Sermons (Page 3)

Sermons (Page 3)

Homily | Sunday, June 21, 2020

​These words of Jesus do not make an ideal message for a Father’s Day card. We hear of a sword, family disputes, questions about worthiness and life and death. This Gospel passage does not seem ideal for our environment, either, when so much already feels on edge. During these days, we bring a litany of concerns to God, concerns about illness, injustice, economic anxiety,…

Made in God’s Own Image, Humankind Is Good

The first chapter of Genesis emphasizes that humankind is created in God’s own image – and that humankind is “good.” Images deeply influence how we are formed. The God we imagine is the God we emulate. In cultivating our “religious imagination,” we contemplate the essence of our Creator, and we become like Him. Yes, as lofty and improbable as it sounds, you and I were…

The Pain and Joy of Absence and Presence

The Ascension of Our Lord, Luke 24:44-53 and Acts 1:1-11, 5-24-20 Sermon to Pohick Church on Facebook Live, back in the Historic Church Building May 24, 2020 “I am going to send you what my Father has promised, but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” and, “….he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned…

Solidarity with Jesus in the Wilderness

If you’ve travelled to the Holy Land, maybe you’ve seen the desert monastery perched precariously on the edge of a steep cliff near Jericho. You may have wondered why on earth those early monks would choose such an inhospitable, practically unreachable, place to build a place of prayer. In one direction, all you see for miles are sand and rocks, with shimmering heat…

Time Matters

Once again, rockets fly back and forth between Gaza and Israel. People are injured and killed daily, and terror reigns. We can’t help wondering if the time is coming when the rockets are finally able to reach the Holy City of Jerusalem. Some worry that Christ’s second coming is imminent. But haven’t we always, in every age? …”