Sermons from April 2019

Sermons from April 2019

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…

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is one of the great festivals of the Christian Year. However, I have often wondered just what this day really does signify for most Christians.  Is it simply a reminder that fickle human beings can shout “Hosanna” one day, and then a few days later, those same people cry, “Crucify him”?  That’s certainly a part of the Holy Week story. But then it struck me that Palm Sunday’s real purpose is to remind us of the necessity of…

Fifth Sunday in Lent

The United States Office of Government Ethics maintains pages and pages of rules that relate to gift-giving by and to federal employees. For example, an employee may never give a gift to the employee’s official superior, with the exception of on annual holidays and birthdays, when an employee is allowed to give his or her superior a gift, so long as it does not have a cash value of more than $10.  Gifts received from people outside the office are…