Peace For Our Wolves And Lambs – A Sermon On Isaiah 11:1-10

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near,” John the Baptist announces in today’s gospel (Matthew 3:1-12). But it’s Isaiah in today’s Old Testament reading (Isaiah 11:1-10) who describes the kingdom. It’s Isaiah who gives us a glimpse of…

Waking Up To The Unexpected Hour – A Sermon On Matthew 24:36-44

A few nights ago my wife Cyndy woke me and said, “Mike, turn over. You’re snoring.”  I said, “I am? Really? I didn’t even know I was asleep.”  That’s the thing about sleeping; we don’t know we’ve been asleep until…

A Vision For The Future – A Sermon On Isaiah 65:17-25

I suspect we’ve all had times in our lives when something happens and we know that that event is asking something of us. We know something needs to be done in response to what has happened. We want to do…

Changing The Picture of Life – A Sermon On Luke 13:10-17

I suspect we’ve all seen before and after pictures; before and after the diet or workout plan, before and after a re-model, before and after a particular event or experience. If you looked at my before St. Philip's pictures you'd…

Interpreters Of The Present Time – A Sermon On Luke 12:49-56

“How is Uvalde?” How many of you have been asked that question? I have. I suspect it’s a conversation we’ve all had whether about Uvalde or another situation. It’s the obvious and natural thing to talk about after any kind of…

If That’s What Faith Is Like … – A Sermon On Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

“By faith Abraham … set out [for a place], not knowing where he was going.” How’s your faith these days? I ask that question because there are events, times, and seasons in each of our lives when everything we thought…

Can I Get An “Amen”? – A Sermon On Luke 11:1-13

“Lord, teach us to pray,” one of the disciples asked Jesus in today’s gospel (Luke 11:1-13). I wonder what’s behind his request. When you reflect on your own life of prayer what do you imagine he’s really asking? In what…

Living The Unbearable In Uvalde – A Sermon On John 16:12-15

Photo by Chris Barbalis on Unsplash Jesus said to the disciples, "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” When I read today’s gospel (John 16:12-15) about the unbearable and began preparing this sermon I thought…

Uvalde Weeps – A Sermon On Jeremiah 31:15-17

Have you seen the front page of today’s newspaper? It’s the first issue since the shooting. When I saw the front page this morning I said to myself, “That’s what I feel like.” Look at it. There’s a date, May…

Prayer For Uvalde – Lament And Hope, Light In The Darkness

The following liturgy will be prayed this evening, May 26, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. central time in person and online at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Uvalde, Texas. Officiant: Light and peace, in Jesus Christ our Lord.People: Thanks be to God.…

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