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
As is often the case, what is not included in our lessons may be of utmost importance in our hearing what is going on in these lessons. For instance, in Acts, a lame man has been healed, and Peter and John have been hauled before some sort of ecclesiastical court to explain why the lame […]
It is often questioned why Palm Sunday is also the Sunday of the Passion. What starts off as what is sometimes called the âTriumphal Entryâ to Jerusalem at the beginning of the Liturgy seems to race all the way forward to Good Friday by the end of the liturgy of the Word. The stock answer, […]
A Sunday school teacher in Kansas reports this conversation in her class: “If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the church, would that get me into Heaven?” she asked the children in her Sunday school class. “No!” the children all answered. “If I […]
The scene in Matthew is becoming more and more familiar. People are waiting for work, waiting to be hired, waiting to earn a dayâs wage â which in those days was just enough to feed oneâs family. The issue then is one of daily bread. Just like manna in the Exodus narrative. Just as in […]
Jesus asks, âHave you understood all this?â Without hesitating, the disciples respond, âYes!â Now that âYesâ coming from the very same disciples who only back in Verse 10 were asking, âWhy do you teach in parables?â has to strike us as somewhat unbelievable. Add to that 2,000 years or so of church history with extended […]
This Fourth Sunday of Easter is known as Good Shepherd Sunday. In all three lectionary years â A, B, and C â we read the Good Shepherd monologue from the tenth chapter of John. It is a complicated passage, in that Jesus identifies himself as being the Good Shepherd, the Gatekeeper, and even the Gate […]
This is a fundamental question for all of us: How much is enough? Especially at this time of year when words such as âstewardship,â âpledge,â âproportional giving,â and âtitheâ are in the air. Luke has told us in no uncertain terms that Jesus has set his face toward Jerusalem. On the way, Jesus talks endlessly […]
As it says in todayâs reading from Jeremiah: âIs not my word like fire, says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?â Or as it says in the Sanhedrin: âAs the hammer splits the rock into many splinters, so will a scriptural verse yield many meanings.â Perhaps this Talmudic interpretation […]
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life for the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him.â In the end, it seems it is about bread. Which is only right, since in the beginning it […]
You have seen them everywhere: bracelets, key rings, and just about anything that can be marked with the logo, WWJD: âWhat Would Jesus Do?â Itâs daunting to wear one of those bracelets because in most situations, how would we be qualified to answer that question? How could we ever presume to know what Jesus would […]
Note: Collect 17 âFor the Nationâ (BCP p. 258) may be used instead of the Collect for Independence Day (BCP p. 242). The fact that we have the option of two Collects for Independence Day hints at the possible ambiguities associated with a national holiday. Such ambiguities also reside within our Gospel. This section of […]
This Gospel in John is what is traditionally read every year on the first Sunday after Easter. For reasons that become less and less clear to me, we somewhat smugly refer to this as âDoubting Thomas Sunday.â Which is too bad. It is too bad because such a designation reinforces a number of misunderstandings and […]
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