Sermons from November 2019

Sermons from November 2019

Feast of Christ the King

In his ministry, Jesus once declared, “For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners”. Now, we Episcopalians sometimes get a little jittery around the word “sin.” And I believe we are justified in feeling that way. The word sin has been co-opted over the centuries and used to denote an act that is some ethical, moral, or legally religious transgression against God. And with that definition, sin has been used to make many people feel or believe…

Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

A young man phones up his father at work for a chat. The dad says, “I’m so sorry, son, I’d love to talk, but I’m up to my neck in work today” Son says, “But dad, I’ve got some good news and some bad news for you.” Dad says, “OK, but since I’ve got no time, just give me the good news.” Son says, “OK.  Well, the air bags work . . .” I know they’re corny, but I love…

Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

If you’re a teacher or you know someone who is a good teacher, you’ll appreciate this story.  There was a priest who, for many years, made it his policy to refer the theological questions of six-year-olds to his wife.  Since she taught young children, he thought she had a much better grasp than he did on how to address the questions children asked. One day, a first-grader brought a drawing of a skeleton into class where his wife taught English…