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Be still my soul

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side. Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain. Leave to thy God to order and provide; In every change, He faithful will remain. Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heav’nly Friend Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.   A year ago, this …

December 5, 2021

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side. Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain. Leave to thy God to order and provide; In every change, He…


“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.…


The Reign of Christ: Ingathering Sunday..

In 1925, Pope Pius XI declared the last Sunday of the liturgical calendar to be Christ the King Sunday, a day to counter the influential secularism of the times with a reminder of the lordship and rule of God in Christ. In Christian vernacular, we speak a great deal about the kingdom, or reign, of …

November 21, 2021

In 1925, Pope Pius XI declared the last Sunday of the liturgical calendar to be Christ the King Sunday, a day to counter the influential secularism of the times with…


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…