Sermons (Page 3)

Sermons (Page 3)

First Sunday after Christmas

First Sunday after Christmas When Adam was about 4 or 5 years old, one of our favorite father and son traditions was to get up early and have breakfast at a local diner—Adam used to call it “pancake day”.  Having done all our preparation for Christmas one year, Adam and I took some time out for a breakfast at this favorite diner.  At the booth next to us was a family of three—a little girl, her father, and mother.  The…

Christmas – The Feast of the Incarnation

Christmas A mother wrote into the “Clean Laugh” web site with this story: Her children had spent many summer days watching their new Cinderella video until they knew all the songs by heart. To combat the heat, they had also left most of the windows open in the house. Little did they know that others had been enjoying the video right along with them. A few days later, this mother was out in her yard when she heard the burly…

Fourth Sunday in Advent

Fourth Sunday in Advent I have a question.  On this fourth Sunday of Advent, as we wait for the Christ child to be born again in our hearts, what do you need to hear today?  When you hear the story of Mary being visited by her cousin Elizabeth.  What do you need to take away from the telling of this story today?  Perhaps one thing we all need and that we all can take away with us today is the…

Third Sunday in Advent

Third Sunday in Advent I have always loved the legend of how St. Francis taught the people of a small town to “feed their wolf.” It is a strangely humorous saga with layer upon layer of metaphor and meaning.  In a nutshell, the residents of this small town had a problem.  Each morning when people woke up, they began to find the bloody remains of some of their townsfolk on the streets of their beautiful city.  Since the people were…

Second Sunday in Advent

Second Sunday in Advent Today, Luke’s opening words might look something like this: In the second year of the Presidency of Donald J. Trump, alongside Attorney General Jeff Sessions- Oops, I mean acting Acting Attorney General Matthew Whittaker, when Jerry Brown was governor of California and Justin the Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church and Marc the Bishop of the Diocese of California… You get the idea. Back then, people didn’t measure time then way…

First Sunday in Advent

First Sunday in Advent So, today is the first Sunday of Advent, when we mark the beginning of a new liturgical year.  And during the week, as I was reflecting on this, I started thinking about how as children we have so many “beginnings”.  For children, everything is “new.”  Conversely, though, I also then started thinking about how the older we get, the more “endings” there seem to be.  At first, I thought this was a pretty depressing realization to…

Christ the King (Last Sunday after Pentecost)

Christ the King And Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this, I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. I still remember the first time I heard Christ referred to as “King.”  I was actually a teenager and had been invited to attend a prayer meeting in Palo Alto. The large auditorium in which we met was bare except for…

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving In our Gospel for today there’s one word that gets repeated over and over again: the word ‘Worry’. It’s something that Jesus warned against on many occasions. He says in verse 25, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear”. And again in verses 27-28, he says: “And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your…

Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost When I was 25 years old, I was living in New York City and had just been promoted to Account Executive as part of a team managing a $60 million advertising account for the agency that employed me.  I had a window office on the 12th floor looking out on Madison Avenue.  I had a wonderful apartment in Gramercy Park.  I had friends, and enough disposable income to enjoy living in New York.  Then, on a…

Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Many of you probably remember the original Godfather movie from the 1970s.  It’s about an aging patriarch of an organized crime family who transfers control of his empire to his reluctant son, Michael.  As the film goes along we discover what this responsibility and the power that goes with it does to Michael. The closing scene of The Godfather is particularly memorable.  It is, as we are gathered today for, a baptism. Michael Corleone’s nephew is being baptized,…