Welcomes You

Sermons and Statements

April 13, 2012

 

Who are we, and who is here?  I would invite you to reflect for a moment and remember what God has been saying to you for a very long time:  you are my beloved, and in you I am well pleased. 

That is our primary identity – beloved siblings, created in the image of God, made for conversation and intimate community with God and each other.  That image...

March 25, 2012

 

I was home last week in Nevada for the first time in months.  It was a quiet spring evening, and I went to bed early and slept soundly.  I was awakened out of a deep sleep by a bird singing – loudly.  It took a while, but I finally opened my eyes and took a look at the clock – it was 1:50 in the morning.  What was this crazy bird doing?  It...

March 10, 2012

 

I don’t know if you’ve elected a fisherman or not.  I believe your current bishop has done some fishing, but he seems to be more interested in grass farming and cows.  I haven’t heard any retirement plans about sheep, unless it’s raising hay. 

There is an ancient and proverbial hankering to go fishing when life gets tough.  That...

March 5, 2012

 

I’ve just come back from a trip to Asia.  We visited the church in China, among others, and had a tour of the Amity Press.  After the government began to permit open religious expression in 1985, this printing enterprise was founded in order to make Bibles available in Chinese.  It’s an amazing example of what we’re here to talk about –...

March 4, 2012

 

Are there any Abrahams, or aged fathers, here?  Anybody here feel dead?  In all seriousness, what is dead, or as good as dead, in your life?  If I look at life in the communities around us, I’d nominate our civil discourse.  The political rhetoric we’re hearing is not exactly life-giving – it’s mostly about dealing death to the...

March 2, 2012

 

The lections for this sermon were Isa 49:5-13; Ps 67; Eph 3:1-12; Matt 16:24-27.

Greetings from the rest of The Episcopal Church, who pray for you.  When Isaiah challenges the people to be a light to the nations, he could be speaking to this part of the body of Christ.  We are not only present in many nations, but we are meant to reach beyond those boundaries to...

February 26, 2012

 

Greetings from the Episcopal Church…

People and nations around the world mark the restoration of relationships in a variety of ways.  Some people celebrated Valentine’s Day on the 14th of this month as a sign of love shared between two people.  Nations sign treaties, both to signal an end to wars and as a mutual understanding about how they...

February 19, 2012

 

I bring you greetings from The Episcopal Church.  We’re engaged in God’s mission through about 7000 congregations in 16 nations – in Taiwan and Micronesia, Honduras, Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezuela, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, as well as the United States....

February 12, 2012

 

I bring you greetings from The Episcopal Church.  We’re engaged in God’s mission in about 7000 congregations in 16 nations – in Taiwan and Micronesia, Honduras, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, as well as the United States.  We have been...

January 20, 2012

The lections for this sermon were Isaiah 2:2-4 and Luke 10:1-9.

Have you noticed that we are pretty much sitting on the high...