Sermons from 2019 (Page 2)

Sermons from 2019 (Page 2)

Feast of St. Francis (observed)

Welcome to St. Francis Sunday — the Sunday when we remember the person most associated with animals in the history of Christianity. I have always loved St. Francis Sunday because it reminds me that Jesus’ life, Jesus’ death, Jesus’ resurrection, the good news for a broken world that we celebrate every Sunday — these events were not just for me, not just for humankind, but for all of creation. A relationship between God and the non-human animals of the world…

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

The Very Rev. H. T. Knight Theologian Karl Barth once said to a preacher:  “Take your Bible and take your newspaper, and read both.  But interpret newspapers from your Bible.” It’s hard to pick up a newspaper or watch the news these days without hearing about climate change.  The front page of yesterday’s San Francisco Chronicle had a photo of a young person at the climate march holding up a big sign:  “ADULTS! DO YOUR HOMEWORK  (THE KIDS HAVE DONE…

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

I have always been a firm believer in hope.  I believe the best way to overcome loss, is to remind ourselves of all that we have been blessed with.  I believe that the best way to combat failure is to look at what can be learned from that failure to achieve success.  I believe that the best way to combat depression is by looking to the future with faith in a God who promises to sustain us.  And, of course,…

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

During my second year of seminary, a friend of mine and I started talking about the price of our faith journeys.  I complained about the difficulty of the life I had chosen.  About all that I had given up to enter seminary.  Then my friend told me his story.  He had been a successful executive for the long-distance phone company, MCI, long before that company had gone public or grown into the multi-billion dollar entity that it became.  At one…

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

As a gay man, I have a sort of love/hate relationship with the word pride. Sometimes pride refers to the self-respect and strength that is needed to sustain a person or a group in the face of hardship. For obvious reasons, pride is an important word for the gay community. But, as a parent, I have an issue with another meaning of the word pride, which is an inordinate self-esteem. As parents, it has always been important for me and…

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

I have always been a student of human nature.  I suppose that’s one reason I became a priest.  I love trying to understand people and trying to understand the human condition.  To contemplate the purpose for our existence and to at least attempt to grasp some understanding of the greater meaning of life One of the most intriguing things I have noticed, is our surprising inability to look at ourselves with a critical eye.  We seem to find it so…

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Back in the 1990’s, then Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, was rushing to catch a train in London.  In his haste, he accidentally jumped on the wrong passenger car and found himself in a car full of inmates from a mental hospital, all wearing mental hospital clothing Just as the train pulled out of the station, an orderly came in and began to count the inmates, “1-2-3-4…”… when suddenly he saw this distinguished-looking gentleman wearing a business suit and a…

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

In looking over the readings for this week I started thinking about one of my pet peeves.  It’s something I’ve noticed in recent years everywhere from restaurants and coffee shops to retail stores and gyms.  People don’t ask for things anymore.  We don’t say, “may I have” this.  Or “could I please have” that.  We say “I want.”  I want this and I want that.  Have you noticed this? Now, you can argue that it’s just not good manners but…

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…