Welcomes You

Sermons and Statements

July 21, 2013

I went to a farmer’s market last week, and found it filled with fruit, greens, and root vegetables of both expected varieties and unusual ones.  I bought a basket of tiny sweet raspberries and some greens of a sort I’d never tried before, and several other things, and enjoyed their bounty through the next few days.  Much of the summer produce is fragile and doesn’t...

July 19, 2013

There is a remarkable trio of bakeries in Seattle that feature breads and baked goods that combine the best grains, fruits, and produce of the Northwest with Old World breadmaking and pastry techniques – slow ones, that depend on wild yeast and local ingredients.  The owner has this to say about her work, “In the search for a name for this new bakery, I wanted something not...

July 4, 2013

I bring you greetings from The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.  That has been the formal name of The Episcopal Church for almost 200 years.  We began to send missionary bishops to the wilds of the mid-continent in 1835, and 9 years later almost simultaneously sent one to China and one to Turkey.  As a result of that missionary spirit, we are present today in Taiwan,...

June 30, 2013

I spend most of my time on the road, traveling.  Most people spend their lives closer to home.  But all of us are meant to be on the road, the Jesus road, moving toward the Reign of God.  The very name of this church is a reminder that we are always moving, following the good shepherd toward good pasture, clear water, and a place of peace where there is no more need to struggle...

June 29, 2013

When I was a child, I attended a church school for the first few years.  The nuns who taught there were filled with grace and taught us much about what it means to live as a minister of Jesus in the world.  They also showed us what it’s like to be loved, and to be at play in the fields of the Lord, like those sheep who lie down in green pastures, or frolic on the hillside....

June 23, 2013

The nations have gathered, and streamed in to this city set on a hill – there are supposedly 7 hills here, and this is almost certainly the highest one with a church! – the nations have come up to the house of the Lord with great rejoicing.  It is exceedingly fitting to celebrate 40 years of Asiamerica ministry in this church, in this city, in this part of God’s creation...

June 16, 2013

Has anyone here ever worked as a shepherd, or known someone who did?  My husband and I kept goats for a long time, but never sheep.  We did get to know a shepherd one summer in Nevada.  We never actually saw him, but we did see the messages he carved on trees as he followed the sheep:  Antonio Hidalgo, peruano, borreguero, con muchos cojones y poco dinero....

June 2, 2013

I’m sure it hasn’t been raining here for 110 years, even though it must seem that way.  The Isar is in flood, the trees along the banks have their roots and lower trunks covered, and the mature trees floating downstream look like so many twigs.  The falls near the Englischer Garten are boiling like lava, with water thrown up as high as the bridge nearby.  The...

May 30, 2013

Creator, we give you thanks for all you are and all you bring to us for our visit within your creation.  In Jesus, you place the Gospel in the center of this sacred circle through which all of creation is related.  You show us the way to live a generous and compassionate life.  Give us your strength to live together with respect and commitment as we grow in your spirit, for...

May 30, 2013

I want to invite us to consider what kinds of proclamation are likely to be needed as we move into the future that God is creating all around us.  We live in a world that’s changing rapidly, is increasingly interconnected, and at least in much of the developed world, functions more and more on a virtual level.  Basic human challenges continue – not least our fallen nature...