Sermons

The EPISCOPAL CHURCH of ST. JAMES the LESS

Feast of St. Sergius, the “Russian St. Francis”

10/2/2019

So… it has been a rather dramatic couple days in politics, hasn’t it? I have to say I was a bit relieved to see that today’s saint takes us back to the 1300s, to a time not without problems of its own, but faraway problems both in distance and in time.

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Chipping Away at Stubborn Hearts

10/2/2019

My first thought on reading today’s parable was, I should have given this to Susie. (She has a hard one next week, though.) This is incontrovertibly the strangest and least comprehensible of all the parables Jesus told. It’s called the Parable of the ...

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Feast of Harry Thacker Burleigh

10/2/2019

Today is the anniversary of 9/11, and if our feast day today was for anyone other than who it is, I would probably have replaced it with a commemoration of that event. But I’m not going to do that. There will be plenty of commemorations out there ...

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Building a Tower–of Faith

10/2/2019

I see more faces back than last week and the week before. Welcome! Labor Day fell early this year, so we have this “between” Sunday that we’re calling “Fall Preparedness Sunday.” At the announcements we’ll bless the kids’ backpacks, ...

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The Pull of the Past, The Call of the Future: A Reflection on 3 Years

9/9/2019

So, it was three years ago almost to the day that I stood up here for the first time, June 26, 2016. Just curious, I looked back at my calendar from three years ago. Here were some of the things on it: Dinner at Barbara and John Palmer’s. (Who are Barbara ...

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Sermon for the Third Sunday after Pentecost

9/9/2019

So, it was three years ago almost to the day that I stood up here for the first time, June 26, 2016. Just curious, I looked back at my calendar from three years ago. Here were some of the things on it: Dinner at Barbara and John Palmer’s. (Who are Barbara ...

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Daughters of Abraham, Stand

9/9/2019

Wow, it’s strange to be up in the pulpit after 4 weeks! But it’s good to be back – good to see all of you. Thank you for your hospitality to my colleagues who covered for me while I was away; they really enjoyed their time with you. I want to point ...

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Time to be Mary

9/9/2019

Today’s saint just might have the singular distinction of being among the (morally speaking) worst saints we honor all year, at least going from the first half of his life. Our saint is Bartolome de las Casas. He lived from the late 1400s to the mid 1500s, ...

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Day of Pentecost

6/12/2019

Today is the Feast of Pentecost. Pentecost in Greek means 50 days, because we are now 50 days from Easter. Our Jewish brothers and sisters are this weekend also celebrating their Pentecost. This was a Jewish festival before it was a Christian one.

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One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism

6/12/2019

Welcome to the Cline family, whose daughter (second daughter) Hannah will be baptized today. Hannah was our baby Jesus in last year’s Christmas pageant. Her older sister Amelia was baptized almost two years ago, in the Parish Hall, where we ...

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