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Dependent on God

Preached by Brother Jude Hill on Sunday, September 18, 2016 (Proper 20 Yr C in Ordinary Time)

The Gospel we have just heard from Saint Luke’s Gospel is one of those confusing stories we are confronted with in our Christian scriptures, it could quite easily be an advert for a political campaign!  Here we see Jesus, our leader, our inspiration and our guide seemingly encouraging dishonesty! 

 

When we sit and read...

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What is One Life Worth?

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Sunday, September 11, 2016 (Proper 19 C in Ordinary Time)

Exodus 32:7-14; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10

 

 

What is one life worth? Looking at how we humans live together on this earth, life does not seem to matter much. As we gather on this 15th Anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, as we survey the war and continuing terror attacks that have followed, as...

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What's in a Name

Preached by The Reverend Deacon Walter Ramsey on Sunday, August 21, 2016 (Proper 16 in Ordinary Time)

 

I have a confession to make: I am terrible with names. I mean, it has taken me almost a year to learn the names of most of the members of our Church family, and still from time to time one will escape me. Please forgive me if I get your name wrong.

Now I could quote Shakespeare, and ask, “What's in a name?” but where would that leave me?...

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Sleeping or Assuming

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Monday, August 15, 2016 (Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)

The Feast we observe today is called by different names. In the Book of Common Prayer it is, “The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ.” In the Eastern Church and other parts of the Anglican Communion it is called, “The Falling Asleep of the Blessed Virgin Mary” or the “Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary.” In...

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In the Blessed Steps

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Sunday, August 14, 2016 (Proper 15 C in Ordinary Time)

Jeremiah 23:23-29; Hebrews 11:29-12:2; Luke 12:49-56

 

Today we prayed that we would be given grace to follow daily in the blessed steps of Christ’s most holy life.

 

One of the ways we learn to walk in his blessed steps is to reflect on the lives of the Saints on the Church calendar. These brothers and sisters...

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Change or Transformation

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Saturday, August 6, 2016 (The Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ)

The Transfiguration of Our Lord makes me ponder the difference between change and transformation. Change implies an alteration, a modification, a different position. Transformation implies a change in composition or structure or character. Transformation takes change a step further.

 

In politics and in the institutional Church, we hear...

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God is Listening

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Sunday, July 24, 2016 (Proper 12 in Ordinary Time)

Gen 18:20-32; Lk 11:1-13

 

As I travelled around California this past week I came again to the conclusion I always do when I travel: God blows my mind. All the fascinating landscapes he created; all the waters, mountains and flat plains. I marvel at all of the animals flying, rummaging and running. I am curious about all of the wonderful...

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Stop Going to Church

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Sunday, July 3, 2016 (Proper 9 in Ordinary Time)

Isaiah 66:10-14; Galatians 6:7-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

 

This past May, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry addressed a conference of the Global Episcopal Mission Network. He described what mission looks like today, “This mission moment has less in common with the church of the 1950s, or the church of the high Middle Ages or the church...

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Set Your Face

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Sunday, June 26, 2016 (Proper 8 Ordinary Time)

1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21; Galatians 5:1, 13-25; Luke 9:51-62

 

Recently Deacon Walter sent me some hymns he thought we might use at the Mass at the Episcopal Sanctuary, the homeless shelter we serve each Sunday. Among those hymns was one I hadn’t thought of in years, “I have decided to follow Jesus.” We used to sing that...

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Bound Together

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 (Requiem for those Murdered in Orlando, FL on June 12 2016)

In the Catholic tradition we pray for the dead. We pray for those who have publically chosen to follow God and for those whose faith is known to God alone.

 

The catechism tells us that we pray for the dead because we still hold them in our love, and because we trust that in God’s presence those who have chosen to serve him will...

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