Sermons

Sermons

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

In looking over the readings for this week I started thinking about one of my pet peeves.  It’s something I’ve noticed in recent years everywhere from restaurants and coffee shops to retail stores and gyms.  People don’t ask for things anymore.  We don’t say, “may I have” this.  Or “could I please have” that.  We say “I want.”  I want this and I want that.  Have you noticed this? Now, you can argue that it’s just not good manners but…

Third Sunday after Pentecost

AT A CELEBRATION OF HOLY BAPTISM An encouraging study was published recently by the Corporation for National and Community Service.  The study showed that overall, 77.4 million Americans volunteered 6.9 billion hours of their time in 2017, which is the most recent year when these figures are available. Those volunteer hours are estimated to value $167 billion.  The study shows the more than 30% of adult Americans volunteer at least once a year, which is a whopping 6 percent increase…

Second Sunday after Pentecost

The Very Rev. H. T. Knight ALL ARE WELCOME The Gospel for today, about the drowning of all those poor pigs, has never been very enlightening for me, so I’m leaving it alone this morning.  But I do love that sentence of St. Paul’s in his letter to the young church in Galatia:  “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one…

Pentecost

I don’t know about you, but I find it increasingly challenging to get people excited about things. My theory is that we Americans have literally had so much for so long that our senses and sensibilities have been numbed.  We’re always looking for new ways to be entertained or excited because the things that excited our parents or grandparents seem boring to us. The most exciting thing recently that I’ve been aware of was the release of the next movie…

Seventh Sunday in Eastertide

In the 19th century, most American Christian denominations felt pretty smug that theirs was the real faith. Some might have begrudgingly admitted that not everyone would be cast into outer darkness for the sin of worshiping in the wrong building. But overall it was a time when theological differences, as well as liturgical practices, did separated people. Having said that, some denominations had a lot in common, whether they wanted to admit it or not. Take the Mennonites and the…

Sixth Sunday in Eastertide

We’ve all had the experience of hiring professional movers. But have you ever wondered what the experience of being a professional mover is like? Beyond just the back-breaking labor, there are some pretty unusual things that professional movers are hired to move. A quick search on the internet turned up a list of the following things that professional movers have been hired to move out of or into someone’s home: A taxidermied pet A live python A single chair .…

Fifth Sunday in Eastertide

THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, YEAR C Robert Munsch, a well-known author of children’s books, wrote the following, entitled “Love you forever.” Love You Forever begins with a mother holding her new baby. She rocks him and sings him a song: I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, As long as I’m living, My baby you’ll be. As the years go by, of course, the baby grows. He becomes a toddler, and gets into everything; and his mother…

Fourth Sunday in Eastertide

There’s a wonderful song that the singer John Mayer came out with a number of years ago. The song is entitled “No Such Thing.”  Part of the lyrics from that song read: I wanna run through the halls of my high school I wanna scream at the top of my lungs I just found out there’s no such thing as the real world Just a lie you’ve got to rise above. That song is about a teenager coming to an…

Second Sunday in Eastertide

In 1974, a young scientist named Stephen Hawking made a dramatic presentation to a group of elite physicists at Oxford University. When he finished, the session moderator blurted out simply, “This is rubbish.” Physicists attempt to prove the size, shape, and workings of the universe with mathematics. Just about everyone has heard of Einstein’s theory of relativity, which attempts to prove that light traveling through a field of gravitation is slightly distorted. Einstein believed that there had to be another…

Easter Sunday

Pastor Pete’s Easter sermon was all ready – or so he thought. Having only graduated from seminary three months prior to taking his position at the Episcopal Church of St. Perpetua and Her Companions, Pete was well versed in all the latest and most interesting theology. He made the final touches to his sermon on Holy Saturday morning and outlined its content to his wife. He told her that his sermon was based on the theology of Paul Tillich and…