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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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Crumbling Walls

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Sunday, June 12, 2016 (Proper 6 in Ordinary Time)

2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13-15; Galatians 2:15-21; Luke 7:36-8:3

 

Sometimes we can’t really understand faith until we lose it. It wasn’t until I found myself, years ago, in the grip of a long depression, that I understood that all I have is faith. When all of my self-will, my intellect, and my religious practices dried up, I...

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Here Comes the Kingdom

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Sunday, June 5, 2016 (Proper 5 in Ordinary Time)

1 Kings 17:17-24; Galatians 1:11-24; Luke 7:11-17

 

When we pray that God’s kingdom will come and that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven, what are we asking for? Are we asking to go to heaven? Are we asking for the end of the world?

 

In the gospel according to Luke Jesus says to the disciples...

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In Defense of Mystery

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Sunday, May 22, 2016 (Trinity Sunday)

Trinity Sun

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15

 

Once while I was teaching a confirmation class I had just finished an explanation about what each piece of the liturgy of the Holy Eucharist meant. One young man, whom I knew to be very interested in science, in fact so interested that he treated it as a religion, said to me, “You...

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The Being and the Doing

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Saturday, May 21, 2016 (Trinity Sunday, Saturday Latin Mass)

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15

 

How many times a week are you asked this, “How are you doing?” How many times when you meet someone are you asked “What do you do?” We are very focused on what we do and how we do. We find our value in our doing; a busy calendar can make us...

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