May 31, Trinity Sunday

Father Jonathan gives us a fascinating way to consider the trinity; not as a baffling theological concept; not as a box that has to be checked off in your belief system;  but as a poetic, beautiful way to think about life.  God, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, in a continuous outpouring of love, in a dance with hands extended for you to join in.  A concept that could make not only athiests come to love God, but even Christians!

August 31 - Present your body as a living sacrifice

God's love took on a body and came to us in the form of Jesus Christ. God was here among us.

When we share the Eucharist, we speak metaphorically of body and blood, but remember that this sacrament is as close as we get to the REAL physical presence of God as Jesus solemnly reminds us "this is my body, this is my blood". We are also blessed with these bodies. Everything we do with them—our minds and hearts—can be to grow, serve, and expand into "the unspeakable sweetness of love".

June 15 - Seek out the Mystery

Today's sermon is from Reverend Lee Cunningham, who is a retired priest from a different faith tradition. But, more importantly, Lee is an active parishioner at St. Paul's, and he and his wife Charlene have contributed much to the life of our church. Reverend Cunningham is a student of parishes, congregations, church organization and their evolution. In this sermon he gives us a clever thought model to use for organizing ourselves and our missions: front end vs. back end. He pulls no punches, and gives us a "full length" sermon.

It is vital for us to hear his observations (critique) of St. Paul's. It is based on his many years in the ministry and his loving outsider's perspective.

May 4 - His blood be on us, and on our children.

Many Christians regard the execution of Jesus as a tragedy and assign blame. If only he hadn't been killed, things would be different. This view is wrong; and thinking this way has caused much pain, prejudice, and violence over the centuries.

When you blame somebody for Jesus' crucifixion (maybe the Jews, the Romans, Satan, this evil world) you miss the point spectacularly. The crucifixion was followed by the resurrection. Jesus had to die.