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The Shadow of Death

Preached by Fr. Paul Allick on Sunday, February 11, 2018 (Last Sunday after Epiphany)

2 Kings 2:1-12; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9

 

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All Things to All People Until the End of Time

Preached by Fr. Paul Allick on Sunday, February 4, 2018 (5th Sunday after Epiphany)

Is. 41:21-31; I Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39

 

Throughout my ordained life I have often received this advice from various parishioners, “Father, you can’t be all things to all people.”

 

I wonder what people are observing that elicits this counsel? For starters, people figure out that I want everyone to like me. I have deep co-...

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A Barrel of Fishes

Preached by Fr. Paul Allick on Sunday, January 21, 2018 (3rd Sunday after Epiphany)

 

Jonah 3:1-5, 10; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20

 

 

Once while interviewing for a Church position, one of the interviewers in a very demanding tone asked, “What I want to know is how you are going to get people here and keep them here.” Her question was accented with great frustration. I think she wanted to know why the Episcopal...

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Meet Me Under the Fig Tree

Preached by Fr. Paul Allick on Sunday, January 14, 2018 (2nd Sunday after the Epiphany)

John 1:45-51

 

How do you really know someone? I’ve found in parish life that people can be in the same congregation for years and not really know each other. Of course, I’ve known so may neighbors in my life in such superficial ways. Yet, I’ve also found through the years that I’ve not known my parents and siblings as well as I thought I did.

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All the Days Around Us

Preached by Fr. Paul Allick on Sunday, December 31, 2017 (1st Sunday during Christmastide)

Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Galatians 3:23-25, 4:4-7 John 1:1-18

 

Each time I hear or read this passage from the Gospel of John, I am reassured. This is John’s way of...

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Truce

Preached by Fr. Paul Allick on Monday, December 25, 2017 (Christmas Day)

Isaiah 52:7-10; Hebrews 1:1-4; John 1:1-4

 

My favorite Christmas story is the Christmas Truce of 1914. It was during WWI somewhere in Belgium, out on the Western Front...

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Judged

Preached by Fr. Paul Allick on Sunday, December 24, 2017 (Christmas Eve)

Isaiah 9:2-7; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14

 

Since the beginning of Advent, way back on December 3rd, this is the message we’ve been hearing:

 

From the prayers: in the last day, Jesus Christ shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead…Give us grace to heed the warnings of the...

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Dismissed

Preached by Fr. Paul Allick on Sunday, December 17, 2017 (Advent III)

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28

 

In this time of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany we hear stories from the Gospels. That is, we don’t hear Jesus teachings we hear stories about how he came into the world and what the Incarnation means.

 

It is easy to not really digest these stories anymore. We’ve heard them so...

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Are You a Little Tyrant?

Preached by Fr. Paul Allick on Sunday, November 26, 2017 (Christ the King Sunday)

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Ephesians 1:15-23, Matthew 25:31-46

 

It seems that the world will never be free of tyrants. As soon as one is vanquished another rises up. Too often desperate people replace one tyrant with another. The tyrants of today just like yesterday are on display in the news. Their brutality and insanity shock and disgust us.

 

Brutal...

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How do we wake up?

Preached by Fr. Paul Allick on Sunday, November 12, 2017 (Proper 27 Yr A)

Amos 5:18-24; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13

 

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