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We Are Not Alone: Pentecost 14

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost,   August 26, 2018 Year B, Proper 16: 1 Kings 8:1, 6, 10-11, 22-30, 41-43; Psalm 84; Ephesians 6:10-20; John 6:56-69  “This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?” I don’t know about all of you, but I often have this very same reaction. Whether it was about the math I had to do for the appraisal classes and my degree in Finance or whether it was about an abstract theological concept in a seminary class, this…
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God Can Hold Our Pain And Be The Bread Of Life: Pentecost 13

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost,   August 19, 2018 Year B, Proper 15: 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14; Psalm 111; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58 I hope you’ll indulge me in a story this morning. Once upon a time, there was a wise prince. Following his father’s death, the prince assumed his divinely appointed throne, married a beautiful princess from a neighboring kingdom, and settled down to govern his people to the glory of God. Soon afterward, God appeared to him in a dream and promised…
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Make Your Life An Offering To God: Pentecost 12

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost,   August 12, 2018 Year B, Proper 14: 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33; Psalm 130; Ephesians 4:25-5:2; John 6:35, 41-51 This past Friday evening, I had the pleasure to cover myself in bug spray and listen to Mary Chapin Carpenter with several of the Beckford Parish ladies out at the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival. Of course, the Music Festival is lovely, but where does it happen? – on the beautiful grounds of our very own Episcopal retreat…
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Lead A Life Worthy Of The Calling: Pentecost 11

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost,   August 5, 2018 Year B, Proper 13: 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a; Psalm 51:1-13; Ephesians 4:1-16; Mark 6:14-29 What sign are you going to give us then?” The Gospel story from last week continues. It looks like some of the same people who wanted to make Jesus a king chased him across the lake. It’s this odd thing, they know he’s special and they want a piece of him. He can do something for them, and they want…
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Christ Is In Us And Always With Us: Pentecost 9

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost,   July 22, 2018 Year B, Proper 11: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a, 9-10; Psalm 89:20-37; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 Sermon text unavailable. Enjoy the audio using the player above. The sermons are recorded at St. Andrew’s and uploaded by Kemp Miller, for whose ministry we are all grateful. You can listen to this sermon by using the audio player above, but to access the library of audio files for recent sermons, CLICK HERE.     
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Our royal invitation to God’s table: Pentecost 8

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost,   July 15, 2018 Year B, Proper 10: 1 Samuel 6:1-5; Psalm 24; Ephesians 1:3-13; Mark 6:14-29 Have you ever wondered, even for a moment, what it would be like to be royalty? Have you ever indulged in a daydream that you’re really the child of a king or a queen? I know I did because when I was young the British Royal Family had children my age and I always thought Queen Elizabeth was the most beautiful…
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Christ binds us together with love and healing: Pentecost 6

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost,   July 8, 2018 Year B, Proper 8: 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27; Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43 If any of you have watched someone you love became sicker while medical help is ineffective or have been struck in traffic when trying to get someone to the emergency room, you have some idea of how Jairus felt in the Gospel we hear today. His twelve-year-old daughter was ill. He could do nothing about it himself. A…
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Be not afraid—you’re not alone in the boat: Pentecost 5

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, June 24, 2018 Year B, Proper 8: 1 Samuel 17: (1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49; Psalm 9:9-20; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41 In Mark’s gospel today, Jesus asks the disciples: Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith? They’re in a great windstorm. The gospel writer uses the word “great”, and in this context, the word great comes from the Greek word, megalē, which is also the root of our English word, mega. When we use…
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Keep planting seeds and trust God for the harvest: Pentecost 4

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, June 17, 2018 Year B, Proper 6: 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13; Psalm 20; 2 Corinthians 5:6-17; Mark 4:26-34 This week I had the opportunity to meet with a young woman who is applying for the diaconate in the Diocese of Virginia. To be a deacon is to be an ordained member of the clergy. For those of you who don’t know what a deacon is, Marty tells me that one of the deacon’s primary roles is to…
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Crazy, the Lord! Pentecost 3

Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 10, 2018 Year B, Proper 5: 1 Samuel 8:4-1, (12-15), 16-20, (11:14-15); Psalm 138; 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35 Today’s passage from Mark’s gospel is chock full of homiletical images nuggets. Any one preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ today would have a variety of options in how they take this sermon. “A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand”. That certainly seems rather prescient in today’s world. “How can Satan cast out Satan?” Think about…
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Unique and inseparable: Trinity Sunday

First Sunday after Pentecost – Trinity Sunday, May 27, 2018 Year B, Trinity Sunday: Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8:12-17; Psalm 138; John 3:1-17 The First Sunday after Pentecost is a celebration of the Holy Trinity. It’s Trinity Sunday, the day we celebrate not a specific event in the life of the church, but we celebrate a doctrine, specifically, our understanding of the identity of God. Last week, we heard the good news that the promised Holy Spirit has fallen upon…
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Receive the spirit of adoption: Day of Pentecost

Day of Pentecost, May 20, 2018 Year B, Whitsunday: Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 104:25-35, 37; Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 138; John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 Text not available at time of posting. The sermons are recorded at St. Andrew’s and uploaded by Kemp Miller, for whose ministry we are all grateful. You can listen to this sermon by using the audio player above, but to access the library of audio files for recent sermons, CLICK HERE.