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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

The Scene in Matthew, Proper 20 (A) – 2008

September 21, 2008

The scene in Matthew is becoming more and more familiar. People are waiting for work, waiting to be hired, waiting to earn a day’s wage – which in those days was just enough to feed one’s family. The issue then is one of daily bread. Just like manna in the Exodus narrative. Just as in […]

Have You Understood All This?, Proper 12 (A) – 2008

July 27, 2008

Jesus asks, “Have you understood all this?” Without hesitating, the disciples respond, “Yes!” Now that “Yes” coming from the very same disciples who only back in Verse 10 were asking, “Why do you teach in parables?” has to strike us as somewhat unbelievable. Add to that 2,000 years or so of church history with extended […]

The Fourth Sunday of Easter Is…, Easter 4 (A) – 2008

April 13, 2008

This Fourth Sunday of Easter is known as Good Shepherd Sunday. In all three lectionary years – A, B, and C – 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 […]

How Much Is Enough?, Proper 22 (C) – 2007

October 07, 2007

This is a fundamental question for all of us: How much is enough? Especially at this time of year when words such as “stewardship,” “pledge,” “proportional giving,” and “tithe” 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 Today’s Reading…, Proper 15 (C) – 2007

August 19, 2007

As it says in today’s reading from Jeremiah: “Is not my word like fire, says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?” Or as it says in the Sanhedrin: “As the hammer splits the rock into many splinters, so will a scriptural verse yield many meanings.” Perhaps this Talmudic interpretation […]

It Seems It Is About Bread…, Lent 4 (C) – 2007

March 18, 2007

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.” In the end, it seems it is about bread. Which is only right, since in the beginning it […]

You Have Seen Them Everywhere…, Proper 19 (B) – 2006

September 17, 2006

You have seen them everywhere: bracelets, key rings, and just about anything that can be marked with the logo, WWJD: “What Would Jesus Do?” It’s 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 […]

The Fact That We Have…, Independence Day – 2006

July 04, 2006

Note: Collect 17 “For the Nation” (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…, Easter 2 (B) – 2006

April 23, 2006

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 “Doubting Thomas Sunday.” Which is too bad. It is too bad because such a designation reinforces a number of misunderstandings and […]

There Is a Temptation to Say, Epiphany 1 (B) – 2006

January 08, 2006

The voice of the Lord is upon the waters…the Lord is upon the mighty waters.” – Psalm 29 There is a temptation to say too much about this Feast of our Lord’s Baptism and the lessons before us. The texts speak mightily for themselves: The spirit-wind of God and God’s voice is upon the mighty […]

You Gotta Move, Proper 14 (A) – 2005

August 07, 2005

Note: This sermon can conclude with the singing of a traditional 8-bar blues. If you or someone in your congregation plays guitar, or piano, or banjo (you get the idea) you could easily work this up. It’s a lot of fun, and helps to drive the message (kerygma) home. People internalize what they sing. Or, […]

Opening the Door to Jesus, Proper 7 (A) – 2005

June 19, 2005

…nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. In a conversation with us, his disciples, Jesus encourages us to stand up for kingdom living even if it means being in conflict with the mainstream of society. You will be maligned, says Jesus, for witnessing to this mission and […]

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