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

https://youtu.be/JFJIG_zDb-E 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 …

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

https://youtu.be/vERaPJfzsWU 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 …

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

https://youtu.be/UIWtMie-KSQ 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 …

SERMON Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord 4-12-20 St. Monica’s Naples, FL

https://youtu.be/_zAqQ0iUkd8 Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Colossians 3:1-4; Matthew 28:1-10 Mary Magdalene and Mary to the tomb In today’s gospel reading we hear about two women, followers of Jesus, who unlike the other fearful apostles, woke up early on the day of rest, probably before breakfast and their coffee, and went on an errand.  Scripture …

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

https://youtu.be/uXmnO9FcAA8 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 …

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

https://youtu.be/qsopgLzGfHI 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 …

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

https://youtu.be/9J-09LrbvXE 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 …

SERMON Maundy Thursday 4-9-20 St. Monica’s Episcopal Church, Naples, FL

https://youtu.be/9jKwqpfsNBc Exodus 12:1-4, (5-14); Psalm 116:1, 10-17; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32;  John 13:1-17, 31b-35  What is Love I believe Jesus was trying to teach us something profoundly different in his simple act of foot washing.  Jesus was telling us that we need to be real with one another, and try and accept one another as sisters …