SERMON 9-15-19 Pentecost 14C Proper 19 St. Monica’s Naples, FL

Exodus 32:7-14; Psalm 51:1-11; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10 Being Lost September 11, 2001 at 8:46 am, American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into floors 93-99 of the North Tower of the World Trade Center.  We try to bury the memories and emotions of that tragic day, only to have them resurface.   It all SEEMS like …

SERMON 9/8/19 Pentecost 13C Proper 18 St. Monica’s Naples, FL

Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 1; Philemon 1-21; Luke 14:25-33 Making Disciples After the resurrection and before the ascension, Jesus told his followers to “Go and make disciples of all nations.”  In our postmodern times, we may think that means merely attending Sunday worship, going to Sunday school, confirmation prep classes, mission trips, and eventually full membership …

SERMON 9/1/19 Pentecost 12C Proper 17 St. Monica’s Episcopal Church

Sirach 10:12-18; Psalm 112 ; Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16’ Luke 14:1, 7-14 Downton Abbey and Table Manners When we first moved to Naples and we lived in temporary housing, Terri and I bing-watched the entire six seasons of Downton Abbey.  This PBS drama is a tale set in a fictional Yorkshire country estate between 1912 and 1926, …

SERMON 8-25-19 Pentecost 11C Proper 16 St. Monica’s Naples, FL

Isaiah 58:9b-14; Psalm 103:1-8; Hebrews 12:18-29; Luke 13:10-17 Bound and Bent Over A recent Forbes magazine article stated, “We spend as much as 12 hours a day in front of our screens.” Further, the report asserts, “Our time on social media shows measurable, causal differences in our mental health.” (6)  As we Americans make the …

SERMON 8/18/19 Pentecost 10C Proper 15 St. Monica’s Episcopal Church, Naples, FL

Jeremiah 23:23-29; Psalm 82; Hebrews 11:29-12:2; Luke 12:49-56 Family Feuds “Family Feud” is a popular television game show where two families compete to name the most popular responses to survey questions in order to win cash and prizes. It began in 1976 with Richard Dawson as the host, and now the show stars comedian Steve Harvey.  …

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, …