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Seeing is Believing

Preached by The Reverend Deacon Walter Ramsey on Sunday, April 3, 2016 (2nd Sunday of Easter)

CHRIST IS RISEN! –

In the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see. This line from the book and movie The Polar Express, a story about believing, speaks so well, I think, about the essence of today’s Gospel.

Seeing is believing – I quote from...

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Stuck on Six

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Sunday, March 27, 2016 (1st Sunday of Easter)

And so we begin another Paschal Season. We proclaim the risen Lord. Death is conquered! The tomb is empty. Evil is trampled underfoot. Rejoice! 

 

But on Monday morning we are going back to our everyday lives and experience life as it is. We are going to experience some stress, frustration, and maybe some anger. We are going to...

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Learning to Swim

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Saturday, March 26, 2016 (The Great Vigil of Easter)

 

 

I didn’t learn to swim until I was 12 years old. Neither of my parents swam and I think I was raised to be afraid of water. My brother once threw me in the pool to sink or swim. That did not help.

 

Then one summer while visiting my cousins on the Reservation I finally learned. We had a nice big lake on our family land. We spent every day...

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Finished.

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Friday, March 25, 2016 (Good Friday 2016)

Good Friday is rife with scandal. 

 

In this passion narrative from St. John, we recognize the distinct hypocrisy of religious institutions. The religious leaders will not enter Pilate’s headquarters as to avoid ritual defilement. Yet, while they’re avoiding ritual impurity, they’re calling for an execution.

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Who Killed Jesus?

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Sunday, February 21, 2016 (The Second Sunday in Lent)

Who killed Jesus? Over the centuries the Church has come up with easy answers to this question. For a long time, the answer was, “his own people” killed him. This has led to the deadly stain of anti-Semitism on the Church and Western Civilization. Now we are more sophisticated. Now we answer something like, “Well, really it was the Roman Government or it was the religious...

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Receive the Ashes and the Forgiveness

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 (Ash Wednesday 2016)

About midway through my life as a priest I made an unexpected discovery about myself. I was praying Evening Prayer alone at home. I believe it was Lent or a Friday so I said the confession. As usual I took a moment of silence to bring to mind what it was that I wanted to confess. It was a sincere effort. As I finished the prayer of absolution it hit me, the Holy Spirit asked me, “Paul,...

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Making Divine

Preached by The Reverend Paul D. Allick on Sunday, February 7, 2016 (Last Sunday after Epiphany)

On our four day trip from Minneapolis to San Francisco, Keith and I saw many sights. From the prairies of Iowa to Oklahoma to New Mexico and Arizona we saw the dignity of God’...

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The Feast of Corpus Christi, the feast of the Body of Christ…

Preached by The Rev’d Dr Lizette Larson-Miller on Thursday, June 4, 2015 (The Feast of Corpus Christi)

I suspect that like other annual celebrations this liturgy carries all sorts of associations with it, and many of us embody a whole jumble of emotions, beliefs, and associations.

For some of us, there is a sinking into a place of belonging, of like-minded people, something like falling back into a deep and expensive comforter that envelops us with a sense of finally being able to simply...

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ANNUNCIATION

Preached by The Rev'd William Rhodes on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 (ANNUNCIATION )

 

Oddly enough, I do not spend every day thinking that I am so very much like the Blessed Virgin Mary. I really don’t. But there is a similarity – one, this night.

 

I cannot ask with Mary’s purity, but I can ask with her devout curiosity, her wonder, her amazement: How can this be?

 

Mary of Nazareth, and I of Phoenix, and...

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What is baptism?

Preached by Fr. Paul Burrows on Sunday, January 12, 2014 (Feast of the Baptism of the Lord)

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Baptism of the Lord

Advent of Christ the King

 

Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights.

 

Isaiah 42:1

 

How appropriate it is to celebrate the baptism of Jesus with a baptism...

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