The Beginning and the End

“Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.”

Not Even One Stone

A reflection for the twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost. The lectionary readings for today are here. There is much gloom and doom in the lectionary readings for today. And there is much joy and hope. Jesus says, “as for the things you are admiring, the time is coming when not even one stone will be uponContinue reading “Not Even One Stone”

Bodies&Souls

Although my anticipated audience for this piece is post-menopausal women like myself, I do hope and pray that younger women and all men would read it, too. We do not live this life as isolated individuals but as interconnected companions along the Way. The better we attempt to understand each other’s experience the more compassionContinue reading “Bodies&Souls”

All the Possibilities

A sermon preached at St. Francis by the Lake, Canyon Lake, Texas.The Lectionary readings for the twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost are here. When you hear the name Zacchaeus, what is the first thing that runs through your mind? What about Jericho? I bet one or both of those songs will be running through your headContinue reading “All the Possibilities”

Faithful Persistence

A sermon preached at St. Francis by the Lake Episcopal Church, Canyon Lake, Texas.The Lectionary readings for the nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost are here. When you hear this particular parable, what American proverb comes to your mind?  …  And when you hear “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” what does it mean?  The one whoContinue reading “Faithful Persistence”