Marshall A. Jolly

The Rev. Dr. Marshall Jolly is the 26th Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Morganton, North Carolina (Diocese of Western North Carolina). In the wider church and community, he serves in a variety of leadership roles on various and sundry boards, commissions, committees, foundations, and task forces. He is currently diving into the 1,000+ pages of Blue Book reports in preparation for his work as a deputy to the 80th General Convention of The Episcopal Church. Marshall and his wife Elizabeth make their home in the Rectory, where they strive to meet every whim and desire of their two-year-old Himalayan cat, Hambrick.

Sermons and Bible Studies

Digging into Our Certainty, Lent 2 (A) – 2017

March 12, 2017

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” Martin Luther called […]

What We Need From Christmas, Christmas Day (II) – 2016

December 26, 2016

For churches across the country, the month of December is devoted to preparation—not only the kind of spiritual preparation that Advent invites; but rather, practical planning: where (and when) to […]

Are We Ready to Hear the Truth?, Proper 10 (C) – 2016

July 10, 2016

On August 28, 1963, The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood before 250,000 people on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC and delivered what would become […]

Listening for God, Last Sunday in Epiphany (C) – 2016

February 07, 2016

In the coming week, churches around the world will undergo a transformation of sorts, as the liturgical calendar moves from the season after Epiphany to the season of Lent. Our […]

The Path of Discipleship, Proper 20 (B) – 2015

September 20, 2015

For much of Christian history, being identified as a “disciple of Jesus” has been considered high praise. The disciples, after all, were the handpicked group of followers who lived, learned, […]

Washed with Holy Love, Maundy Thursday – 2015

April 02, 2015

The disciples are gathered in the upper room for supper. Passover was beginning soon, and there was much work to be done. The air was tense – the disciples had […]

The Saints Beside You, All Saints’ Day (A) – 2014

November 02, 2014

“Glory to God and praise and love / be now and ever given / by saints below and saints above, / the Church in earth and heaven.” So concludes Charles […]

Things Like That Don’t Happen Anymore, Right?, Day of Pentecost (A) – 2014

June 08, 2014

Picture it: The disciples are gathered for worship, as was their custom. They’ve brought with them some bread and some wine, and perhaps some olives or a few pieces of […]

Washing in the Life-Giving Water, Lent 4 (A) – 2014

March 30, 2014

Lent draws the faithful – sometimes kicking and screaming – to a period of spiritual preparation and renewal in anticipation of the coming jubilance of Eastertide. Throughout the history of […]

The Blessings of the Saints, All Saints’ Day (C) – 2013

November 01, 2013

Since the earliest days of Christendom, the faithful have gathered to give thanks for the life and ministry of the saints – women and men whose witness to the gospel […]

The Repentance That Leads to Life, Easter 5 (C) – 2013

April 28, 2013

By now, our bold and joyful refrain of “Alleluia!” has surely lost a bit of its shiny newness. The bright dawn of Easter Sunday has passed, and the news of […]

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