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…

Divna Ljubojević, In Search of Divine Light, Sacred Music, Byzantine Music, Eastern Orthodox Music

Divna – In Search of Divine Light

Sometimes music is entertaining. Sometimes it’s the background noise that keeps us company. Sometimes it is an escape. Then there are those other times. The music takes us somewhere. It returns us to ourselves, taking us into the “deep heart.” That’s how I experience the music of Divna. I was, therefore, delighted when Valley Entertainment…