Advent 1, 2018 Luke 21:25-31 Today begins the new year of our church calendar, the first Sunday of Advent. Happy new year! The season, which is largely ignored by the world, is a time of preparation for the coming of the Lord. When we speak of the coming of the Lord, there is of course our annual celebration of the Holy Nativity, the Christmas, and there is the second coming, the one foretold in the Gospel we heard today. St. Luke quoted the word...

John 18:33-37 Christ the King Sunday Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” 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...

Mark 13:14-23 We are nearing the end of the liturgical year, being the 26th Sunday after Pentecost. Next Sunday will celebrate Christ the King, which caps off the year with a reminder of who is our true King, the one who loves us, protects us, and saves us. The reading from the Gospel of St. Mark today is from chapter 13, where there is a long discourse of Jesus teaching about the end times. This occurs on the Mount of Olives, East of Jerusalem. ...

The LORD loves the righteous; the LORD cares for the stranger
Sermon / November 11, 2018

The LORD loves the righteous; the LORD cares for the stranger; * he sustains the orphan and widow, but frustrates the way of the wicked. Ps 146:8 If there is one saying of Jesus that always gives your priests pause, it is the one you just heard from the Gospel. “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes…” But before I get into all of that, let me acknowledge this special day, which is the 100th anniversary o...

Submit Yourselves Therefore to God
Sermon / November 3, 2018

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into dejection. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” – James 4:7-12 (13-5:6) In the 4th chapter of the letter of St. Jam...

The Bond and Covenant of Holy Matrimony
Sermon / November 3, 2018

Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh. Genesis 2:24 What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” Mark 10:9 The lessons today are from the Church’s core teaching about Holy Matrimony. We teach that Holy Matrimony is a sacrament, which is of course an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain m...