Welcomes You

Sermons and Statements

November 25, 2012

 

Happy Anniversary, and a blessed feast of St. Andrew!  Since he started fishing some 2000 years ago, Andrew has had an abundant catch.  His name is invoked repeatedly as patron of congregations, seminaries, monastic houses, and nations.  All the plaid we’re seeing this morning is a reflection of the honor in which he’s held in Scotland.  St. Andrew...

November 25, 2012

 

Happy Anniversary, and a blessed feast of St. Andrew!  Since he started fishing some 2000 years ago, Andrew has had an abundant catch.  His name is invoked repeatedly as patron of congregations, seminaries, monastic houses, and nations.  All the plaid we’re seeing this morning is a reflection of the honor in which he’s held in Scotland.  St. Andrew...

November 18, 2012

 

I was away during the big storm two weeks ago.  I heard and read reports about the preparations, the experience, and the damage.  I was in touch with churchwide staff based in New York City and had a sense that while some had been displaced, and many were having commuting trouble, most were basically OK and the office building had no damage.  I know that many, many...

November 11, 2012

 

These islands are frequently compared to paradise, a word that comes from Middle Eastern roots meaning “a walled garden.”  It’s one of the ancient biblical images of heaven.  That walled garden was a place of plenty – the orchard or vineyard of the Hebrew Bible, as well as a parkland where animals abound – where the lion lies down with the...

November 9, 2012

 

Greetings from the whole of the Episcopal Church, and congratulations on your sesquicentennial – the whole of this church rejoices with you in marking this notable anniversary! 

 

Your bishop has asked me to reflect on where we’re going as a church and what your particular vocation might be here in Hawai’i.  In order to do that, I want...

October 21, 2012

 

Every year the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York celebrates St. Francis Day with an amazing service.  In many churches animals are blessed on that day, remembering Francis’ remarkable care for all parts of God’s creation – animals, plants, human beings poor and rich, even brother sun and sister moon.  I was there two weeks ago, and it was a...

August 5, 2012

What are you most hungry for?  That’s really what we’re here to wrestle with this morning.  What kind of bread are you shopping for? 

Many people are looking for the kind of bread that we store away in wallets, barns, and banks – sometimes we call it dough, and the fact that it’s not yet baked hints at its inability to nourish and satisfy. ...

August 3, 2012

The General Convention which took place in Indianapolis in July offered new and creative responses to the call of the gospel in our day. We saw gracious and pastoral responses to polarizing issues, as well as a new honesty about the need for change.

General Convention addressed a number of significant issues that will impact the life and witness of this Church for years into the future...

July 29, 2012

 

Feed my sheep.  Jesus’ primary concern was that the people around him be cared for, and he usually started with food.  Jesus’ vision of the heavenly banquet had about equal parts of eating, healing, and teaching people about the kingdom of God.  He charged his disciples with sharing food as a way of remembering him, and our most central act as his...

July 22, 2012

 

We may be a long way from New Orleans and the floods of Katrina, but I know that a lot of evacuees came this direction.  I’ve heard stories in the last few days about the hospitality you’ve offered, people who opened their homes and buildings to receive people, who fed them, and for many long years afterward, have been helping people get back on their feet.

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