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Jesus!

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Sunday, January 1, 2017 (Holy Name)

Numbers 6:22-27; Luke 2:15-21

 

Years ago I was haunted. I was serving in a parish where I discovered that a former rector had been dabbling in voodoo and exhibiting inappropriate behavior. Some kind of nastiness started following me around. I incensed the building and prayed. It followed me home. I hired a Spiritual Director to be told...

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Lighten Up

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Saturday, December 24, 2016 (Christmas Eve)

Isaiah 9:2-17; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-18

 

For the past several years my typical Christmas Eve sermon has been about putting religion back into this Holy Day that has become ambiguous winter Holiday. Typically I would point out how Santa and Rudolph have superseded the importance of Our Savior. I also enjoy pointing out that only two...

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Dreams Come True

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Sunday, December 18, 2016 (4 Advent 2016)

 

Isaiah 7:10-16; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25

 

The nativity stories have been so sentimentalized I wonder if we can still hear them? Even Crèches with Shepherds and Wise men have conflated the stories from Luke and Matthew into sort of a Fairy Tale for children.

 

Of the four Gospels only Matthew and Luke give...

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What if it's All True?

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Sunday, December 4, 2016 (Second Sunday of Advent Yr. A)

Isaiah 11:1-10; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12

 

What if this it’s all true? What if everything in human history has been leading up to this point? What if God really does have a plan and we are a vital part of it? What if the collect is true: God sent his messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our...

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Pilgrims

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Sunday, November 27, 2016 (First Sunday of Advent)

Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44

 

On a certain Sunday morning a wife goes to wake her husband for Church. He resists, “Ah, I just want to stay in bed today. I never get to sleep in.” She encourages him, “Come on, once you get up you’ll be glad you did.” He protests, “But I...

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The What and the Why

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Thursday, November 24, 2016 (Thanksgiving Day)

John 6:25-35

 

On this Thanksgiving Morning I am remembering a Christmas story. It is the parable of the adult daughter learning from her mother how to cook the Christmas Ham. As usual Mom started by cutting off thick slices on each end of the ham. The daughter asks, “Why do you always do that?” Mom answers, “I learned...

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In these Last Days

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Sunday, November 13, 2016 (Proper 28 C in Ordinary Time)

Malachi 4:1-2a; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-19

 

Robin Williams once said, “I only ever play Vegas one night at a time. It's a hideous, gaudy place; it may not be the end of the world per se, but you can certainly see it from there.” (brainyqoutes.com)

 

Many of us were...

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We are not all the Same

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 (All Saints)

Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18; Ephesians 1:11-23; Luke 6:20-31

 

In recent times All Saints Day and All Souls Day have become more and more conflated. That is, since renewing our understanding of the import of the ministry of all baptized persons, the term saint has become liberalized. This is a good thing. We each need to understand that in our...

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Exceed

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Sunday, October 30, 2016 (Proper 26 C in Ordinary Time)

The Gospel we heard today is proclaimed each year in the Eastern Church the Sunday before the start of Lent. It is called Zacchaeus Sunday. The story of Zacchaeus is highlighted because it is s an illustration of how repentance works.

 

To repent is to practice humility and remember our small stature before the Lord. Repentance is about...

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The Chasm(s)

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Sunday, September 25, 2016 (Proper 21 C in Ordinary Time)

Amos 6:1a, 4-7; I Timothy6:6-19; Luke 16:19-31

 

In 2015 Americans gave an estimated 373 billion dollars in charitable donations. Charitable giving hit an all-time record for the second year in a row. Seventy-one percent of it was given by individuals. The rest was from foundations and corporations.

 

Over the past...

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