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, “Th...

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 Apostles,...

John 1:1-18 The Word made Flesh This is the first Sunday in Christmastide, that wonderful 12 day feast that is over for most of your friends. Why 12 days? I think it is because while many holy days are celebrated for an octave, or 8 days, Christmas is celebrated for an Octave and a half. That gives it a little more celebration than the rest. Christmas is over for most of the world. For many it is the culmination of the frantic shopping, the party...

The Holy Name of our Lord, Jesus Christ
Sermon / January 1, 2017

“And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.” From the Gospel of St. Luke. Today we celebrate the Holy Name of Jesus. This was the name given to Mary by the angel at the annunciation in Luke 1:31: “And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call him Jesus.”...

Christmas Opportunity
Sermon / December 25, 2016

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness–on them light has shined.” What does Christmas mean to you? Certainly for Christians, Jesus is the reason for the season, right? The Word made flesh, as St. John would put it. Any child can tell you it’s Jesus’ birthday. For many people, the reasons tend to be more worldly; giving and receiving gifts, going to parties, se...

Prepare the Way of the Lord
Sermon / December 4, 2016

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: `Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.'” From the Gospel of St. Matthew. St. Matthew here quotes from the prophet Isaiah in Chapter 40. Verses 3 – 5 are these: A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, Make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the unev...