Welcomes You

Sermons and Statements

October 17, 2014

Ignatius was a martyr.  He didn’t just die for his faith, he agitated for martyrdom.  When he heard the Roman emperor Trajan was nearby, he went and stood in front of him and publicly proclaimed himself a Christian. Since being a Christian was a crime against the state – essentially treason – the emperor did what he was supposed to do.  He had him arrested and...

October 12, 2014

Happy anniversary and welcome home!  This celebration seems to have been as big an organizational problem and every bit as complex as a society wedding.  A whole lot of guests have been invited, and I think almost every single one showed up at the feast on Friday night.  There were no empty seats to be seen.  I didn’t get the instructions about black tie and evening...

October 11, 2014

Have you ever had something go wrong during worship?  The day after I was ordained a deacon the bishop came for a visitation.  It was my job to read the gospel.  We took the gospel book down the aisle, opened it, and I started to read, “The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, according to John.”  I quickly realized something was wrong, but I wasn’t sure...

October 5, 2014

I’ve been at two of TEC’s seminaries this past week, and both of them are embroiled in significant conflict, mostly related to financial challenges, changing realities in the world around us, and what their vision for the future is going to be.  This congregation has never had any controversies about such things, have you?

Human communities are in pretty continual flux,...

September 28, 2014

Today, Jacob would probably be sent to a sleep lab, to see if apnea is causing his frequent midnight disturbances.  One night he wrestles with an angel and wakes up with a dislocated hip.  In today’s account he sleeps on a rock and has wild dreams.  In other cultures people really do use rock hard pillows – they were traditional in China, and carried sacred and life-...

September 17, 2014

We thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon these your servants the forgiveness of sin, and have raised them to the new life of grace. Sustain them, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give them an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to...

September 7, 2014

It is a joy and delight to be welcomed into this congregation like a member of the family!  I feel even more like a member of the family because of the great adventure we had last night on the way from the airport, with a flat tire.  You have invited me into your home – to share the great joys as well as the disasters along life’s roadways.  I have the deep sense...

July 27, 2014

If you were going to describe the kingdom of God, what sort of story would you tell?  Can you see that goal we’re aiming for?  What’s your image of that kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven?

The hints Jesus offers in this morning’s gospel draw in all sorts of creatures and parts of creation, in surprising juxtaposition.  They are animate and...

July 26, 2014

The recent decision of the Church of England to finally open the doors for women bishops has brought great rejoicing.  It’s also brought reflections about – what else – what these new bishops should wear.  A NYT editorial titled “Give us a Bishop in High Heels”...

July 20, 2014

It is very good to be with you again – and to be here with you!  It’s hard to believe that it’s been six years since we gathered at St. Michael and All Angels.  Your journey has been a long one, and in addition to grief and some despair at the beginning, it’s brought growth, maturation, and a deepened sense of interconnection with this community, this...