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 ...

Love Your Enemies and Pray For Those Who Persecute You
Sermon / February 19, 2017

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven;” from the Gospel according to St. Matthew. In today’s reading from the Gospel, Jesus continues to upset the norms of society. The people had a concept of justice formed by the Law of Moses, and by the interpretations...

Jesus and the Law of Moses
Sermon / February 12, 2017

The Gospel reading this week is about Jesus teaching about the Law of Moses. The Pharisees were very strict about the Law, and they wanted everyone else to follow it, too. But Jesus saw something in the Pharisees that they couldn’t see. The Law that they loved so much had become more about legalism, and less about God’s purpose for his people. The Pharisees put the Law above the Lord by judging those who did not abide by it....

The First Step of Faith
Sermon / February 5, 2017

Jesus said, “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them.” from the Gospel according to St. Matthew. The Law of Moses is an important topic in the Gospel according to St. Matthew. Jesus made reference to the Law to assure the Pharisees and other leaders of the Jews that he respected the Law, and would not abolish it. If Jesus were to teach that he was above the ...