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Will We Ever Get a Witness?

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Sunday, June 18, 2017 (Proper 6 A in Ordinary Time )


Exodus 19:2-8a; Romans 5:1-8; Matt. 9:35-10:8



Several years ago, I watched with great interest, a two night PBS documentary on the history of the Mormons. I remember at the time sitting at lunch with a group of Episcopalians. Some had been watching it others had not. It didn’t matter. Everyone had a lot to say about those Mormons.


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Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Sunday, June 11, 2017 (Trinity Sunday)

Trinity Sunday 2008: What?

Genesis 1:1-2:4a; 2 Corinth 13:11-13; Matt. 28:16-20

The Reverend Paul D. Allick, Church of the Advent, June 11, 2017


As we contemplate the Holy Trinity this morning, I’d like to share with you this passage from a deuterocanonical source. Some think it may have been redacted from later transcripts of Matthew....

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Through the Glass Doors

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Sunday, May 21, 2017 (6th Sunday of Easter)


Acts 17:22-3; 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21



We all have faith in something. Each morning I have faith that my alarm will go off and that the electricity will work and the water will run. I have faith the sun will rise and set each day. I have a strange kind of faith that each morning at about 5 a.m. I will awake to a cat politely staring at me...

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Who do I say that I am?

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Sunday, May 7, 2017 (4th Sunday of Easter)

John 10:1-10


Once in college I was visiting a tiny Episcopal congregation. After liturgy they were to meet with the Canon to the Ordinary to discuss their search for a part-time vicar. I was invited to stay. The Canon asked them to describe the kind of priest they were looking for. When they had finished their quite lengthy description...

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A Fantastic Truth not a Comfortable Notion

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Saturday, April 15, 2017 (The Great Vigil of Easter)

The salvation story we just encountered is implausible, weird, wonderful and stunning. Despite how Easter will be celebrated culturally tomorrow morning with Easter egg hunts and new spring outfits, tonight we encounter a fantastic truth that rattles us to the core with awe and joy.



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God has Died

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Friday, April 14, 2017 (Good Friday 2017)

John 18:1-19:37


In my college dorm room I had some paper on the wall for people to write on. One day a clever friend of mine wrote, “Nietzsche is dead” (signed) God.


I had no idea who Nietzsche was. My friend told me that Nietzsche was the philosopher who had said, “God is dead.” Coming from...

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Do you Believe in the Son of Man?

Preached by The Reverend G. Alex Martin on Sunday, March 26, 2017 (4th Sunday of Lent)



  “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” And of course, Jesus answers, “Neither…he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.” Jesus wastes no time in disposing of the very ancient idea that illness, or any misfortune, is punishment for misdeeds, our own or our ancestors...

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Just Give us the Water

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Sunday, March 19, 2017 (3rd Sunday in Lent)

Jesus is thirsty and tired. He sits down at the well to rest. He could have just gotten himself some water. Instead he enters into a long conversation with a Samaritan woman. Why not just get the water and move on? Why string out this encounter?


Likewise in the story from the Exodus: Why does God lead the people out of slavery only to...

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You have to be Perfect to be Loved

Preached by Father Paul Allick on Sunday, February 19, 2017 (7th Sunday after Epiphany)

Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Matthew 5:38-48


Over the past few weeks our Gospel readings have been taken from the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus is interpreting the Law given to Moses on another Mount. Today Jesus sums it up this way: “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” For some of us this will be easy since we are...

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Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Preached by The Reverend G. Alex Martin on Sunday, January 8, 2017 ()

    “But Jesus answered him, ‘Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.’” Matthew 3:15.


    We have a very short Gospel reading today, that even in its brevity includes themes that could take a long time to unpack. But I promise to be brief (since we have a long...

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