Sermons

The EPISCOPAL CHURCH of ST. JAMES the LESS

Our Story, Too. Jephthah’s Vow Then and Now.

2/8/2019

Those of you who were here last Sunday know that, today, I have the honor of preaching a Scripture passage chosen by one of you. At our last Mardi Gras party, we auctioned off a Sunday sermon on any passage from the Bible, no matter how difficult, ...

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A Sermon for Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend

2/8/2019

Happy holiday weekend! I feel a certain solidarity with those who are here with me on holidays (especially such wintry holidays) since I don’t have much of a choice. We may be a small group, but I hope you’ll also join me after church for the forum on race ...

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Homily for Holy Baptism

2/8/2019

A big welcome to the Sutherland and Lord family and all those here with them. Duncan, Lisa and their two daughters Peyton and Fallon will be baptized today. It isn’t often we get to baptize all together people old enough to make their own affirmations ...

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A Sermon for the First Sunday of Advent & the Church’s New Year

1/14/2019

Happy Advent, happy new (church) year! This is the first Sunday of the church’s year, which goes from today all the way to the Feast of Christ the King, at the end of November. Time in the church goes like this, around and around, repeating itself year ...

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The Way of Gratitude, and Love. A Sermon for the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

11/26/2018

Don’t you just love on the Sunday before Thanksgiving a reading telling us not to worry? Did Jesus ever cook a Thanksgiving turkey? That’s what I want to know. ...

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Annual Appeal Sermon

11/26/2018

I hope you’ve noticed by now that we are in the midst of our Annual Appeal. Next month your vestry will sit down and decide on the budget for 2019, as the canons of the church require they do, and that budget will be based on the number of pledges ...

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All Saints’ Day

11/26/2018

Welcome to the Murphy family, and their wider families, the Murphys and the Whitneys and others here with us, friends and family alike. This is a big group! ...

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Preparing the Way: A Lesson in Humility

1/14/2019

John the Baptist. We know Advent is progressing when he appears on the scene, like a wild man, dressed in coarse camel’s hair, eating locusts and honey, shouting at people. As children we (some of us) learned about him in Sunday school. His diet ...

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Clement of Alexandria, “Wise Man of Babylon”

1/14/2019

Today we commemorate Clement of Alexandria, born in the year 150 in Athens. He was what we call one of the early church Fathers, among the several dozen men who wrote about Christianity in those very early years and helped shape what ...

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The Only Definition of Greatness

11/26/2018

Welcome to the Sanchez family and all of their guests here this morning! We love baptisms in this church. We had one last week and will have another in two weeks, on November 4. Baptism is a public sacrament in our tradition. Meaning that, with rare ...

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