Stop by St. Michael’s Church on Halloween for a treat starting at dusk.
Being a disciple is being a learner—one open to being taught. A disciple is open to being changed and formed much as clay is formed by a potter into something useful and beautiful.
“Remember that God loves us exactly the way we are. And God loves us too much to let us stay like this.” [Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies, p. 135]
The Liturgy of today is so full of extraordinary themes and invitations to us. We are in the season of the Great 50 Days of Easter – a time that summoned the early Christian community to reflect on the mysteries of the faith they celebrated at Easter. Now, and for 50 days time, is given for us to further reflect on these mysteries and deepen the faith that was confirmed or renewed in our Baptismal promises at Easter. Now is the time to seriously hear God’s voice in new ways.
“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” †
“You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me” (John 12.8) †
Paul wrote, “In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ.” In the Name of the one, holy, and undivided Trinity. Amen.
This is my last sermon to you. While I am excited at the prospect of retirement, I will miss all of you very much. I love you all. You have become dear to me in ways and to a degree that I cannot express.
Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. In the Name of the one, holy, and undivided Trinity. Amen.
The LORD said to Abram, “DO not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” In the Name of the one, holy, and undivided Trinity. Amen.