Sermons from June 2019

Sermons from June 2019

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…