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? Easter Day Ascension Day The Day of Pentecost Trinity Sunday Trinity Sunday All Saints’ Day Christmas Day The Eiphany Ascension Day is always the 40th day of Eastertide, and on it we com...

“Thomas said to Jesus, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”… from the Gospel according to St. John. Sometime during my high school years, I started to rebel against what I saw as the Establishment, which mostly meant my father. I let my hair grow long, much to his chagrin, and started t...

Jesus said, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.” In this part of the world, we know about cattle. I read about the recent dedication of a monument to Capt. John T. Lytle, who is recognized as the first to drive a herd of 3500 Longhorn cattle from South Texas to Fort Robinson, Nebraska, in 1874, blazing what is now known as the Great Western Trail. The trail crossed the Red River at Doan’s Crossing, a ghost town about 13 miles...

He had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread
Sermon / April 30, 2017

Laurie and I travel so much that our theme song is “On the Road Again,” by Willie Nelson. Every time we load up and head for Grapevine, one of us starts singing it. We decided we needed something a little bigger for hauling so much stuff back and forth, so we bought an older Ford Expedition. When I was checking out the radio, I noticed that it had a jukebox function. Evidently, you can record a CD into internal memory and play it bac...

The Ministry of Reconciliation
Sermon / April 23, 2017

This Sunday has a few names in our tradition. Our Sunday Lectionary calls it the Second Sunday of Easter. That’s because last Sunday was technically the First Sunday of Easter, or Eastertide, meaning the time or season of Easter. But that has been only since 1970. Before that it was called the First Sunday after Easter. Some people call this Low Sunday, because the attendance is typically lower than last Sunday. We might even call it...

The Magic of Easter
Sermon / April 16, 2017

Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! Tonight we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from death and grave to eternal life. But, for many people, Easter means so much more. As I was watching television earlier today, I saw an ad for a Golden Easter Bunny made of chocolate. The tag line was something about the Magic of Easter. It occurs to me that for most people, that is what Easter is all about.