Sermons

  • 14th Sunday after Pentecost- Fr. Chris- September 10, 2017
    September 11, 2017 by
    September 10, 2017 When asked to talk about love Dave, age 8, said “love will find you, even if you are trying to hide from it. I been trying to hide from it since I was five, but the girls keep finding me.” Regina, age 10, said “I’m not rushing into being in love. I’m finding the fourth grade hard enough.” Del, age 6, thinks that one surefire way to make someone fall in love is to “tell them that you own a whole bunch of candy stores.” Greg, age 8, thinks that “love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good too.” Finally, six-year-old Chrissy said that “love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” And so what does love look like to you? Jesus said, “For where...
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  • 11th Sunday after Pentecost- Deacon Gill- August 20, 2017
    August 23, 2017 by
    August 20, 2017 Today I want to share with you a personal story. As most of you know I was born in England to parents who weekly worshiped in the Church of England. After Rod and I married we were blessed with the opportunity to live and work in England, America and Australia for extended periods of time. These countries have national churches that are members of the Anglican Communion. So when I live in America I worship as an Episcopalian. When I live in the UK I am part of the Church of England and when I am in Australia I worship in the Anglican Church of Australia. The services in every part of the Anglican Communion are very similar and I feel comfortable and welcomed in each. In 1995 we moved from Melbourne, Australia to Fairfax Virginia. As was our custom within 2 to 3 weeks of arrival...
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  • 7th Sunday after Pentecost- Deacon Gill- July 23, 2017
    July 24, 2017 by
    July 23, 2017 Father Chris told us last week how we are now in the season of Matthew relating the parables of Jesus and what parables are. He posed 2 questions for you to think about; ‘what kind of soil are you’ and ‘are you a good sower’? Jesus used farming metaphors as concrete images to explain the mysterious nature of the kingdom of God, because at that time were associated with farming. In a classic strip of the famous “Peanuts” newspaper cartoon, Lucy explains to her little brother Linus about the existence of good and evil. She tells him that he, like others, has these two forces inside of him. Linus looks at his stomach with a distressed look on his face and declares, “I can feel them in there fighting.”………. What a truth!! In today’s gospel, we have another farming parable with Jesus using a similar image –...
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  • 4th Sunday after Pentecost- Fr. Chris- July 2, 2017
    July 5, 2017 by
    The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost July 2, 2017 We will start with an easy one. Tom Hanks… Tom Hanks starred in “Apollo 13” with Kevin Bacon. Therefore there is only one degree of separation from Mr. Bacon. But what about Clint Eastwood. Clint Eastwood was in “The Bridges of Madison County” with Meryl Streep who was in the “River Wild” with Kevin Bacon. What about an older actor like Charlie Chaplin who was in “A Countess from Hong Kong” with Tippi Hedren who was in “Jayne Mansfield’s Car” with Kevin Bacon. For those that have never played this game it is called “The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.” The idea is that the actor Kevin Bacon has been in so many movies, around 60, that any actor or actress in Hollywood is only 6 degrees of separation away from any other actor or actress. These degrees of separation are through...
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  • 3rd Sunday after Pentecost- Deacon Gill- June 25, 2017
    June 27, 2017 by
    The Third Sunday after Pentecost June 25, 2017 As the saying goes do you ever have a bad hair day? I do. A day when I feel out of sorts with everyone and anything that I touch. A day when I seem to be in conflict with everything around me. When we first hear todays reading from Matthew we may think Jesus is having a bad hair day. It is a typical Texas day outside , we feel in a summer mood and Jesus sounds confrontational and grumpy. We have to wonder how this passage made it into the Bible. Son against father, daughter against mother! What is Jesus saying? “ I have not come to bring peace but a sword” We know Jesus wasn’t speaking literally about a sword, because when he was being arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, Peter drew his sword to defend Jesus and Jesus...
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  • Trinity Sunday- Fr. Chris- June 11, 2017
    June 12, 2017 by
    Trinity Sunday June 11, 2017 Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Today we celebrate Trinity Sunday. The first Sunday after Pentecost is the day the Church sets aside to celebrate that truth that is at the core of what we believe: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the great mystery of three persons united in one being. As the Athanasian Creed, one of our three creeds along with the Apostles and Nicene, states: For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is...
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  • Seventh Sunday in Easter- Deacon Gill- May 28, 2017
    May 30, 2017 by
    Easter 7 May 28, 2017 From the way that the stories develop in the gospels we know that the Christians who were writing them a generation after the death of Jesus were doing so from oral memory. Oral tradition develops as the community looks for a re-creation of memory in community life and they are finally written down to communicate from one community to the other. The stories and reports are passed down verbally through followers from witnesses. For the group of people who knew Jesus and had witnessed his crucifixion it must have been a rather stark and traumatic period of time in the weeks afterwards. Many of their initial hopes and expectations had been dashed. All of this talk of the kingdom of God arriving soon seemed to be shattered with his death. We have to imagine the followers of Jesus getting together after the Resurrection and sharing...
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  • The Sixth Sunday in Easter- Fr. Chris- May 21, 2017
    May 21, 2017 by
    Easter 6: On the White Cliffs of Dover They Waited For a printable version of the sermon, click HERE.   Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia. On the White Cliffs of Dover, the English people waited for the worst. Napoleon Bonaparte was causing terror throughout mainland Europe and it was only a matter of time until his attention could be fully focused on the United Kingdom. France had invaded Ireland in 1796 with hopes of creating a future jumping point for further attacks. Efforts were later put in place to cross the English Channel in 1798, but Napoleon suddenly demanded the full attention of the army for the campaigns in Egypt against Austria. Finally, in 1802, a peace agreement thwarted Napoleon’s grand plans, but everyone knew this peace was just temporary. Now the iconic White Cliffs of Dover stand 350 feet directly above the crashing waves...
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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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