SERMON 3-24-19 Lent 3C St. Monica’s Episcopal Church

Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 63:1-8; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9 Figs Trees "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none.” I really never understood until later in life, the significance of the fig tree in scripture. The reason being is we did not …

SERMON 3/16/19 Lent 2C St. Monica’s Episcopal Church

Genesis 15:1-12,17-18; Psalm 27; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:31-35 Political Cartoons I still remember that first Sunday coffee hour in my first parish after seminary, where a distinguished gentleman came up to me and said, “Fr. Eric, I hope you will not preach politics in the church.” I thought what he really meant to say was …

SERMON 2-24-19 Epiphany 7C St Monica’s Naples, FL

Genesis 45:3-11, 15; Psalm 37:1-12, 41-42; 1 Corinthians 15:35-38,42-50; Luke 6:27-38 Enemies Many of us grew up on Saturday mornings watching awesome cartoons like the “Bugs Bunny Roadrunner Hour” and “Tom and Jerry.” I loved how Elmer, Sylvester, Wile E Coyote and Tom the Cat tried endlessly to get one over on Bugs, Tweety Bird, …

SERMON 2/17/19 Epiphany 6C St. Monica’s Episcopal Church

Because I’m Happy    On my IPhone, I have a special playlist, which I listen to mainly when I need a lift, when I need to feel good, or when I am a little blue.  The first tune on that playlist is Pharell William’s song, “Happy.”  It is the theme song from one of my favorite …

SERMON 2/7/19 Epiphany 5C St. Monica’s Episcopal Church

Isaiah 6:1-8, [9-13]; Psalm 138; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11 Fishing in New Waters Fishing used to be one of my favorite hobbies. When I was a kid, we owned a beautiful boat, and we spent weekends on the lakes of East Tennessee, fishing and relaxing. On my Dad’s farm we also had a pond …

SERMON Epiphany 4C 2/3/19 St. Monica’s Episcopal Church

Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30  God’s Mission of Love             In Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon at the Royal Wedding last year he said, “We were made by a power of love, and our lives were meant - and are meant - to be lived in that love. That's why we are …

SERMON Epiphany 3C 1/27/19 St. Monica’s Episcopal Church

Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21 INTRODUCTION I read an interesting article the other day about body image, advertising, and the resultant effects on our spiritual, mental, and physical health. The article stated, “Although advertising aims to convince us to buy things, ads seldom portray people that look like us.” …

SERMON 1/20/19 Epiphany 2C St. Monica’s Episcopal Church, Naples, FL

Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 36:5-10; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11 My hour has not come             We often hear this story of Jesus’ miraculous act at a wedding (when he turned water to wine) and we remember it as a nice little story from Sunday school days.   We might even skim over it, as if it were a …