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“Advent Time / Body Time”

    Now I know that Advent, like any other aspect of our liturgical life, is not about just one thing. It weaves together multiple themes, multiple strands of meaning. But I also can’t ignore the clear message this morning that Advent is at least in part about time. In our collect, we prayed God …

November 28, 2021

    Now I know that Advent, like any other aspect of our liturgical life, is not about just one thing. It weaves together multiple themes, multiple strands of meaning.…


Apocalypse

Apocalypse. Not a word we often hear in Episcopal sermons. Many of us associate it with catastrophe. We hear it in the word “post-apocalyptic” with images of some Mad Max wasteland. Most of us here grew up during the Cold War under the threat of nuclear annihilation. You might remember the 1980s TV mini-series, The …

November 14, 2021

Apocalypse. Not a word we often hear in Episcopal sermons. Many of us associate it with catastrophe. We hear it in the word “post-apocalyptic” with images of some Mad Max…


Come and See

All Saints – November 7, 2021 The Rev. Natalie Johnson Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 24; Revelation 21:1-6a; John 11:32-44   “Lord, if you had only been here, my brother would not have died.”  It doesn’t take much of an imagination to perceive the anguish behind Mary’s words. It is even easier to do so when we recall that …

November 7, 2021

All Saints – November 7, 2021 The Rev. Natalie Johnson Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 24; Revelation 21:1-6a; John 11:32-44   “Lord, if you had only been here, my brother would not have died.” …


“Fix Them on Our Foreheads” Remarks for Shared Homily

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” Likewise, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” We know that, right? The first of all God’s commandments. Along with the second. There is no commandment greater than these. Everybody knows that! The scribe …

October 31, 2021

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” Likewise, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” We…


The Cream of All Our Hearts

What does it mean to be commanded to love? Can such a framing truly open a space for genuine love to flourish? We just heard the Shema, the “Hear, O Israel,” foundation text in Deuteronomy. On the cusp of their entry to the Promised Land, Moses exhorts the Israelites to love God with all their …

October 31, 2021

What does it mean to be commanded to love? Can such a framing truly open a space for genuine love to flourish? We just heard the Shema, the “Hear, O…


Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

Our passage from Jeremiah opens with five imperatives. Through the prophet, the Lord exhorts Israel to sing aloud and to raise shouts in gladness, to proclaim, give praise, and say, “Save, O Lord, your people, the remnant of Israel.” The images in this small segment of Jeremiah portray a divine regathering of God’s scattered people. …

October 24, 2021

Our passage from Jeremiah opens with five imperatives. Through the prophet, the Lord exhorts Israel to sing aloud and to raise shouts in gladness, to proclaim, give praise, and say,…


Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

      James and John, the sons of Zebedee, are among the first Jesus calls as disciples and are named as two of the twelve Jesus appoints as apostles. Jesus gives them the nickname “Sons of Thunder,” a seemingly apt description for these zealous siblings who demand from him places of prominence and power …

October 17, 2021

      James and John, the sons of Zebedee, are among the first Jesus calls as disciples and are named as two of the twelve Jesus appoints as apostles.…


God’s Grace

The gospel reading from Mark today is a particularly difficult one for us to hear. It challenges us to examine our relationship with money, material possessions, and social status. Throughout the centuries, there has always been the temptation to spiritualize or allegorize its meaning, to somehow soften the demands of discipleship and lessen the cost …

October 10, 2021

The gospel reading from Mark today is a particularly difficult one for us to hear. It challenges us to examine our relationship with money, material possessions, and social status. Throughout…


Always More

Man and woman. Husband and wife. Adults and little children. Our scripture readings this morning revolve around these pairs, and others too: angels and mortals; human beings and animals. The problem with such pairs is that throughout history they have refused to remain neutral and merely descriptive. For centuries, they have become charged: invested with …

October 3, 2021

Man and woman. Husband and wife. Adults and little children. Our scripture readings this morning revolve around these pairs, and others too: angels and mortals; human beings and animals. The…


St Michael and All Angels

The book of Revelation is one we don’t tend to dwell on very often. The vision given to John on Patmos seems more like what we might expect in a fantasy novel rather than Scripture. Angels pouring out bowls of wrath, sounding trumpets, inciting war. A cursory read of Revelation would indicate to us that …

September 26, 2021

The book of Revelation is one we don’t tend to dwell on very often. The vision given to John on Patmos seems more like what we might expect in a…