The Second Sunday of Advent
on December 4th, 2022
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the prophetsThis Sunday, the second Sunday of Advent, we will be listening in yet again on the call from the strange man from the wilderness who was called the Baptizer. We will hear his call of repentance, in order...  Read More
The First Sunday of Advent
on November 27th, 2022
“For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of man.” — the words of JesusIt used to be a regular occurrence for me as a child that, during the holiday season, our dining room table would become filled with a thousand or more tiny little pieces of whatever puzzle we bought for that year. I would frantically begin to separate out the edges from the rest of the inside pieces. Then...  Read More
The Last Sunday After Pentecost
on November 20th, 2022
“Father forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” — JesusJust as we have exited our midterm election cycle we find ourselves as a society thrust immediately into the next one—for the presidency. You think Walmart or KOSI 101.1 are crazy for introducing Christmas kitsch in late October/early November—the political wonks are already on the prowl screaming about 2024! So much for lettin...  Read More
The Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost
on October 30th, 2022
“As he approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging… Jesus asked him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ He said, ‘Lord, let me see again.’ ” — Luke 18:35, 41“There was a man there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was.” — Luke 19:2-3We are told that, in the last days of Jesus, he made his way from the north in Galil...  Read More
The Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost
on October 2nd, 2022
How lonely sits the city that was once full of people… The roads to Zion mourn for no one comes to the festivals.” — The lament of JeremiahIt is difficult to read the lamentations of the prophet Jeremiah, especially when one has a sense of the horrors that accompanied them and were the occasion of their writing. It is also difficult not to associate these laments with the life of the Christian ch...  Read More
The Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
on September 25th, 2022
“…God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself…” — The apostle Paul in his second letter to the CorinthiansThis Sunday, we will be celebrating the baptism of M. B. L.! And, as is our custom whenever we baptize a new member in the Body, we all renew our own baptismal vows. This is a solemn and joyous event that I hope we all will be present for!Within the Christian churches, baptism is clearl...  Read More
The Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost
on September 24th, 2022
“…make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth…” — Jesus of NazarethThere was once a man—let’s call him an accountant of sorts. He oversaw and managed the wealth of an important business man. One of his duties was to keep tabs on those the business man had lent money to and would collect on the debt when necessary. One day the business man called the accountant into his office after a ...  Read More
The Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost
on September 11th, 2022
At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem: A hot wind comes from me out of the bare heights in the desert toward my poor people, not to winnow or cleanse—a wind too strong for that. Now it is I who speak in judgment against them. — Jeremiah the prophetAll the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to Jesus. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and sayi...  Read More
The Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost
on August 28th, 2022
“…share what you have…” — The letter to the HebrewsI have vivid memories of those first months after my adult conversion to the Christian faith. I wanted to know everything! I couldn’t get enough. I wanted to know what the Christian “answer” was to every question I could conjure! I was quickly introduced to the vast world of theological reflection among Christian authors living and dead. I discove...  Read More
The Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost
on August 21st, 2022
Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.The prayer above is the collect for this coming Sunday. The prayer is for the unity of the Christians to be demonstrab...  Read More
The Tenth Sunday After Pentecost
on August 14th, 2022
“Do you think that I have come to bring peace on the earth?” — Jesus of NazarethMy hunch is that we would all answer this question with a big hearty Amen!Of course, you came to bring peace! We call you the Prince of Peace. You told your disciples that you were leaving them with a peace that the world could not give. Your great apostle Paul greeted everyone with grace and peace and instructed his c...  Read More
The Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
on August 13th, 2022
When you stretch out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood. — Isaiah 1:15I have been around the Church long enough to hear (and offer) my fair share of critiques of worship. “The music is too old fashioned.” “The music is too contemporary.” “The music is too loud.” “The pastor doesn’t preach biblical sermons.” “...  Read More