SERMON 6-9-19 Day of Pentecost (Baptisms) St. Monica’s

Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:25-35, 37; Romans 8:14-17; John 14:8-17 (25-27 Sailing Ships A few weeks ago, Terri and I embarked on a seven-day journey aboard a beautiful, massive cruise ship.  From the outside for some, it may seem like just a big boat, created for a leisurely stroll along the Caribbean islands, where everyone on board …

SERMON Easter 6C 5/26/19 St Monica’s Episcopal Church

Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5; John 14:23-29 Fear and An Anxious World A few years ago, a friend gave me a framed picture that today, sits on a shelf in my office. The caption on the picture says, “Courage is fear that has said its prayers.” For me, those words mean, “having the …

SERMON Easter 3C 5-5-19 St. Monica’s Episcopal Church, Naples, FL

Acts 9:1-6, (7-20); Psalm 30; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19 Now Hiring - Disciples Have you ever wondered what a disciple job interview with Jesus would be like?  Jesus might say, “So tell me why you think you are qualified for this position as disciple.”  We might say, “Let’s see, I have no background in evangelism, …

SERMON Easter 2C 4/28/19 St. Monica’s Episcopal Church

Acts 5:27-32; Psalm 118:14-29; Revelation 1:4-8; John 20:19-31 Peace Be With you One of my favorite old hymns begins with, “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.”  Let it begin with me.  When he appeared to his disciples after his crucifixion and death, even while they were hiding behind fear …

SERMON EASTER SUNDAY 4/21/19 St. Monica’s Naples

Acts 10:34-43; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; John 20:1-18 Foolish and Slow of Heart When I was a kid I used to ride along with my father on trips to make house calls to repair people’s television sets. Along those dusty gravel roads of East Tennessee,  we listened to the local AM radio station, which played bluegrass, …

SERMON Easter Vigil 2019 4-20-19 St. Monica’s Episcopal Church

From the Ashes I was driving home from the airport the other day, when I heard the news, “Paris’ Notre Dame engulfed in flames.” The tragedy of the loss of this ancient, and historic treasure, and the stories of hope we have heard even in the midst of its loss, gives us an idea of …

GOOD FRIDAY SERMON 04-19-19 St. Monica’s Naples

Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9; 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 …

MAUNDY THURSDAY SERMON 04/18/19 St. Monica’s Naples

Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14 ; Psalm 116:1, 10-17; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17, 31b-35  What is Love Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another.”  The church I first grew up in was situated in a little rural community where at least on Sunday mornings, we all played sweet and nice with one another, …