Here We Are – A Baptismal Sermon On the Beatitudes, Matthew 5:1-12

Emmitt, though you are only four and a half months old you are never too young to hear the Beatitudes for the first time, and neither are the rest of us too old to hear them again for the first time. Today you are being immersed in the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12) as a way of being, a path to be followed, principles by which to guide your life. They describe the divine life, the life of Jesus. And whether that life exists in this world depends on you and the rest of us. We never accomplish the beatitudes as a task completed. Instead we strive, day by day, to live into them.

Let’s Not Add to the Pain of the World – An All Saints Sermon on Luke 6:20-31

All Saints’ Sunday - Luke 6:20-31 I’m a bit anxious about today’s sermon. I know what I want to talk about and I have a few ideas about what I will say, but I am not sure how it will…

Taking the Next First Step – An All Saints Sermon on John 11:32-44

After three and a half months on sabbatical I can say, without reservation, I like the sabbatical life. But I also want you to know that each day of the last three and a half months I’ve carried a pendant…

Unbinding and Letting Go of the Past

“If only….” “If only he hadn’t died.” “If only she hadn’t left.” If only I had made a different decision.” “If only I hadn’t said that.” “If only I had not done that.” “If only things were like they used…

A Blessing for All Saints

May Almighty God, to whose glory we celebrate this festival of all the Saints, be now and evermore your guide and companion in the way. Amen. May God, who has bound us together in the company of the elect, in…

To Occupy or Be Occupied? A Sermon for the Feast of All Saints, Matthew 5:1-12

The collect and readings for The Feast of All Saints may be found here. The following sermon is based on the beatitudes, Matthew 5:1-12.   The Occupy Movement has gotten a lot of attention over the last couple of months.…

Choosing Our Blessings And Our Woes: An All Saints’ Day Sermon on Luke 6:20-31

The Feast of All Saints is on November 1. The Book of Common Prayer, however, permits it to be celebrated on the Sunday following November 1. The collect and readings for the day may be found here. The appointed gospel…

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