SERMON 1/30/17 Epiphany 4A Holy Innocents, Valrico

"Happy are the poor in spirit ..." In today’s gospel reading we hear these words, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” What happens to the meaning of these words, if we were to replace the word” Blessed” with “Happy?” “Happy are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the …

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SERMON 12/18/16 Advent 4 – Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, Valrico

Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25 “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” …

“Take Courage” – An Advent Reflection

Matthew 14:27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. "Don't be afraid," he said. "Take courage. I am here!" A wise spiritual director once told me, "Tension and discomfort are usually signs that change in your life is imminent." I think she was right. The end of the year always seems to bring "change" into the forefront …

SERMON 11/9/16 All Saint’s Tarpon Springs Proper 28

Luke 21:5-19 I assume like me, most of you have either been watching the political coverage on the evening news or you have been involved with it through social media over the last year or so. We can only hope that with the election behind us, we as a nation can begin to heal, come …

SERMON 10/30/16 St. John’s Clearwater, FL “All Saint’s Day”

Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18; Ps. 149, Ep 1:11-23 and Luke 6:20-21.  Watch on Vimeo As our church year comes to a close in just a few weeks, and we enter a new year beginning with the season of Advent, the church shifts her attention to the feast of All Saint’s, and undoubtedly this time of year …

SERMON 9-26-16 Good Samaritan Clearwater, FL Pentecost 21C

Luke 16:19-31             Eleven years ago, before seminary, before ordained ministry, my spouse Terri and I and ten younger adults of our parish, decided to join in with another church, to support their food ministry for the homeless, who were living on the streets of Fort Myers, FL. We shadowed the other group for a …

SERMON 9/11/16 St. Boniface Siesta Key, FL Proper 19C Luke 15:1-10

Luke 15:1-10 Watch Video 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.            Where were you that day? Even after fifteen years, many of us try and bury the memories, only to have them resurface when another attack occurs somewhere around …