Welcomes You

Sermons and Statements

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...

January 15, 2012

 

Happy Anniversary – and welcome to a journey into the future.  This year of celebration brings an invitation to reflect and give thanks, but it’s not a stopping place.  The church is always on a journey toward the reign of God, and that means it’s always changing, because we’re not there yet.  We have always...

January 10, 2012

 

The lections for this Evensong were Ps 107:23-32; Micah 4:1-5; Revelation 21:1-7.

There is a standing joke about the different kinds of canons, but it only helps a little...