SERMON 7/10/19 Proper 10 Pentecost 5C St Monica’s Episcopal Church

Deuteronomy 30:9-14; Psalm 25:1-9; Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37 Neighbors Who is MY neighbor? You do remember when neighbors used to be more than just the people whose house happened to be next to ours. I grew up in a small neighborhood of 1960’s suburbia homes, and in my neighborhood, within walking distance of my house …

SERMON 7/7/19 Pentecost 4C Proper 9 St. Monica’s Episcopal Church

Isaiah 66:10-14; Psalm 66:1-8; Galatians 6:(1-6)7-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 Good Will Hunting My favorite movie of all time is “Good Will Hunting,” a late 1990’s drama, about discovering one’s purpose.  The movie stars Matt Damon, who plays Will, a young man that grew up in a tough neighborhood in South Boston, who was abused by …

SERMON 6/30/19 Proper 8 Pentecost 3C St. Monica’s Episcopal Church

1 Kings 19:15-16,19-21; Psalm 16; Galatians 5:1,13-25; Luke 9:51-62 Plowing and Discipleship “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” Plowing fields in ancient times was a labor intensive, difficult, and cumbersome task. You had to manage stubborn animals who pulled the …

SERMON 6/23/19 Proper 7 Pentecost 2C St. Monica’s Episcopal Church

Isaiah 65:1-9; Psalm 22:18-27; Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 8:26-39 INTRODUCTION Today’s gospel reading on the surface may seem like another simple encounter with Jesus. However, there is a lot more going on in this story. There is a man possessed by demons, the fear and anxiety of a village, a miraculous exorcism or healing, a porcine …

SERMON Trinity Sunday 6/16/19 St. Monica’s Episcopal Church

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5:1-5 John 16:12-15 The Trinity Today is Trinity Sunday. Many clergy take vacation during this particular weekend, and leave the preaching on this last Feast Day before Ordinary Time to Supply Clergy or their Assisting Priests. Why, Trinitarian theology is not an easy thing to preach about. For instance, …

SERMON 6-9-19 Day of Pentecost (Baptisms) St. Monica’s

Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:25-35, 37; Romans 8:14-17; John 14:8-17 (25-27 Sailing Ships A few weeks ago, Terri and I embarked on a seven-day journey aboard a beautiful, massive cruise ship.  From the outside for some, it may seem like just a big boat, created for a leisurely stroll along the Caribbean islands, where everyone on board …

SERMON Easter 6C 5/26/19 St Monica’s Episcopal Church

Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5; John 14:23-29 Fear and An Anxious World A few years ago, a friend gave me a framed picture that today, sits on a shelf in my office. The caption on the picture says, “Courage is fear that has said its prayers.” For me, those words mean, “having the …

SERMON Easter 3C 5-5-19 St. Monica’s Episcopal Church, Naples, FL

Acts 9:1-6, (7-20); Psalm 30; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19 Now Hiring - Disciples Have you ever wondered what a disciple job interview with Jesus would be like?  Jesus might say, “So tell me why you think you are qualified for this position as disciple.”  We might say, “Let’s see, I have no background in evangelism, …