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    Sermon, 2nd Sunday after Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday, 2024

    Christ Jesus is both our Good Shepherd, leading us through the Valley of the Shadow of Death in this life, and The Lamb of God who takest away the sins of the world. He is set before us as an example of godliness and righteousness in conduct, but also of a love that sacrifices for others. We therefore are called as His followers to be obedient and sacrificial in our lives. We too are to be sheep, obediently following our shepherd, and Shepherd, laying our lives down for others. Propers    Manuscript

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    Feast of the Ascension, 2024

    Join us to celebrate the Ascension of Christ on May 9, 40 days after Easter.  The Ascension is one of the primary feasts of the church and is also the Patronal Feast Day for our parish for when Christ ascends into the heavens, He then sits down at the right hand of God the Father upon His throne from which He rules the earth through His people the Church.  We will meet at 7pm for the service of Holy Communion. May 9, 7 pm.

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    Sermon, Palm Sunday, 2024

    In the Epistle lesson for Palm Sunday from Philippians 2, we are instructed to have the mind of Christ, and more specifically that we would follow the example of humility set by Christ through His Passion and service to God and to us humans.  Yet our American culture fights against the formation of godly humility in us, and unfortunately, too many churches do not provide the tools to form us in such godliness.  We must be discerning.  We must be students of the scripture.  We must seeks the old paths found in the Church that are healthful for us.  And then we must endeavor to follow Christ in humble ministry.…

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    Sermon, 5th Sunday in Lent, Passion Sunday, 2024

    What is the Atonement?  How have many people through history mischaracterized the Atonement wrought for us by Jesus Christ?  In the Atonement, Christ marries, His Bride, the Church, and from the cross He looked down upon His people in love, knowing that all the pain and suffering He endured would bring wholeness to all who would have faith in Him and would redeem Creation to an even greater glory that it originally had.  May we stay at the foot of the cross, always in His loving gaze.  And may our eyes be firmly fixed upon the Man, upon the God, who saves us and lives in us. Propers      Manuscript

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    Sermon, Third Sunday in Lent, 2024

    Many Christians try to live in two worlds.  We like the things of the world, holding on to habitual sins and things in this world that do not lead us into godliness.  But we also attend church and might read our Bibles now and then.  We want Jesus, but not enough to actually be too inconvenienced by Him.  Christ reminds us in St. Luke 11, that a house divided against itself cannot stand.  And St. Paul reminds us that if we really are children of the light, then we should walk as children of the light.  Let us not be half-in and half-out.  May be we all-in for following Jesus.…

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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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    Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright: Book Study for Epiphany / Lent 2023

    Beginning on Thursday, Jan. 18, and continuing irregularly through Apr. 18, we as a parish will be reading N.T. Wright’s book Surprised by Hope, which explores the Church’s doctrine of heaven and eternal life in the context of the Church.  Most of us are intrigued by these topics and it is important to understand what the Bible actually teaches, and also what popular ideas may be prevalent in the Church even though though they are not scriptural.  We will conclude this study just before Holy Week, and my hope is that the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ will bless us even more greatly after we have more carefully considered…

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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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