SERMON Palm Sunday 4/11/19 St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Coalgate, OK

Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 22:14-23:56 Drama of the Palms             One of my favorite parts of Holy Week has always been Palm Sunday.  I remember as a child, the Palms and how excited I was to wave them as we walked into the church.  I loved how my Mother showed me how to convert the…

SERMON 3/21/21 Lent 5B, All Saint’s Episcopal Church, Miami, OK

Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-13; Psalm 119:9-16; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33 We wish to see Jesus             “Sir, we wish to see JESUS!”  There is a very interesting event going on today in today’s Gospel reading.  Hungry “wanna be” converts were looking for the Bread of Life –  Jesus.  They were people outside the Jewish community, who were coming to Jesus’…

SERMON 2/28/21 Lent 2B. St. James OKC, OK

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:22-30; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38 Discipleship is not easy!             Discipleship is not always an easy path to follow.  In today’s story, we hear about one of Jesus’ Apostles that was torn between his own agenda and the requirements of discipleship that Jesus demands.  Mark’s gospel records that Jesus “began to teach them that…

SERMON 1/31/21 Epiphany 4B St. Paul’s, Claremore, OK

Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28 Everyday Demons             In today’s gospel we hear Jesus exorcise the demon of affliction of a man.  “Jesus rebuked him (the demon), saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.”  Sometimes the demons…

SERMON Epiphany 3B 1/24/21 St. Michael’s, Norman OK

Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:6-14; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20 The Risks of Following Jesus             In 2005, right after a vestry meeting at my home church, where I served on vestry and as the treasurer, I was invited into the clergy’s office for a chat.  This kind of meeting with the clergy leadership was not unusual,…

SERMON 1/17/21 Epiphany 2B St Martin of Tours, Pryor OK

1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20); Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51Sharing our PassionMy late father and I loved airplanes. We loved all things aviation so much, that we shared that hobby and took flying lessons together. What started as a teenager’s past time and hobby became for me, an avocation that changed my life….

SERMON 1/10/21 Epiphany 1B St. Basil’s Episcopal Church, Talehquah, OK

Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11 Baptism – Our Common Journey             2020 is behind us, or at least the numerical marker on the calendar indicates that this difficult year is past us.  However, the ongoing pandemic, the events of the past year, and the news of the first few weeks of the new year…

Christmas Eve 12/24/20 St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Oklahoma City, OK

Isaiah 62:6-12; Psalm 97; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:1-14(15-20) Christmas Traditions Christmas includes so many wonderful traditions : decorating the tree, drinking eggnog, hanging stockings, unwrapping gifts, children waiting for Santa Claus, and all those awesome Christmas stories on television and the movies. This year’s (2020) Christmas celebrations and festivities will not be traditional to say…