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 Baptism of Our Lord, Jesus Christ
Sermon / January 8, 2017

And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” from the Gospel according to St. Matthew. Today we commemorate and celebrate the Baptism of Jesus by St John in the Jordan River. As we learned in the Gospel, John hesitated, because he thought himself unworthy to baptize Jesus, and instead he should be baptized by him. Jesus says, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this wa...

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...