Tastes of the Divine

The Rev. Becky McDaniel. This sermon is based on John 4:5-42.  Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well.  A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." I am always comforted by the stories in the gospels that reveal the humanity of Jesus.  Here he is: tired, thirsty, sitting down to rest and engaging in what turns out to be one of the … [Read more...]

New Birth of Love

Maggie Nancarrow. This sermon is based on John 3:1-17. In the name of the One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit—Mother of us all. Amen. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” John 3:16 is perhaps the most famous verse of Christian scripture. How many of you had to memorize this in … [Read more...]

Remembering Mission

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Matthew 4:1-11. After he was baptized in the Jordan by John, Jesus was driven by the Spirit into the wilderness, to be tempted by the Devil. And the Devil came to Jesus and said, “If you are the Son of God…” I think in some ways that one clause, that one word “If,” is the core of the temptations, the most insidious temptation of all. Each … [Read more...]

Get Up And Do Not Be Afraid

The Rev. Canon Connor Gwin. This sermon is based on Exodus 24:12-18 and Matthew 17:1-9.  Peter and James and John saw Jesus transfigured on the mountaintop. But then they had to go back to the valley, back into life and mission, back to take up their cross. How does Jesus come to us, speak to us, touch us and tell us not to be afraid as we follow his mission in our world? … [Read more...]

Choosing Love

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Matthew 5:38-48. The night we got back from Honduras, I had a dream. I dreamed I was preaching a sermon to an Anglo congregation – including some of you, actually – but in a Honduran church. Well, not exactly a church: in the dream it was sort of a three-way combination of the church of Espiritu Santo, the patio of one of our favorite … [Read more...]

The Work Is Over; The Work Begins

Well, today we finished up. The last bits of trim on the walls, the final patching of the missing plaster, the remaining masonry blocks moved from the street to safe storage (well, most of them), the last words with Honduran friends. Because it’s Valentine’s Day, about 3/5 of our party – Margaret, Lorain, Bill, Pete, Brendan, and Steve – went up to the school in San Rafael to make Valentine … [Read more...]

Let the Room Guide You

With only two working days remaining, we are already starting to think about finishing up. While tasks are still in progress, there are some that we are steering toward completion. Painting, for instance, reached its big conclusion today – and mostly because we’d used up all the paint! The church interior is a beautiful sunny yellow. The church façade is an apricot/peach color, with bright … [Read more...]

God Gives the Growth

In our Epistle reading in church today was the thought “One plants, another waters, but God gives the growth.” I know this because I looked the reading up on the English-language Lectionary.net website. I could not have told you that based on the Spanish-language reading in church. I am getting better at reading Spanish, at least in small doses, with common phrases. But hearing Spanish is a … [Read more...]

Looking Two Ways

Not all the Mayan remains in Copan are in the acropolis. That’s where the major temples and plazas and ball court are, to be sure. But there are stelae, stone pillars carved with the images of kings, set in several places in the area. Many are concentrated in a section of the archeological park; many are lost; but a few can be found still standing in the countryside. The archeologists tell us … [Read more...]

The Tired Day

It seemed as though the common theme today was “I’m tired.” Lee and I said that to each other almost as soon as we woke up. Oakley mentioned it before breakfast. None of us were quite so sprightly jumping up into the back of the pickup truck to ride to the church. Whether we were moving block or building walls or painting rooms, everything seemed to go a little slower than yesterday, with more … [Read more...]