Sermons

Sermons

Fourth Sunday in Lent

The old town mayor was on his death bed.  He had only hours to live when he suddenly smelled the scent of fresh rolls wafting into his room. Aaahhhh. . . He loved his wife’s freshly baked rolls more than anything else in the world. With his last bit of energy, he pulled himself out of bed. . . Down the stairs and into the kitchen he went. There was his beloved wife, Lillian, kneading the dough for a new…

Second Sunday in Lent

I hope that you all are having a blessed morning so far today! This week, I’ve been pondering the idea of “blessings”. One of the things I love about what we do here at Christ Church is how much we take time to proclaim God’s blessing: we share birthday blessings, we share anniversary blessings, we do prayer shawl blessings, among others. Today’s Gospel reading from Luke even ended with the familiar words: “Blessed is the one who comes in the…

First Sunday in Lent

Bishop’s Visitation Sunday — sermon by Bishop Marc H. Andrus of the Diocese of California. Transcript not available.

Last Sunday after Epiphany

I have always wondered about people who have conversations with God.  By that I mean people who profess to actually hear God speaking.  I have a very dear friend named Channing who happens to be an Episcopal priest and he has shared with me the 2 times in his life when he says that God has actually spoken to him. Once was when he was called to become a priest. The second was when God was inviting him to become…

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

Would you be surprised if I told you that I’m often uncomfortable when someone tells me they love me?  Well, I am . . . but not in the way you think.  You see, I’m not talking about love as an honest affirmation.  I’m talking about someone who dislikes or even despises me and who isn’t afraid to tell me so, but then decides to make themselves feel better by concluded the encounter with a reassurance of his or her…

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany “The Lord be with you.”  (And also with you.) Yes!  That’s the answer.  The Lord is with us.  God is with us.  If that’s the only thing you remember from this sermon today, I will have done my job.  The Lord is with you, the Lord is with me – or as is becoming the preferred usage:  God is with you.  God is with me.  God is with us and within us – all of us.…

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany Now, I know it might be stretching it a bit to start using baseball analogies when the Super Bowl was just last week.  But, I want you to imagine this situation. You are playing in a championship baseball game and there are two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.  Your team is ahead by one run, but the opposing team has the bases loaded.  And you are a pitcher.  There are other pitchers in…

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany In 1978, a man named John David, who was a member of the singing group Airwaves, released a song entitled, “You are the New Day.”  The lyrics go, in part, like this: You are the new day. I will love you more than me and more than yesterday If you can but prove to me you are the new day Send the sun in time for dawn Let the birds all hail the morning Love of…

Third Sunday after Epiphany

Third Sunday after Epiphany (Annual Meeting) One of the most helpful organizations I belonged to as a teenager was the Key Club. Key Club was the teenage incarnation of the Kiwanis Club.  Much of what I know about public speaking, organizational leadership and parliamentary procedure I learned from my time in Key Club. Our High School Key Club always opened its meetings with a distinctive ritual. The president called the meeting to order and immediately asked “Future Leaders of America,…

Second Sunday after Epiphany

Second Sunday after Epiphany (MLK, Jr. Weekend) I suppose it’s a hazard of my profession, but I find it difficult to go anywhere without looking for, look at, and thinking about churches and houses of worship.   I did it again this past week when I was in Los Angeles visiting friends.  As I drove from Torrance to West Hollywood and back I couldn’t help but notice how many churches or other houses of worship I passed. There were Roman Catholic…