Welcome Home!

HOMECOMING SUNDAY (Common for the Mission of the Church I)
One year ago this week, Saint David’s closed its doors. We felt as though we might be wanderers, a people without a home. But Saint Stephen’s welcomed us and out of the two the Lord has made one. Where there was death, there is resurrection. … More Welcome Home!

On the Basis of Love

13th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Proper 18, Year C)
Pick up your cross and follow me, are words that ring through the Christian experience. It is in carrying our own cross and sacrificing ourselves to God that we become disciples of God. But this is not easy. We must love; we must love those who hate us. We must love those who are different from ourselves. We must love, even when we do not want to love; we can love in the name of Christ. But we must also act. … More On the Basis of Love

Thank You!

11th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Proper 16, Year C)
As I looked in the mirror I noticed the wound at the base of my neck, I was reminded of Thomas and I was drawn to Jesus precisely because of Jesus’ wounds. I was, you see, reminded of my own humanity. The marks of the scalpel, like the marks of the nails, are a reminder. Now, notice how Jesus acts with woman healed on the Sabbath: He sees her! He calls to her! He heals her! Do we do the same with scarred and wounded in our midst? … More Thank You!

The Assurance of Things Hoped For

9th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Proper 14, Year C)
Today’s passage from the Letter to the Hebrews is indeed a paean of praise to our ancestors in the faith, the “great cloud of witnesses” of which the biblical heroes and the Saints of the Church are a part. But so also, down through the centuries there have been men and women of faith who have added to their number. Have there not been in our own lives, in our own congregations, those whose examples of faith have been used by God to encourage us, to strengthen our own faith? … More The Assurance of Things Hoped For

What is ultimately important?

6th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Proper 11, Year C)
What if this is not a story about choosing between Bible study and outreach ministries, between making time for nightly devotional study and hands-on service to others? What if it’s not a story asking us to choose between being Mary and being Martha, but of keeping our focus on Jesus, choosing Jesus, choosing just one thing he’s asking of us, or offering to us, just now? … More What is ultimately important?

Who was a neighbor?

5th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (Proper 10, Year C)
True power doesn’t come from professional position, or societal position, or economic label – your power in the world. He thought that he, a powerful lawyer, was having a theoretical discussion with a powerful rabbi where they could come to some sort of intellectual understanding of the rules. But Jesus changed the question. He switched the paradigm. He described a world in which people who looked powerful on the outside were distracted by outward expectations and human constructs. While the pitiful societal outcast was the real powerhouse.
Who is my neighbor? Could I have a list? Yeah, that’s not so important.
How do I be a neighbor? Now, that’s a better question. … More Who was a neighbor?