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

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Unbinding Abundance – An All Saints’ Sermon On John 11:32-44

All Saints Sunday – John 11:32-44 “Where have you laid him?” Jesus asked them.  “Lord, come and see.”  The thing that strikes me most about Mary and Martha in today’s gospel (John 11:32-44) is their loneliness. They’re lonely. They’re lonely for their brother. They’re lonely for Jesus. They’re lonely for the life they used to have. They are alone in their loss and they feel … Continue reading Unbinding Abundance – An All Saints’ Sermon On John 11:32-44

A Reversal of Fortune to Celebrate – A Sermon for the Feast of All Saints, Luke 6:20-31

Nothing has power to change us, confront us with reality, open our ears to a new truth, or turn our life in a different direction like a reversal of fortune can; a time when our world is turned upside down or the day we realize we are going backward not forward. That’s exactly what Jesus is doing in today’s gospel. It’s what he is always … Continue reading A Reversal of Fortune to Celebrate – A Sermon for the Feast of All Saints, Luke 6:20-31

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. Occupy Wall Street. Occupy London. Occupy Sydney. Occupy Oakland, Portland, Dallas, San Antonio. The list goes on and on. The movement points to economic inequality, … Continue reading To Occupy or Be Occupied? A Sermon for the Feast of All Saints, Matthew 5:1-12

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 is Luke 6:20-31. Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. … Continue reading Choosing Our Blessings And Our Woes: An All Saints’ Day Sermon on Luke 6:20-31

A Sermon for the Feast of All Saints

Today, November 1, is the Feast of All Saints. The collect and scriptures for today can be found here. The lectionary appoints John 11:23-44 as the gospel. As permitted by the rubrics of the Book of Common Prayer I lengthened the gospel to begin at verse 17. 17When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18Now Bethany was … Continue reading A Sermon for the Feast of All Saints

The Feast of All Saints

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and … Continue reading The Feast of All Saints