Sermon Pentecost 5A St. Augustine’s St. Petersburg

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 When we hear Jesus’ parables about planting and harvesting, which he spoke about frequently throughout his ministry, we must note that Jesus used metaphor and stories with which, people of an agrarian society, would be familiar. In today’s gospel, we hear a well-known parable about a field that had both wheat and …

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SERMON EASTER 4-16-17 Year A St. Edmund the Martyr, Arcadia FL

John 20:1-18 "Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her.” Over the past several weeks, television networks and news. shows such as the Science Channel, Discovery, the Today Show and even CNN are all offering special programming about …

GOOD FRIDAY SERMON 04-14-17, St. Edmund’s Arcadia FL

John 18:1-19:42 “We glory in your cross, O Lord, and praise and glorify your holy resurrection; for by virtue of your cross joy has come to the whole world.” (BCP p. 281) Today is the second hearing of the Passion Gospel this week. On Palm Sunday we focused on the shift from cheers of the …

MAUNDY THURSDAY SERMON 04/05/12, St. Edmund’s, Arcadia FL

John 13:1-17, 31b-35 On the evening before his death on the cross, Our Lord gathered his closest followers and with them, he did something incredible. Washing the feet of another person in first century Palestine was usually the job of someone of very low social status. In that geographic region, the landscape was arid, dusty, …

SERMON 3/26/17 Lent 4A St. Augustine’s St. Petersburg FL

            A young father took his daughter down to the local “second hand” store to buy her a bicycle on her tenth birthday. As much as he would have liked, dad couldn’t afford a new bike, but he wanted to give the young girl a special gift nonetheless. She found the …

SERMON Lent 1A 3/5/17, St. Edmund’s Arcadia FL

Matthew 4:1-11 During Lent, our readings, our prayers, and our hymns all are well laden with a focus on self-examination, penitence, self-denial and alms giving. As we shift our focus over the next few weeks to a spiritual wilderness experience, we rediscover the undertones of our struggle with temptation, and the word we often don’t …

SERMON 2/18/17 Epiphany 7A, St. Bede’s, St. Petersburg, FL

Matthew 5:38-48 One of the most recognized acts of slapstick comedy is the group pie fight. We’ve all seen these on television. The Three Stooges and many other comics have entertained us with their “tit for tat” bakery battles. Usually, the battle begins when one person lobs a volley with a whipped cream filled pan. …

SERMON 2/12/17 Epiphany 6A, St. John’s Brooksville, FL

Matthew 5:21-37 What is quickly becoming the norm these days is an emerging practice of barely squeaking by when it comes to what is right/wrong, lawful/unlawful, truth/falsehoods, and ethical/unethical. The other day I was approaching an intersection in Bradenton, there was this nice sports car ahead of me going very fast, and was closing in …