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, …

SERMON Palm Sunday 4/11/19 St. Monica’s Episcopal Church

Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 22:14-23:56  Palm Procession I bet with our lengthy gospel narrative today, you may be sitting there hoping for an abbreviated sermon. I will oblige my sisters and brother and so, there will be no references to cartoon characters, perfume commercials, Fig Newtons, or Super Heroes today. However, the …

SERMON 4/7/19 Lent 5C St Monica’s Episcopal Church, Naples FL

Enjoli …I can do it all. In the 1980’s there was a television commercial for women’s perfume that seemed to change how not just women, but all of us, attempt to “do it all,” “accomplish it all,” all while looking and feeling our best.  The commercial claimed, I can bring home the bacon, fry it …

SERMON 3/31/19 Lent 4C St Monica’s Episcopal Church, Naples, FL

Joshua 5:9-12; Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 Television Drama – Binge Watching Have you ever noticed that the four television channels we all grew up with has changed to On Demand television, which allows us to watch whatever we want, whenever we want, for as long as we want.  “According to a …