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    Sermon, First Sunday in Lent, 2024

    Christ endured the fasting and temptation in the wilderness out of love for us.  He endured torture and death out of love for us.  He rose and ascended to heaven where He sits at the right hand of God interceding in love for us.  But yet He also knew that the joy to be had when humanity and God are once again united in the world to come was worth all of the agony that He endured.  In our lives, we are blessed with sublime moments that allow us to glimpse God, that allow us a foreshadowing of that blessed joy that will one day be ours in its entirety. …

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    Sermon, Quinquagesima Sunday, 2024

    The epistle lesson this Sunday is St. Paul’s masterful ode to love, 1 Corinthians 13.  In love we allow ourselves and our plans to be interrupted by others.  Jesus demonstrated such love when He paused during His final journey to Jerusalem to heal a blind man.  However, the disciples in their ambitions, could not be interrupted by the plans Jesus set before them.  They were committed to their own plans so that they could not comprehend what Jesus had to do to redeem the world.  May we deny our own ambitions to listen to our Lord and follow Him in service to all. Propers      Manuscript

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    Homily, the Feast of St. Stephen, 2023

    St. Stephen, as the first Christian martyr, shows all the followers of God what godly dedication should be.  First, he is not afraid to speak the truth boldly, and yet he does not do so out of malice or hate for those who are murdering him.  St. Stephen, with his dying breathe, follows the example of Christ by praying for His persecutors even as they killed him.  And yet one of these persecutors would become St. Paul by whom the gospel was spread throughout the Roman Empire.  The Church, the Body of Christ, grows through our suffering.  Let us therefore welcome the suffering that God brings to us.  May we…

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    Homily, Christmas Day, 2023

    This Homily was read from the Christmas homily by R. U. Smith found on Lectionary Central.  In it we are encouraged to put aside the Christmas sentimentality that characterizes the secular celebrations of the season, and instead to truly celebrate Christmas as the spiritual holy day that it is. Propers    Manuscript

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    Homily, Christmas Eve, 2023

    To unbelievers, the Incarnation is foolishness. Unfortunately to believers, the Incarnation is often taken for granted. We are too comfortable with the story of Christmas. It would serve us well to spend a few moments considering just how impossible the Christmas story is, for then we might be all the more grateful for God’s love for us. God in Christ, did the impossible. He entered into our human sufferings. For with God, all things are possible. Propers    Manuscript

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    Sermon, 4th Sunday in Advent, 2023

    “Comfort, Comfort ye my people.”  Thus says the prophet Isaiah in the 40th chapter of the biblical book that bears his name.  We, the people of God, need the comfort of God for we still labor in this world under the curse.  But Christ came to us and remains with us by His Spirit living in and among us.  Where the bridegroom is, there is rejoicing.  Let us rejoice that God is with us.  The LORD is at hand! Propers    Manuscript

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    Sermon, 3rd Sunday in Advent, 2023

    In this life, we are necessarily most familiar with our own stories, and we are most familiar with our own struggles and pain.  It is therefore very easy to believe that our pain and difficulties are worse than that of other people.  In other words it is easy for us to be judgmental towards others.  This is an ancient problem for the Apostle Paul was often judged by those to whom he ministered.  And Jesus Himself, was seemingly judge by John the Baptist when John did not understand what was happening or what Jesus came to do.  So how do we avoid judging others?  Jesus is the only just judge. …

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    Sermon, 2nd Sunday in Advent, 2023

    The Holy Bible, God’s Word to us, is a tremendous gift.  It is given to us so that we can learn about God and meditate upon His direct message to us.  In learning the Word, we are formed and we develop patience, knowing that every one of God’s promises will come to pass, just like every promise about Christ came to pass. Propers    Manuscript

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    Christmastide and Epiphanytide Worship and Events at Christ the King

    Dec 20, Wednesday, 7 pm:  Greening of the Church Come by for hot cocoa and seasonal snacks and help us decorate for Christmas.  A fun and enjoyable time for all! Dec 22, Friday, 7 pm:  Christmas Lessons and Carols A service of scripture readings, carols, and special music.  This is one of the most beautiful services of the year so please join us! Dec 24, Sunday, 10:30 am: Sunday morning worship, 4th Sunday in Advent 8:00 pm:  Christmas Eve open house at the vicarage 11:00 pm:  Christmas Eve midnight mass – the first official worship of the Christmas season Dec 25, Monday, 1:30 pm Christmas is about Christ.  Let us…

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    Sermon, 1st Sunday in Advent, 2023

    In Advent, Christ comes to us historically for He was born two millennia ago in Bethlehem, and He comes to us in judgement as king for He will come to judge the earth.  But He also comes to us in each moment, seeking to renew our hearts so that we will one day enjoy the fullness of union with Christ.  This Advent season, let Christ into all of the locked away parts of your heart.  He will clean out all that does not honor Him so that we can be free from shame so that nothing will prevent us from enjoying Him now and forever. Propers    Manuscript

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