Today on our calendar we had the option of celebrating this special feast day, the birthday of John the Baptist. You know John. He was that crazy guy who spent his time in the wilderness until he began to preach repentance and baptism for the forgiveness of sins. His father was Zechariah,...

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.” ...

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 Lor...

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 lett...

Continue to Run the Race
Sermon / October 9, 2016

The saying is sure: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he will also deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful– for he cannot deny himself. From the second letter to St. Timothy. Continuing in the second letter to St. Timothy, we read St. Paul exhorting St. Timothy to keep the faith, and in so doing, to suffer for it. “Share in suffering like a ...