Welcomes You

Sermons and Statements

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...

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...

July 11, 2014

Hello, EYE!  This body has gathered from many parts of The Episcopal Church – Taiwan, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Virgin Islands, and 82 dioceses in the United States.  We speak many different languages and we come in many shapes, sizes, colors, attitudes, and abilities.  We are black and brown, blonde and bald, bold and bashful, beef-eaters and berry pickers,...

June 29, 2014

Last weekend I participated in a memorial pilgrimage for St. Alban.  He died about 1800 years ago, as the first martyr in England.  The Romans were hunting down Christians and had heard that Alban was sheltering a priest, who had taught him about Jesus but hadn’t yet baptized him.  When the guards came to his home, Alban traded clothes with the priest, and was taken...

June 22, 2014

Not peace but a sword.  I thought shalom was the name of the game.  Yet here Jesus says he’s come to set one person up against another, and he tells his followers they’re going to find enemies among their closest relatives.  He gives the clear sense that taking up your cross brings division.  If we read history carefully, it’s clear that the toughest...

June 21, 2014

Greetings from The Episcopal Church, and its 82 churches named for Alban – one in Haiti and the others in 40 of the United States.  They are celebrating their patronal feasts this weekend as well.

 

            Our communications director told me recently about a conversation she had at a trade conference with...

June 19, 2014

I was a stranger and you welcomed me.

On June 20, communities across the globe will celebrate World Refugee Day, honoring the strength, resilience, and contributions of refugees. In 2014, the world has seen the heights to which refugees can rise when given the chance to start a new life in dignity and peace. A former refugee became the first American citizen in a generation to win the...

June 14, 2014

In the beginning, God said, let there be, and it was created…light, sun, moon, waters above and waters below, animals, and human beings.  God saw everything that had been created and indeed, it was very good.  And God rested on the seventh day, and made it holy.

God created in enormous diversity – mountains and seas, plants, animals, fish, the sea monsters –...

June 8, 2014

We’re going to make a prophet today.  Actually, we’re going to authorize several prophets.  And then we’re going to send them out there.  Ready or not, world, here they come! 

Garrison Keillor is famous for saying, ‘Who wants to be a prophet?  Nobody wants ‘em around.  Prophets don’t get invited to birthday parties or...

June 6, 2014

Happy birthday, happy anniversary – you are centenarians!  This congregation is celebrating its hundredth anniversary, and even if you don’t join the throng here regularly, you are part of its long history and life in this place.  This community took the name of Andrew a hundred years ago, for reasons that are shrouded in the mists of history, but probably linked to...