Sermons

August 18, 2019    Proper 15C         This Gospel reading makes me want to go hide under my bed until next week.       These are harsh, scary, and prophetic words from Jesus.       He is not predicting what is going …

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August 5, 2019    Proper 13C         My favorite line in Scriptures is in next Sunday’s gospel. Jesus says, “Fear not, little flock, it is your Father’s good will to give you the kingdom.”       I hope that you will …

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July 13 & 14, 2019    Proper 10C         “And who is my neighbor?”       This story we call “the Good Samaritan” is one of Jesus’ most familiar and enduring parables.       If by some chance you have never heard …

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July 7, 2019    Proper 9, C         “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” So says Blanche DuBois in Tennessee William’s play, “A Streetcar Named Desire.”       Once I was driving on Cape Cod, far from New …

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June 15 & 16, 2019    Trinity Sunday, C (I regret that I am unable to add a picture of the icon. It is readily available on line and might help in understanding this sermon.)  An icon is not just the …

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June 23, 2019    Proper 7, C         Three years ago I started my sermon by saying that a friend didn’t want to be a priest because she didn’t want to have to preach every week.       Sometimes it is …

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Pentecost Sunday The Chapel of St. John the Divine Saunderstown, Rhode Island by the Rt. Rev. Hays Rockwell June 9, 2019 Scripture text: Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11; John 20:19-23. I’m trembling a little, standing up here, getting ready to …

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June 1 & 2, 2019   Feast of the Ascension         The church calendar is an interesting thing. On Thursday we had Ascension Day—always a Thursday because always 40 days after Easter Day.       Then Friday, on the calendar, was …

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May 26, 2019    6 Easter, C         Several decades ago I was on the search committee for a rector. We went to hear a candidate preach—a nice trip to Grace Church, Vineyard Haven! He started his sermon by saying …

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May 18 & 19,2019    5 Easter, C   “What God has made clean, you must not call profane.”       Imagine how Peter felt hearing those words!            At first they seemed to be about food, but then he realized …

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