Services and Sermons
So, we begin with Paul: I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
The good news is that this anxiety about disease and the turmoil about racism both can tools in the hand of our divine gardener to break up our packed earth, rake out the stones, and pull up the thorns, so that our hearts can receptive to the words, the blessings, and the love of God which is broadcast so liberally upon our lives.
God loves us, everyone of us, no exceptions. And the yoke Jesus invites us to shoulder are to love God and love each other, no exceptions.
God loves you. God loves me. God loves everyone. Even the people we don’t, even the ones that cause damage to the world, even the ones who harm us. God loves everyone. No exceptions.
I am sick and tired of this pandemic. I am sick and tired of racism and the abuse of power. I am sick and tired of polarization. I am sick and tired of death. And I am sick and tired of talking about them.
We proclaim the possibility of a new and better world for which God yearns. And we dedicate ourselves to helping to build that new world. A world of justice, where authority and power are used to protect the weak from the strong, the poor from the rich, and the minority from the majority
In this time of COVID19 and the response to the killing of George Floyd, it may seem irrelevant to be focusing on the arcane doctrine of the Trinity. Is that not merely a flight from the difficult issues of the day? Or might thinking about the Trinity provide a context or lens through which we might see our current context more clearly?
Jesus said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” In the Name of God. Amen.
“Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” In the Name of the one, holy, and undivided Trinity. Amen.
So, this time of pandemic is an opportunity to walk the Purgative Way and lay aside what is unnecessary or unhelpful to us.
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. We have no better friend or guide.
We learn that voice through reading the Gospels and through talking to Jesus ourselves. And don’t be surprised if in following that voice we find ourselves sharing our resources with our neighbors breaking bread with glad and generous hearts, and praising God.
So as we endure this time of disease and death, into what new thing is God refining us?
In the end we practice hope, courage, and love. It’s the Christian thing to do.
Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen, indeed! Alleluia! Amen.
COVID19 is commanding much of our attention this Lent. Indeed, it almost seems as if protecting ourselves and our loved ones from infection and helping our neighbors in any way we can has become our Lenten discipline
Why would God not want us to know good and evil? Isn’t the ability to judge between good and evil a good thing? Are we not supposed to make moral judgements? How can we be good human beings if we don’t know what is good and what is bad?
When Jesus was baptized, there was a voice from heaven that said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” This marked the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry.
Moses offers us a choice: life or death, blessing or curse. “Choose life!” he exhorts.
Well, that’s a nice thing for Jesus to say about us. Then come the implications. We cannot lose our flavor. We have to shine for the world. He goes on to say that he did not come to abolish the law or the prophets; he came to fulfill them. Fulfilling both the law and the prophets is a tricky thing, for there is a tension between the commandments and the prophets who bring the word of God to the people of God.
The Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost E. Bevan Stanley November 10, 2019 Proper 27, Year C, RCL Haggai 1:15b-2:9 Psalm 17:1-9 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 Luke 20:27-38 Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to God all of them are alive. In the Name of the Father and of the […]
The Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost E. Bevan Stanley November 3, 2019 Proper 26, Year C, Track 1 Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-42 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12Luke 19:1-10 “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.” In the Name […]
All Saints Day E. Bevan Stanley November 1, 2019 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. What is a saint? A saint is a holy person. The word “saint” comes from the Latin “sanctus.” And “holy” means set apart for God’s purposes. It seems […]
The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost E. Bevan StanleySeptember 22, 2019Proper 20, Year C, RCL, Track 1 Jesus said, “No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” In the name […]
The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost E. Bevan StanleySeptember 15, 2019Proper 19, Year C, RCL Jesus said, “There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous person who need no repentance.” In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Welcome to […]
The Thirteeenth Sunday after Pentecost E. Bevan StanleySeptember 8, 2019Proper 18, Year C, Track 1Jeremiah 18:1-11Philemon 1-21 Luke 14:25-33 From the Gospel: Whoever comet to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. In the Name of the Father and […]
The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost E. Bevan StanleySeptember 1, 2019Proper 17, Year C From the Prophet Jeremiah: Be appalled, O heavens, at this, be shocked, be utterly desolate, says the Lord, for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living water, and dug out cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that […]