SERMON Easter 6A 5-17-20 St. Monica’s Episcopal Church, Naples, FL

Acts 17:22-31; Psalm 66:7-18; 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21 Peter Pan – Reluctant Disciple In 1991, Robin Williams played a unique role (Peter Pan) in the blockbuster hit “Hook.”   This version of the story of Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinker Bell, and the orphaned “Lost Boys” is one of my favorites.  The movie features Peter Pan…

SERMON Easter 4A St. Monica’s Episcopal Church, Naples, FL

Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10 Sheep: Metaphorical Disciples In today’s gospel reading Jesus speaks of our relationship to him as the Good Shepherd, “He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” This is not the only place in scripture we hear Jesus refer to himself as the Good…

SERMON Easter 3A 4/26/20 St Monica’s Episcopal Church, Naples, FL

Acts 2:14a,36-41; Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17; 1 Peter 1:17-23; Luke 24:13-35 Belief/Unbelief Last week, we were reminded by our brother Thomas about the challenges of unbelief.  This week, we hear about two other disciples who experienced the Risen Christ along the road, but also were challenged by unbelief.  Once again, we are reminded that this journey…

Encouragement Today – COVID 19 4-20-20

The COVID 19 Pandemic has changed our routines, but for all of us, everyday life is forever changed. Some of our sisters and brothers are struggling to make ends meet. People have lost their jobs, and an alarming number of our citizens have lost their lives. 770,000+ Americans have contracted the disease, and over 41,000…

SERMON EASTER VIGIL 4-11-20 St. Monica’s Episcopal Church, Naples, FL

Romans 6:3-11; Matthew 28:1-10 Renewal of Baptismal Vows I still recall the first Easter Vigil at my alma mater, my seminary Sewanee, The University of the South.  In that stained-glass chapel that resembled a cathedral more than a mere chapel, in darkness that night, there were multiple baptisms.  The Easter Vigil is one of the…

SERMON Easter 2A 4-19-20 St Monica’s Naples, FL

Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31 Thomas the Twin, the disciple in today’s gospel is known by most of us as “Doubting Thomas.” Nonetheless, many theologians think that trademark is a misinterpretation of the story we heard today.  Think about it, we all have had doubts, and I am sure that…

SERMON Good Friday 4-10-20 St. Monica’s Naples, FL

Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22; Hebrews 10:16-25; 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 reading of the Passion Gospel this week. On Palm Sunday we focused on the…