St. John the Baptizer said, “I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” From the Gospel according to St. Mark” Today we are celebrating the baptism of Jesus. The baptism consisted of the washing in the river, and the anointing of the Holy Spirit.  St. Peter mentions this in Acts 10:38: God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit. The Sacrament of Confirmation is the completion of the Sacrament ...

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...

Faith, Love & Be Ready
Sermon / August 7, 2016

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval.” From the letter to the Hebrews. The letter to the Hebrews has been read in churches since the second century, and while many of the Fathers attribute it to St. Paul, there have been some doubt that, too. There is no address, or personal greetings like many of the well known Epistles, but the language ...

Prayer
Sermon / July 24, 2016

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” From the Gospel according to St. Luke. Teach us to pray. That is at once a simple request, and profound statement. It seems odd to me that the disciples would ask such a question. Surely they would be familiar with prayer. The Old Testament is filled with references to ...

God’s Time
Sermon / July 17, 2016

“You who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him– provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven.” From the Epistle to the Coloss...