All Saints’ 2021: John 11:32-44 To riff off today’s gospel from John … St. Timothy’s, in March 2020 there were rumors that you had died! The pandemic had descended upon us, Brendan had abruptly quit and resigned his orders, and the church building was dark. Someone remarked to Sandra Weir, “Well, that’s the end of … Continue reading Death, Resurrection, Hope, Expectation: All Saints’ 2021
Proper 26, Year B: Mark 12:28-34 We all know that Ben May, our Music Director, is gifted. But did you also know that he is clever? Today our Lutheran friends are celebrating Reformation Sunday. For today — October 31st — is the anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the church door at Wittenburg in 1517. … Continue reading A different kind of fortress
Good morning, dear ones. I would like to begin with a poem by John O'Donohue (born 1956- died 2008). He was an Irish poet, author, priest, and philosopher. For the Interim Time When near the end of day, life has drained Out of light, and it is too soon For the mind of night to have darkened … Continue reading Interim Rector Address: 2021 Fall Parish Meeting
Proper 22, Year B (Genesis 2:18-24; Mark 10:2-16) My long-time friend Melody and I were recently enjoying a meal together and catching up. We met 28 years ago in EFM (Education for Ministry). At that time, I was engaged to be married and she had been married for two years. She and her husband are … Continue reading R – E – S – P – E – C – T
Proper 21, Year B (James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50) Now, everyone — let’s take a deep breath and remember that we are not literalists. And Mark even says in chapter 4 “he did not speak to them except in parables” (4:33). So, let’s be clear: Jesus is not advocating literal self-mutilation. Additionally, we know the gospel … Continue reading Extend a Hand
Proper 20, Year B (James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a; Mark 9:30-37) It was so long ago now that cannot recall the circumstances of her death, but a teenager in the church had died. I was in my last year of seminary, serving in a full-time internship in a small Episcopal church on the outskirts of Dallas. So many people … Continue reading Draw Near to God
Janet. Loving, gracious, amusing Janet wanted me to share this summary of her life which she wrote for you: “Glorious childhood with three older brothers. Outstanding parents. Graduated from high school while being a member of John Magee’s choir where I only got demerits for laughing. Went to college and graduated much to my parents’ … Continue reading A homily for Janet
Proper 18, Year B: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 You might be thinking to yourself: Did I hear that correctly? Did Jesus call the woman in the gospel passage a dog? Well, yes — yes, he did. This is the story of the Syrophoenician Woman. It also appears in Matthew (15:21-28) as “The Canaanite Woman.” And … Continue reading Her name is Justa.
Proper 17, Year B: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Rick Springfield is a musician and actor who came into popularity in the 1980s and apparently still has quite a following — I presume of women about my age! I never imagined I would use one of his song lyrics in a sermon, yet all week the song “State … Continue reading It’s a State of the Heart, per Jesus (and Rick Springfield)
Proper 16, Year B: Ephesians 6:10-20; John 6:56-69 Today’s gospel features one of my favorite Bible verses! Yes, yes — it does! We are at the end of John’s Bread of Life discourse, which kicks off with the Feeding of the Multitude (6:1-15) and ends here (five Sundays later in the lectionary, if you’re counting. And … Continue reading A dealbreaker?