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Kirk Alan Kubicek

The Rev. Kirk Alan Kubicek is currently Priest in Charge at Christ Church, Rock Spring Parish, Forest Hill, Md. Christ Church is a Small but Mighty parish, and together we are rediscovering what our Lord has in store for our future. He has spent over 35 years in Parish Ministry in all shapes and size parishes, and for 15 years worked with The Episcopal Church Office of Stewardship and TENS. He often uses storytelling, music, and guitar in proclaiming the Good News. Married with three adult children and one grandson, Kirk also plays drums in On The Bus, a DC Metro Area Grateful Dead tribute band. All shall be well, all shall be well, all manner of thing shall be well!

Sermons and Bible Studies

Are We Ready to Choose?, Proper 23 (A) – 2017

October 16, 2017

The gospel for today begs allegory and analogy, leading inevitably to dividing people into groups of good and bad. It is an invitation to play the Blame Game. Coupled with our innate curiosity, like Pandora, we cannot help but want to know just who is going to be bound hand and foot and cast into […]

Light!, Lent 4 (A) – 2017

March 26, 2017

The gospels need to be approached as a sort of unfolding – the unfolding of who Jesus is and what that can mean about who we are called to be. So perhaps it helps to think of a time-lapse video of a flower opening, one petal at a time until the entire flower is open […]

Jesus Is Hungry, Easter 3 (B) – 2015

April 19, 2015

Alleluia, Christ is Risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! So there is Jesus standing among his closest friends, the disciples. That is meant to represent us. He says, “Shalom!” Loosely translated, that comes across as, “Peace be with you.” This is unfortunately an inadequate attempt to put shalom into English. Shalom means much more than “peace.” Or […]

Let Your Heart Be Light, Epiphany 2 (B) – 2015

January 18, 2015

“You will see greater things than these.” Like Nathanael, we are all looking for signs. We search high and low, near and far, for some confirmation that God is with us. When really, as Jesus says to Nathanael, we will see greater things, if only we will open the eyes of our hearts. It can […]

Why Do You Stand Looking Into Heaven?, Ascension Day – 2014

May 29, 2014

“Why do you stand looking into heaven?” ask two men dressed in white robes to the disciples staring up into space. Indeed, why do we stand looking into heaven? And where should we be looking? Whenever a comet flies by, whenever there is a total or partial eclipse, people in record number are out looking […]

Awakening to God’s Presence, Proper 27 (A) – 2014

November 09, 2014

Archbishop William Temple said, “The source of humility is the habit of realizing the presence of God.” We may as well face it, none of us likes to wait. Modern culture demands immediacy. Whatever we want, we want it now. If that’s not enough, we want the newest and the best, we want the latest […]

Sowing the Word of God, Proper 10 (A) – 2014

July 13, 2014

“You are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you.” (Romans 8:9) We don’t often think of it, but of all the New Testament literature, St. Paul’s letters are the oldest sources we have about Jesus – predating the gospels by a couple of decades. And Paul writes that for those who […]

God’s Passion, Our Passion, Good Friday – 2014

April 18, 2014

Each year, year after year after year, Christians gather on Good Friday to rehearse this story – what we call the Passion Narrative. On Palm Sunday we read versions from Matthew, Mark and Luke. On Good Friday it has always been from John. Each gospel offers a slightly different view of what happened on that […]

Welcoming the Light, Christmas 2 – 2014

January 05, 2014

We find ourselves in the gospel landscape of Matthew. It is a story of angelic messages delivered in dreams. It is a story without shepherds, without a manger, with no mention of other animals. It is a story that features some strangers, undocumented aliens from Persia or thereabouts – “Magi,” whatever such a word might […]

The Living, Active Word, Proper 16 (C) – 2013

August 25, 2013

In our reading from Hebrews today, the Word of God is described as “living” and “active.” That is, the Word of God is not dead and static. Because we tend to associate the Word of God primarily with the texts of the Bible, we tend to lose sight of its living and dynamic character. And […]

Those Who Give Back, The Transfiguration – 2013

August 06, 2013

Immediately leading into this story of the Transfiguration is Peter’s confession, followed by Jesus telling the disciples he is going to Jerusalem where he will die, and an important teaching on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus: Pick up your cross and follow me. If we were watching a movie of Luke’s […]

An In-Between Place, Easter 7 (C) – 2013

May 12, 2013

The Seventh Sunday of Easter always seems to be a sort of in-between place; the Feast of the Ascension was celebrated just a few days ago, and Pentecost is still another week off. Like the disciples, we seem to stand metaphorically staring into the heavens, awaiting the next chapter of our story to unfold. The […]

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