Luke 6:17-26 The Gospel we heard today begins on a level place, sometimes called the Plain. Earlier in this chapter, we heard that Jesus had gone to a mountain to pray, and had called his disciples, whom he also designated his Apostles. As would become the norm, a large crowd gathered around Jesus. He taught them, and he healed them. In fact so many were trying to touch him that power came out from him and he healed all of them. This was a wonder...

Luke 5:1-11 I am not much of a fisherman. I have tried a few times, and while I enjoy being on the water, in a boat, with someone who is a good fisherman, I have a hard time seeing the joy in it. I have a couple of friends who really enjoy it. One has taken me out for the day, and I almost caught one fish. I enjoyed the company anyway. There is a lot of stuff needed to be a successful fisherman. There is the all important rod and reel, the hooks,...

1 Corinthians 14:12b-20 This is an exciting day! Today we get to welcome a new Christian into our fellowship. And this is a wonderful time of year to do just that. We have just recently celebrated the birthday of Jesus, and his baptism, and his revelation to the world. Baptism is the sacrament of New Birth, that cleanses us from the stain of original sin, and regenerates us into the new life in Christ Jesus. In addition to the Baptism, I will sea...

The wedding at Cana
Sermon / January 20, 2019

John 2:1-11 This is the first miracle of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel according to St. John. The first chapter established that Jesus is the Word made flesh, God incarnate. He then proceeds to call disciples to himself and begin his ministry. The story we heard today begins with the words, “On the third day…” This is a hint of the greatest miracle to come, his resurrection on the third day of his blessed passion. On this da...

The Baptism of our Lord Jesus
Sermon / January 13, 2019

Today we commemorate the Baptism of our Lord Jesus. Why did Jesus need to be baptized? He certainly had no sin to be cleansed. He knew that he was one with God the Father and God the Spirit. In fact, we know from the Scripture we heard this morning that the Father claimed him and pronounced his pleasure in his Son: In verse 22, we read, “…the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form, as a dove, and a voice came from heaven,...

The Epiphany
Sermon / January 6, 2019

Today is the feast of the Epiphany of our Lord. It is one of the principal feasts of the Church. As we heard in the Gospel today, three wise men came from the East to find the new born king. We three kings of Orient are… Who were these wise men? The Greek word that is translated here as wise men, is “Magoi” which became the English word “Magi.” That word can be translated as “magician” in other places, like the Acts of the...