L. Roper Shamhart

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The Ven. L. Roper Shamhart, Archdeacon for Multicultural Ministries in the Diocese of Long Island and formerly Archdeacon of Queens, has been a priest for 45 years, serving one Parish for 30 years as Rector. Retired, he is still active as a non-stipendiary Archdeacon. He used the "Lay Readers' Sermons" (precursor of "Selected Sermons") for about 3 years in the mid to late 1940's while serving small congregations in the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia, before Seminary.

Sermons and Bible Studies

Because of the Long Tradition…, Epiphany 3 (C) – 1998

January 25, 1998

“Now you are the body of Christ and individual members of it.” I Corinthians 12-27 Because of the long tradition of American individualism, most of us have a hard time really understanding how the Bible sees us. How of have you heard someone say, I can worship God better in nature than I can in […]

In the Real World, Advent 2 (C) – 1997

December 07, 1997

The lessons and Gospel for today all reflect the totally unique character of our faith among human religions in the way in which it is constantly tied to specific times and places and people in history. Here as we begin the church year, we not only have Baruch’s prophecy of a very concrete return to […]

It Has Always Seemed…, Last Sunday in Epiphany – 1997

February 09, 1997

“…that we, beholding by faith the light of His countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross.” Collect for the Day It has always seemed to most of us that the key to understanding the Transfiguration which is described in today’s Gospel and which is the center of our worship this morning is the “light” […]

These Words Sound…, Epiphany 3 (B) – 1997

February 02, 1997

1 Corinthians 7:17 & 20 “…let each of you lead the life that the Lord has assigned, to which God called you.” “…Let each of you remain in the condition in which you were called.” These words sound very strange to us in a culture where all the pressure is on self-improvement whether in body […]

We Hear Them Telling…, Day of Pentecost (A) – 1996

May 26, 1996

“We hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” Acts 2:11 Most of us who have been the members of the Episcopal Church here in the United States have grown up in a church which was English speaking, a church which largely worshipped in Elizabethan English. The culture shock of transition […]

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