Sermons

  • Third Sunday in Lent- Deacon Gill- March 19, 2017
    March 20, 2017 by
    Lent 3 March 19, 2017 Today we hear of a Samaritan woman going to draw water from the community well. Here in the USA we take water coming out of a tap, for granted. Women collecting water for their families, from a well, is a very common everyday occurrence in many parts of the world. Jesus uses water in this story in a different way. He uses it as a metaphor because we understand the necessity of water. Today’s reading is remarkable for many reasons not least that we learn so much about who Jesus is and what he wants of us. Water is at the center of our lives. We are born out of it. We are sustained by it. We drink it. We swim in it. We wash in it. Sometimes the power of water is mighty, sometimes gentle, but it is always mysterious. It extinguishes fire and...
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  • First Sunday in Lent- Fr. Chris- March 6, 2017
    March 6, 2017 by
    First Sunday in Lent March 6, 2017 Every year on the first Sunday in Lent, we find . In the first temptation, Jesus is enticed to turn stones into bread. Jesus is hungry after 40 days of fasting and turning stones to bread will alleviate his own present hunger. At the root of this temptation is the lure for Jesus to use his authority as the Son of God to meet his personal needs and desires ahead of all else. The desire to satisfy ourselves is a huge temptation we all face, and will become especially significant for Jesus during his crucifixion. In just a few short weeks, we will hear once more as he is encouraged by the onlookers to satisfy himself by saving himself as he hangs from the cross. This brings us to the second temptation: the great leap forward, the temptation to test God by jumping...
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  • Last Sunday after Epiphany-Rt. Rev. Jeff Fisher
    February 28, 2017 by
    The Last Sunday after the Epiphany February 26, 2017 Edge of Glory Matthew 17:1-9 The Rt. Rev. Jeff Fisher Click here for Bishop Fisher’s Blog I don’t know about you – but it seems like people want to experience – glory. People want to touch – glory. And in this last week, astronomers and scientists brought a new discovery to our attention. It has been discovered that billions and billions and billions of miles away – there is a star that could be a lot like our sun. And around this star – 7 planets are orbiting, 7 planets that could be very much like our earth. On TV and on social media, this got folks wondering – if there was life on these far away planets. And when I was taking the trash out the other night, I looked up at the night sky. And just knowing that these...
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  • Epiphany 6- Fr. Chris- February 12, 2017
    February 13, 2017 by
    Epiphany 6 February 12, 2017 Several hundred years ago when the Church of England was forming, there were fights over church practices and theology, specifically Protestant versus Roman Catholic. The early founders of our own faith declared that as a church we are creedal in nature, meaning we look to the three ancient creeds (Apostles, Nicene, and Athanasian) to inform the foundation of our faith. Everything outside of the creeds therefore comes down to personal piety. Piety in this sense is the other aspects of our faith that influence our actions and beliefs. For instance, what actually happens in the Eucharist? Is it transubstantiation, the belief that the bread and wine literally become body and blood physiologically speaking but just in the appearance of bread and wine? Or is it real presence, the belief that the bread and wine contain the very presence of Christ but the elements do not...
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  • Epiphany 3- Fr. Chris- January 22, 2017
    January 23, 2017 by
    Epiphany 3 January 22, 2017 As the old saying goes, “He held all the aces.” In other words, he had all the right cards in life to set him up for success if he just played them right. Although Saul was a Jewish man born in Tarsus, he was also fortunate enough to have inherited Roman citizenship from his father. On top of that, he came from the tribe of Benjamin, the same as King David, had an extremely devout Jewish family, and was studying to become a Pharisee under one of the most noted rabbis in history, Gamaliel. If this wasn’t enough, Saul was filled with zeal… the kind of passion that catches the attention of the top officials. At the same time there emerged a new subgroup of Israelites that called themselves “The Way.” This group of people claimed that the Messiah had indeed come and it was...
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  • Epiphany 1- Fr. Chris- January 8, 2017
    January 9, 2017 by
    Epiphany 1 January 8, 2017 If I were called in To construct a religion I should make use of water…. Going to church Would entail a fording To dry, different clothes… My liturgy would employ Images of sousing, A furious devout drench… And I should raise in the east A glass of water Where any-angled light Would congregate endlessly… This poem entitled “Water” by Philip Larkin helps to illustrate a persisting question about humanity, why do we as humans have an obsession with water? Over half of the world’s population lives within a hundred miles of an ocean. Many of the top vacation spots in the world rely on water to draw people to their area. Water has a mystical sense to it. Water can destroy on one hand and also form on the other. Water can frighten and also enliven. Water can take away and also give. Without water,...
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  • Christmas Eve- Fr. Chris- December 24, 2016
    December 28, 2016 by
    Christmas Eve December 24, 2016 Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme… No, that is not the beginning of a delicious holiday recipe, but rather the title to Simon and Garfunkel’s third studio album in 1966 as well as a repeated lyric from the song “Scarborough Fair.” Much of the album is composed of recycled lyrics from Paul Simon and is characterized by sharp contrasts from one track to next. The record seeks to tap into the conflicted nature of life. It brought forth some major hits along with “Scarborough Fair” such as “Homeward Bound,” “The Dangling Conversation,” and “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy).” However, it was the last song on the record entitled “7 o’clock News” that flat out surprised many first-time listeners. A piano begins to play softly and the two-part harmony of Simon and Garfunkel sing out with angelic voices “Silent night, holy night, all is calm,...
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  • Advent 4- Deacon Gill- December 18, 2016
    December 21, 2016 by
    Advent 4 December 18, 2016 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Christmas Eve is a week away and ready or not, it’s just about time for the Christmas story. And when we say “the Christmas story,” we usually mean Luke’s version of the Christmas story. You know, the one reenacted by children with the shepherds kneeling at the manger, sheep illuminated by all the heavenly host. The spotlight shines on Mary and the baby. Joseph is there too, of course. Although Joseph usually doesn’t get any speaking lines, unless he gets to ask for room at the inn, or to inquire “please, isn’t there somewhere my pregnant wife can lay down?” We will all hear that account on Christmas Eve. However today we hear of the leadup to the story and what a scandal the incarnation and the virgin birth really...
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Service Schedule

Sunday Services
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:15 a.m. Christian Formation
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

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Wednesday 12:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist

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