Sunday, June 26, 2022

June 26, 2022 - The Third Sunday after Pentecost

Lectionary Readings

Gracious and loving God, guide us to seek your Truth: come whence it may, cost what it will, lead where it might. Amen.

            This sermon begins with a disclaimer about what I ask of you, as a listener. I do so because this sermon will address the topic of abortion. As a note, I wrote and planned this sermon before the Supreme Court's decision on Friday. I would have preferred the decision to come out this upcoming week so that this sermon could be heard more reflectively and not reactively with tensions high, but I'll play the hand we've been dealt. For one, I ask that you trust me. I hope that you know that I love you and my only priority is pointing to the love of God. I ask that you would listen, and re-listen if necessary, to this sermon. Then reflect on it. Then examine your reactions. And then, finally, to respond after listening for the Spirit. This sermon will be a bit longer than normal, not that I can cover everything, but this is an important enough conversation to not have an artificial time limit imposed on it.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

June 19, 2022 - Proper 7C

In the name of the God who is one Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

            What are the things that matter most? I’m sure we could all come up with responses, and because we’re all in the same culture, our answers would likely be fairly similar: family, church, community, vocational goals, hobbies, serving the least of these. None of these, of course, are bad things. But finding someone who has found the balance in actually prioritizing all of those things would be quite the find. And I don’t know about you all, but I’m exhausted by all of the things that are constantly in front of us. Because of technology, we know far more about the world than we are able to handle. Within a span of just a few minutes on a phone, I can see that we’re in a bear market and quite possibly heading for a recession, I can see reports of the latest carnage in Ukraine, I can read about partisan gridlock in Congress, I can look at charts showing that our nation is still averaging 100,000 new daily COVID cases, I can hear forecasts about violent hurricane season fueled by the climate catastrophe that is upon us and all of that is without thinking about all the people I know who are dealing with cancer, addiction, or depression. Between all that we want to do and care about, it’s exhausting just thinking about it.

Sunday, June 12, 2022

June 12, 2022 - The Feast of the Holy Trinity

Lectionary Readings

In the name of the Holy Trinity, one God Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

            Today is the Feast of the Holy Trinity, which might come as a surprise to you as this holy day doesn’t have a section in the greeting card aisle and there are no mattress sales associated with it. You might wonder why we have these church holidays that seem a bit obscure and detached from reality. To put it simply, we keep these feasts because this is who we are.

Sunday, June 5, 2022

June 5, 2022 - The Feast of Pentecost

Lectionary Readings

Come, Holy Ghost, and comfort us with thy abiding presence. Amen.

            “Hear what comfortable words our Savior Christ saith unto all who turn to him: Come unto me, all ye that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, to the end that all that believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the perfect offering for our sins, and not for ours only, but for the sins of the whole world.”

Thursday, May 26, 2022

May 26, 2022- The Feast of the Ascension

Lectionary Readings

In the name of our Risen and Ascended Lord – Jesus Christ.

            There’s a book I read earlier this year called How God Became King which was a good read about the message and context of the Gospel. That title though is what is of interest this evening – how God became King. Yes, God has always been King, but we didn’t always know that and recognize it. At the Ascension, we have a glimpse into the fullness of just how exactly it is that God in Christ became king.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

May 22, 2022 - The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Come, Lord Jesus and may the grace of our Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.

            This morning, we come to the conclusion of the sermon series on Revelation in the season of Easter. Yes, Easter does have one more Sunday in it, but I’m not going to be here next Sunday. You all know that it’s been a long two years. Public school teachers and hospital physicians and nurses have borne the brunt of this pandemic, but it hasn’t been a walk in the park for clergy and church program staff either. Due to the uncertainty caused by the Omicron surge back in January, I decided, again, to delay taking a sabbatical for another year. But I know that I need some rest. I had planned to go to a monastery for some quiet time; apparently, a lot of people had that same idea because it was all booked up. So I’ll be taking the train up to Washington on Saturday to spend a day in prayer at the Cathedral, to visit the African American Museum, to visit friends, and to worship next Sunday at the first church I served. I mention all of this because some of you have told me that you hope that I’m taking care of myself and getting some rest. Truly, I appreciate your care and concern for me. So all this is to say, I am looking forward to some rest and today’s sermon will wrap up the series on Revelation.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

May 15, 2022 - The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Lectionary Readings

In the name of the One who is Alpha and Omega, our Way, our Truth, and our Life: Jesus Christ. Amen.

            Here’s a riddle: a father and his son are in a horrible car accident and the father died at the scene. The son is rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery. The surgeon enters the operating room, sees the patient on the table and says “I can’t operate – that boy is my son.” How is this possible? According to rigorous research at Boston University, only about 15 percent of people figure it out the first time they hear this riddle. The answer is quite obvious and simple: the surgeon is the boy’s mother. Also, nearly identical results are found when the scenario is changed to a mother and daughter being in the accident and a nurse saying “That girl is my daughter” with the nurse being the father. And, of course, children of same-sex couples would likewise be overlooked as possible answers to the riddle. This riddle is often used in racial equity workshops to demonstrate how bias clouds our judgment and makes us miss the obvious. When it comes to considering the topic presented to us in today’s text from Revelation we are similarly confused.