Jesus said, “And what I say to you I say to all: Watch.” from the Gospel according to St. Mark. (13:24-37) Happy New Year! Too early you say? Maybe for your iPhone’s calendar, but not for the Church Year. This is the first Sunday of Advent, the beginning of our Church Calendar year. The liturgical color has changed to Purple, and if you read some of the info out there about Advent, it says that the color represents the solemnity or somberness ...

Jesus said, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory.” … from the Gospel according to St. Matthew. This the last Sunday of our Church year, and it is Christ the King Sunday. We heard in the Gospel today that Jesus, the Son of Man, one day will come and sit on his throne. The concept of a King is not well known in this country, since we rejected the notion of royalty...

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 ...

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 ...

Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant
Sermon / October 30, 2016

The city of Thessalonica was established some 300 years BC, and became an important Port city on the Aegean Sea, in the Byzantine empire. The city still thrives and is now in modern day Greece, and is called Thessoloniki. St. Paul established the church there, while spending about three months working to build it up. There were both Jews and Gentiles in the city, and many were converted by Paul’s teaching. He evidently wrote this let...