FROM GOD OUR FATHER AND THE LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. AMEN. It has been almost eleven years since the event that changed many lives in Nickel Mines, Penn. It was the day that Charles Roberts IV walked into a one room school house in an Amish community, ordered the men and boys to leave at gun point, tied up ten little girls, aged 6 to 13, killed five of them, injured the others, then killed himself. Charles’ parents ...

I don’t know about you, but I hate conflict. I go out of my way to avoid it. I know that is not always a good thing. Sometimes you have to confront things head on for the good of all concerned. The scripture readings today give us advice on how to handle conflict. The toughest conflict is that which happens within a family. I can tell you from experience of being a police chaplain, the calls that the cops dread the most are family disturbances...

My time at Camp Crucis recently reminded me of my days as a Boy Scout. My old friend, Fr. Moseley, or Father Salt as I like to call him, was a fellow Scout, and we went on many camp-outs together. We learned many things about camping. We learned to prepare our gear, shop for food, prepare meals, and best of all we learned how to put up tents and set up camp. It was fun, too! Part of the fun was finding the best place to set up camp. We would h...

Prayer
Sermon / September 18, 2016

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone…” From the first letter to St. Timothy. This week we continue reading the first letter to St. Timothy, in the second chapter. This bit is a teaching from St. Paul on prayer. The tradition handed down to us by the Church of England is contained in the Book of Common Prayer. The first prayer book was published in 1549 du...

Christian Duty
Sermon / September 4, 2016

“When I remember you in my prayers, I always thank my God because I hear of your love for all the saints and your faith toward the Lord Jesus.” from the letter to Philmon. The letter to Philemon, from which we read today, is a very interesting letter, unlike any other of the letters of St. Paul. It starts off with a personal greeting; To Philemon our dear friend and co-worker, to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow soldier, an...

Remember Your Leaders
Sermon / August 28, 2016

“Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” From the letter to the Hebrews. We have been reading a section of the Letter to the Hebrews, and for the last two weeks we have heard about fire as a purifying, refining force. “Our God is a consuming fire.”