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The Word Declares and the Light Reveals, God Incarnate

First Sunday after Christmas (BCP; uses the same readings every year, not RCL) – Audio Isaiah 61:10-62:3Psalm 147Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7John 1:1-18 “And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.”  In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen. ✠ Did you […]

Prepare the Way of the Lord

Third Sunday of Advent (December 15, 2019) – Audio A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; … it shall be for God’s people; no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray. Isa. 35:8 During my academic sabbatical, three years ago now, I was interim rector of a parish in Nashville. You may not be fully aware of this, but being a rector is one of the most challenging jobs […]

Children of the Resurrection

Proper 27 (32) (November 10, 2019) – Audio For he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to God all are alive. Amen.  It is perhaps not so common now, but for centuries in the Christian world a common criticism leveled at someone was that they are being “Pharisaical.” Even today, in some circles, you will hear people criticize other kinds of Christians as being “like the Pharisees.” This derives, of […]

Inhabiting our Exile

As usual, it is probably better heard than read. The audio is here. Proper 23 (28) (October 9, 2016) First reading and Psalm Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 Psalm 66:1-12Second reading 2 Timothy 2:8-15Gospel Luke 17:11-19 “The saying is sure: If we have died with him, we will also live with him” It is tempting to preach from the Epistle for today, but as a textual scholar, Paul’s injunction “warn them before God that they are to […]

What are your priorities? Who are you going to serve?

Proper 20 (25) (September 22, 2019)Good Shepherd, LexingtonFirst reading and Psalm Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 Psalm 79:1-9Second reading 1 Timothy 2:1-7Gospel Luke 16:1-13 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and forgive our sins, for your name’s sake. (Ps. 79:9) Amen. ✠ On the way into work this week I was tired of the news so I put on a 1970s playlist with some of my favorites that I […]

God in the Storm: Season of Creation Week 3

“Where is your faith?” God in the Storm: Season of Creation Week 3 – September 15, 2019, St. Raphael’s Lexington This congregation was working through the “Season of Creation” lectionary. The readings were Job 28:20-27, Ps. 29, 1 Corinthians 1:21-31, and Luke 8:22-25. Some of the commentaries online (here and here) have a woeful misreading of Job, “God discovered wisdom imbedded in nature.” (Perhaps written by the same person?) I may post something another time […]

Coming to Mount Zion

Sermon at Good Shepherd Lexington from Sunday, August 25, 2019. As always, the audio is an expansive version of the text below. Proper 16 (21) (August 25, 2019)First reading and Psalm • Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6 Second reading • Hebrews 12:18-29 Gospel • Luke 13:10-17 For “you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem!” Amen. It has been a busy week for many of us in Lexington. […]

“Declare what God has done for you.”

Proper 7 (12) (June 23, 2019), Good Shepherd, Lexington. 1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a Psalm 42 and 43 Galatians 3:23-29 Luke 8:26-39 19:11 [God] said [to Elijah], “Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and […]

Pentecost – A Holy Fire

Pentecost – Whitsunday 2019 Good Shepherd, LEXYear CRCLAudio @GoodShepherdLEX Acts 2:1-21 Psalm 104:24-35, 37 Romans 8:14-17 John 14:8-17, (25-27) “Suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, […]

Ash Wednesday: Do not give up, take up!

Ash Wednesday First reading Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 Psalm Psalm 51:1-17 Second reading 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 Gospel Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Ps. 51:15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. Amen. Today is Ash Wednesday, marked literally and figuratively by the ashes that will be placed upon our foreheads as a sign and reminder of our mortality. It is the beginning of Lent, which is the season of forty days and forty […]