A Sermon for the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest
Abilene, Texas
Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost + Proper 25C
First Lesson: Joel 2:23-32
Psalm 65
Second Lesson: II Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
Gospel: Luke 18:9-14

✠ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Campaign 2016 DebateFor several months now, we’ve been in the midst of a very heated and often divisive conversation about who is most fit to lead our country as the next president. Some may argue that it’s the most controversial election cycle that our country has ever seen, and if you’ve been watching the debates, you’d probably agree with that assessment.

For months, the media has been filled with news stories concerning the latest scandals, and time and again, we’ve witnessed campaign rallies turn into spectacles of protest and outrage. Both of the leading candidates for president have clearly expressed their contempt for one another, and what’s worse is that this contempt has spread to their supporters as well. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been guilty of this as I’m sure so many of us have. Continue reading