A Sermon for Easter Day

St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church
Chelsea, Alabama
Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Feast of the Resurrection: Easter Day
First Lesson: Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Second Lesson: Colossians 3:1-4
Gospel: John 20:1-18

+ Now, O Lord, take my lips and speak through them; take our minds and think through them; take our hearts and set them on fire for your Gospel; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

18010446_624775534397249_5296151517490218031_nAlleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

I don’t think that we can ever have too many “alleluias” on Easter morning. After all, we’ve come a long way through our forty-day journey through the season of Lent. We’ve traveled with Christ and his disciples to Jerusalem and witnessed betrayal and suffering as the crowd of people who initially welcomed him into the city with such excitement and enthusiasm quickly turned on Jesus, demanding for him to be put to death on a Roman cross.

So yes, it is time for us to once again announce to the world, with as much energy as we possibly can, the proclamation of our Lord’s resurrection, his glorious victory over sin and death. “Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!” Continue reading

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A Sermon for Maundy Thursday

St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church
Chelsea, Alabama
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Maundy Thursday + Year A
First Lesson: Exodus 12:1-14
Psalm 116:1, 10-17
Second Lesson: I Corinthians 11:23-26
Gospel: John 13:1-7, 31b-35 

+ Now, O Lord, take my lips and speak through them; take our minds and think through them; take our hearts and set them on fire for your Gospel; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

15727295_1197925136951213_2270845118382347316_nI am not one to come up with titles to my sermons.

I know some preachers who do, and that’s great- especially if it helps them focus on the message that they’re trying to convey.

If I were to come up with a title for my sermon this evening, I suppose it would be, “The Gift of Unexpected Grace.” That’s pretty “catchy,” right? “The Gift of Unexpected Grace.”

To me, that’s really what Maundy Thursday and the entire journey through Holy Week is all about – a gift of love – one that is given freely and willingly, one that exceeds our expectations and goes beyond what we could possibly ask for or imagine. Continue reading