Proper 16A, Matthew 16:13-20, Pantocrator, Icon

A Question to be Lived – A Sermon on Matthew 16:13-20

“But who do you say that I am?” (From Proper 16A, Matthew 16:13-20) Let me tell you some of the answers I’ve heard or read. My personal Lord and Savior. The Son of God. God incarnate. He’s my life, the song I sing, my everything. Buddy, brother, friend, homeboy. Rock, comforter, coach. Teacher. Example. The…

Litany of the Angels, St. Michael and All Angels,

A Litany of the Angels

The following litany was prepared for the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, September 29. It is based on adaptations from several resources but primarily St. Augustine’s Prayer Book. God the Father, Creator of the Angels, Have mercy on us. God the Son, Lord of the Angels, Have mercy on us. God the Holy Spirit,…

Persecution, Persecuted Church, Persecuted Christians,

A Litany of Prayer for Persecuted Peoples and Religions

O God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth, Have mercy upon us. O God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy upon us. O God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of the faithful, Have mercy upon us. O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, one God, Have mercy upon us. Lord, Jesus Christ, receive our…

Matthew 14:22-33, Proper 14A, Sermon, Fear, Jesus Walking on Water, Henry Ossawa Tanner

No Fear – A Sermon on Matthew 14:22-33

“And they cried out in fear” (Matthew 14:22-32, Proper 14A). When I was a kid the door to the stairway going upstairs at my grandmother’s house was always kept closed. It was never left open and rarely did anyone go up there. I never asked my grandmother about that. I didn’t need to. I had…

Prayer, Praying, Michael Casey, Sacred Reading - The Art of Lectio Divina

The Only Way to Pray

The only way to pray is to pray; and the way to pray well is to pray much. If one has no time for this, then one must at least pray regularly. But the less one prays the worse it goes. – Abbot Chapman of Downside quoted by Michael Casey in Sacred Reading, The Art…

Proper 12A, 1 Kings 3:5-12, Sermon, Solomon's Dream

Solomon’s Choice, Me or We? A Sermon on 1 Kings 3:5-12

Me or we? It’s a question each of us faces and answers everyday as we say our prayers, make decisions, establish priorities, and live our lives. Do we live as insulated and isolated individuals or as a person connected to and interdependent with others? Me doesn’t just apply to a single individual. Me could be a…