SERMON 8/4/19 Pentecost 8C Proper 13 St. Monica’s Naples, FL

Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23; Psalm 49:1-11; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21 Vanity "Vanity of Vanities," the Teacher said.  Vanity of Vanities.  All is Vanity."  Dictionary.com defines vanity as “excessive pride in one's appearance, qualities, abilities, or achievements.”  It seems that vanity or the focus on possessions, achievements, and even ourself has become the sole purpose of …

SERMON 7/28/19 Pentecost 7C Proper 12 St. Monica’s Episcopal Church

Genesis 18:20-32; Psalm 138; Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19); Luke 11:1-13 A 21stCentury Lesson on Prayer “Lord teach us to pray.”  The movie, “Bruce Almighty” is a comedy about “Bruce Nolan, a television reporter who is ungrateful and unhappy despite his TV popularity and the love of his girlfriend Grace . At the end of a bad …

SERMON 7/21/19 Proper 11 Pentecost 6C St. Monica’s Episcopal Church

Genesis 18:1-10a ; Psalm 15; Colossians 1:15-28; Luke 10:38-42 Maturing Christians Terri and I were at Target the other night doing our weekly grocery shopping.  I walked down the aisle with the peanut butter in it and suddenly felt “product option overload.” There were at least 8 different brands of peanut butter, three textures (creamy, …

SERMON 7/10/19 Proper 10 Pentecost 5C St Monica’s Episcopal Church

Deuteronomy 30:9-14; Psalm 25:1-9; Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37 Neighbors Who is MY neighbor? You do remember when neighbors used to be more than just the people whose house happened to be next to ours. I grew up in a small neighborhood of 1960’s suburbia homes, and in my neighborhood, within walking distance of my house …

SERMON 7/7/19 Pentecost 4C Proper 9 St. Monica’s Episcopal Church

Isaiah 66:10-14; Psalm 66:1-8; Galatians 6:(1-6)7-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 Good Will Hunting My favorite movie of all time is “Good Will Hunting,” a late 1990’s drama, about discovering one’s purpose.  The movie stars Matt Damon, who plays Will, a young man that grew up in a tough neighborhood in South Boston, who was abused by …

SERMON 6/30/19 Proper 8 Pentecost 3C St. Monica’s Episcopal Church

1 Kings 19:15-16,19-21; Psalm 16; Galatians 5:1,13-25; Luke 9:51-62 Plowing and Discipleship “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” Plowing fields in ancient times was a labor intensive, difficult, and cumbersome task. You had to manage stubborn animals who pulled the …

SERMON 6/23/19 Proper 7 Pentecost 2C St. Monica’s Episcopal Church

Isaiah 65:1-9; Psalm 22:18-27; Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 8:26-39 INTRODUCTION Today’s gospel reading on the surface may seem like another simple encounter with Jesus. However, there is a lot more going on in this story. There is a man possessed by demons, the fear and anxiety of a village, a miraculous exorcism or healing, a porcine …

SERMON Trinity Sunday 6/16/19 St. Monica’s Episcopal Church

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5:1-5 John 16:12-15 The Trinity Today is Trinity Sunday. Many clergy take vacation during this particular weekend, and leave the preaching on this last Feast Day before Ordinary Time to Supply Clergy or their Assisting Priests. Why, Trinitarian theology is not an easy thing to preach about. For instance, …