Lent is the preparation for the renewal of our baptismal vows in which we promise to see what is right with the world and trust that God is doing good; always, everywhere. When we look around us at this world, this is so difficult to accept as true.
Sermon from Ash Wednesday Evening Services
Marsha delves into the story of Satan's temptation of Jesus and proposes that the real story is not that Jesus held strong, but that Jesus' trust in God never faltered.
Peter, James and John follow Jesus to the top of the mountain, and they get a terrifying glimpse of the truth. These boys see the power and importance of what Jesus is doing.
Todd Foster is currently a transitional Deacon. Todd has recently returned from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and shares his observations and learnings. He explains the unique role of the Deacon in the church, and calls upon all of us to be Deacons.
The Annual Meeting brought forth nothing but good news. Finances are in order. Pledges are increasing. Membership is increasing. There is more going on around here than any one of us can attend, appreciate, or even know about.
Reverend Vollkommer is not referring to Jesus as having potential. Jesus' very essence was potential. He was born to give us potential, which is not a burden, but the greatest gift. Marsha urges us on and inspires us to shine forth in our everyday lives. The work of Christmas begins now.
Father Josh puts the miracle at the wedding in Canaan in perspective by taking us step-by-step through the book of John. Josh also gives us a simple and practical explanation of the ruling from the Anglican Primates' meeting last week.
Jesus was baptized by John in the river Jordan. An event that has reverberated through the history of Christianity.
Homilies from both the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services for 2015
The Rose-colored candle is burning, and we are told to rejoice on this Sunday of Advent. Is there anything to rejoice about?
Father Chuck opens up the season of Advent and gives us a truly wonderful mental image of Jesus' relationship with us. Inspiring and comforting words.
Christ the King. What does that mean? Based on what happened to Jesus, how could anyone conceive of him as a king? Father Jonathan gives us a new take on this question.
Reverend Vollkommer reflects on the horror and pain of the mass killings by religious radicals in Paris this past week. She admits that no human can answer why these things happen. She offers us a way not to understand such events, but instead, to try to deal with them. Healing and Forgiveness will spread.
Jesus' boldness and determination to expose the corruption of the temple in ancient Jerusalem was the major factor in his mock trial and execution. He was a sacrificial victim of a corrupt system.
Father Josh explains that Baptism puts to death any notion that we should live in fear. It reminds us that the Christian Life is a life of community, not individualism; that our vows at Baptism are counter to our culture's message. We should not live in fear and never consider ourselves and our loved ones to be more important than others.
The story of the blind beggar who yells out: "Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me!" isn't about the literal blindness of Bartimaeus. The story is really about the blind people in Jesus' inner circle. His closest disciples who could not see what he kept trying to show them were the truly blind that day. Bartimaeus, on the other hand, saw clearly who Jesus was and how to respond to him: with pure faith.
The book of Job is unique in all of the bible. It is a puzzling account of a good man who, for no apparent reason, God strips of everything good. Father Chuck addresses the two-edged sword of our most precious gift from God: free will.
Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.
-- Mark Twain
Jesus was not a "softie"by any stretch. By his example and his teachings, he holds out to us a very high standard. A standard that you and I, frankly, cannot meet. Ever. Period.