“O God, who made this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord’s resurrection: Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.”

Filled with the Spirit

A Sunday reflection for the third Sunday after the Epiphany.The Lectionary readings for today are here. In his telling of the good news story, Luke tells us that after Jesus’ baptism he is ‘full of the Holy Spirit’ and that being led by the Spirit, Jesus goes into the wilderness to face the temptation ofContinue reading “Filled with the Spirit”

Living Hope

A sermon preached at St. Francis by the Lake Episcopal Church, Canyon Lake, Texas.The Lectionary readings for the First Sunday of Advent are here. If you were here two weeks ago, the gospel reading for today may have sounded familiar. We read Mark’s version of Jesus telling of the destruction of the Temple then andContinue reading “Living Hope”

Comfort, Joy, Peace

One of the (if not THE) most practical courses I had to take in seminary was one titled “Evangelism”. Of course, my evangelical-church-influenced childhood caused me to enter the class on the first day with arms folded and mind closed because the only idea of evangelizing I knew was to convince people, whether or notContinue reading “Comfort, Joy, Peace”

The God of Life

A sermon preached for the Feast of All Saints’ at St. Francis by the Lake, Canyon Lake, TX. The lectionary readings for the Feast of All Saints’ are here. I’d like to share a personal story with you, if I may. I shared this with the group who gathered on the deck for fellowship thisContinue reading “The God of Life”

Measuring Success

A sermon preached at St. Francis by the Lake Episcopal Church, Canyon Lake, Texas. The lectionary readings for the twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost are here. I’m going to start us off today with two questions:1. Do you know what the definition of insanity is? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.(AndContinue reading “Measuring Success”