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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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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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