The Rev. Dr. Amy Richter is a priest who currently serves as an Episcopal Volunteer in Mission, working on the Galatians 6:2 (“Bear one another’s burdens”) project, focusing on theological education, and serving as a visiting academic at the University of KwaZula Natal in South Africa. She and her husband, Joseph Pagano, blog at www.amyandjoegotoafrica.com. Their most recent co-edited book is Common Prayer, reflections on Episcopal worship by Episcopal writers, poets, theologians, and musicians. Amy’s most recent book is a novel, Antimony, a thriller that combines mythology, biblical stories, and mystery.
Sermons and Bible Studies
“Come to me, all you that are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” It didn’t help that […]
“How blessed is this night, when earth and heaven are joined and we are reconciled to God.” These are the words of the church, sung in the Exsultet with which the Easter Vigil begins. How blessed is this night. This is the night when we tell again the great stories of our faith, ancient words […]
The Church makes many claims about God – about who God is and what God does and what God is like. We make big claims, and the biggest of all, the one that is at the core of all our claims is that God is love. Above all else, God is love. We sing songs […]
[RCL]: Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44 Happy Advent! Today marks the beginning of Advent, the season when we prepare for the coming of Christ, a season when we hear again the Churchâs emphasis on hope and future. Part of what we do during this season is to prepare to celebrate the coming […]
What do you think heaven is? A man told this story of his experience just before his father died. The man and his sister were taking care of their father who was in the last stages of cancer, the man staying with their bed-ridden father during the day and his sister staying with their father […]
The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. What MapQuest had indicated was a real road was, in fact, a road under construction. He should have known, the man sighed to himself. When he had turned onto the road and left the main highway, […]
Jesus said, âI am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.â A widower had some raspberry bushes. The first summer after his wife died, a woman from his church asked if she could come over and pick raspberries. She knew he […]
Of today’s gospel lesson, Frederick Buechner, in his book Peculiar Treaures, wrote: “She struck the angel Gabriel as hardly old enough to have a child at all, let alone this child, but he’d been entrusted with a message to give her and he gave it. He told her what the child was to be named, and […]
Todayâs gospel story, at the heart of the Churchâs faith, should be at the heart of our faith: that Jesus would live and die for us. That Jesus would say to our heavenly Father, âThy will be done,â even though his commitment would lead to his death. That Jesus would have compassion on the crowds, […]
Here we are, on the fourth Sunday of Advent. Christmas Eve is just around the corner. Ready or not, itâs just about time for the Christmas story, told by carol, by pageant, by Sunday school children in bathrobes and tinsel halos. And when we say âthe Christmas story,â we usually mean Lukeâs version of the […]
âJust looking, thanks.â When a salesperson in a store approaches us to see if they can be of assistance, we may say these words to keep them at a safe distance: just looking. Weâre interested, but not willing to commit; curious, but donât want someone pressuring us into making a purchase. Just looking, thanks. Zacchaeus […]
God is deeply in love with each of us. Not just humanity in general, but each and every person. To make this truth about God plain, Jesus tells two parables, about a lost sheep and a lost coin, and about how their owners searched and searched until they found even just one that was missing. […]
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