Charles Hoffacker

The Rev. Charles Hoffacker lives in Greenbelt, Maryland, with his wife, Helena Mirtova. He is the author of A Matter of Life and Death: Preaching at Funerals from Cowley Publications. Many of his sermons appear on

Sermons and Bible Studies

Welcome the Divine Glory, Christmas 1 – 2010

December 26, 2010

The familiar Christmas story that features angels and shepherds, a brilliant star and a silent night, Mary and Joseph in a stable, and the newborn child asleep on the hay […]

From the Perspective…, Thanksgiving Day (C) – 2010

November 25, 2010

From the perspective of our church, Thanksgiving Day is in something of an odd situation. The Prayer Book calls it a major feast, yet its origins are civic as well […]

The Winter Visitation, Advent 4 (C) – 2009

December 20, 2009

In the beautiful month of May, in the springtime of the year, the church keeps a feast known as the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The gospel reading on […]

According to the Gospels…, Proper 7 (A) – 2008

June 22, 2008

According to the gospels, a big part of the ministry of Jesus was that he refused to be scandalized. First, he refused to be scandalized by garden variety sinners. Indeed, […]

The Bible Is Full of Beginnings…, Epiphany 3 (A) – 2008

January 27, 2008

The Bible is full of beginnings; not only the universal one, when God speaks into existence the components of a magnificent cosmos, but other beginnings as well. Thus the human […]

There Are Two Senses…, Proper 17 (C) – 2007

September 02, 2007

There are two senses of the word “pride.” Sometimes “pride” refers to the self-respect and strength needed to sustain a group in the face of hardship. Thus we have the […]

In the Story of the Good Samaritan…, Proper 10 (C) – 2007

July 15, 2007

In the story of the Good Samaritan that we just heard, where do the different characters end up? The robbers have done their foul deed and have walked off stage […]

Today May We Consider, Lent 2 (C) – 2007

March 04, 2007

Today may we consider how sometimes the best prayer to God is a groan, a lamentation, or the voice of grief. In the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy […]

Today We Are Invited…, Ash Wednesday – 2007

February 21, 2007

Today we are invited to swim against the tide. Let us consider that invitation. In the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. A man was recalling his grandmother’s […]

The Song of Divine Triumph, Advent 4 (C) – 2006

December 24, 2006

This morning may we reflect with open hearts on the words we just heard from the song of triumph. In the name of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As […]

In Recent Years…, All Saints’ Day (B) – 2006

November 01, 2006

In recent years Halloween seems to have needed defending against those who regard it as terrible. Certainly there can be excess at Halloween, but in itself the holiday is worthwhile. […]

What Do Today’s Business Leaders…, Proper 20 (B) – 2006

September 24, 2006

What do today’s business leaders and the child that Jesus picks up have in common? Let’s consider this question, in the name of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. […]

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