A Sermon for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 13B) + August 5, 2018

St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church
Chelsea, Alabama
Sunday, August 5, 2018

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 13B)
First Lesson: Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15
Psalm 78:23-29
Second Lesson: Ephesians 4:1-16
Gospel: John 6:24-35

Now, O Lord, take my lips and speak with 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.

38498635_465501407257457_6158961485893599232_n“I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

“Lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called.”

These words from our lesson from St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians are powerful. They convey a sense of responsibility and urgency. They remind us that this life to which we’ve been called as followers of Jesus is built upon how we treat our brothers and sisters. The author uses some key words to describe this life, words like humility, gentleness, patience, love, and peace. Continue reading

A Sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter

The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest
Abilene, Texas
Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Third Sunday of Easter + Year C
First Lesson: Acts 9:1-6
Psalm 30
Second Lesson: Revelation 5:11-14
Gospel: John 21:1-19

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

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Raphael’s Christ’s Charge to Peter

Several years ago, I discovered an interesting video on YouTube that was posted by an Episcopal priest. The video was entitled “Eucharistia,” the Greek word meaning, “thanksgiving” and the origin of the word that we use to identify our central act of worship in the Episcopal Church, the Eucharist.

What this priest created was a short vignette, a video meditation, about the significance of the Eucharist and its role in our walk with Christ. It featured a group of people gathered together in a large, open room. Among them was a shy young woman, a stranger to the group, who was reluctant to participate at first but eventually came to realize that what was happening around her was so important that she had to be part of it. One thing that made the video so captivating was that it was shot in the style of a silent film. So, the only thing that you could hear was a bit of instrumental music playing in the background. Essentially, it was a story told through actions and gestures rather than the spoken word. Continue reading