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. ...

Christ the King Sunday
Sermon / November 20, 2016

This is the King of the Jews, from the Gospel of St. Luke Today is what is known as Christ the King Sunday. It is also the last Sunday of the Church year, as next week Advent begins. Today we celebrate the Kingship of our Lord Jesus, who ascended into heaven and is seated on the right hand of the Father, as we say in the Nicene Creed. We Americans do not have much experience with Kings and Royalty and such. We know that 240 years ago we...

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...