Sermons from January 2019

Sermons from January 2019

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…

First Sunday after Epiphany

First Sunday after Epiphany We’re all familiar with the phrase, “Terms of Endearment.”  They’re those distinctive words or phrases we use to let folks know they are special to us. In preparation for this sermon, I decided to make a list of all the names that we have used at different times in his life, to refer to our son, Adam.  I was amazed at how many I came up with. There is Adambadam, Adamboo, Boopster, Bopster, Moopster, Mopster, Mister…

Feast of the Epiphany

Epiphany On the feast of the Epiphany in the year 1929, an 18-year-old girl arrived by train at the capital of the Bengal state in the country of India. Raised in comfort in Eastern Europe, this bright young woman would spend the next 20 years of her life as a Sister of Loretto, teaching geography to high-school girls from wealthy families in the suburbs of that capital. In 1949, at the age of 38, that same woman felt a powerful…