Prepare the Way of the Lord

The Rev. Anne Grizzle Today, the second Sunday of Advent, we read from Isaiah 40, and then in Mark 1 the Isaiah words come to reality in the life of John the Baptist:  a voice crying in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord.”  Prepare, prepare, prepare.  We know in these days about preparing.  This is the season when everyone is busy preparing for Christmas.  … [Read more...]

Keep Awake

The Rev. John D. Lane. This sermon is based on Mark 13:35-37. “Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake." My favorite hymn, which we sung here last week, is “King of glory, king of … [Read more...]

Parable of the Talents

The Rev. Canon Mark Furlow … [Read more...]

Confirmation Bias

The Rev. John D. Lane. This sermon is based on Matthew 25:1-2.   [Jesus said,] “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.” The parable of the ten bridesmaids is about readiness. “Be prepared” as the Boy Scouts would say. Preparation begins with the truth. Religious … [Read more...]

All Saints Sunday

The Rev. Roger Bowen   Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of our hearts, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, our strength, and our redeemer. On a warm, grey November day like this one, back in 1969 I was a newly minted, 25 year old, rookie priest sitting on a parishioner’s threadbare sofa in a run down apartment in Wheeling, West Virginia . That was 48 years ago; but I … [Read more...]

Image Given Back

The Rev. Anne Grizzle   I never met my grandfather, Forest Fletcher.  He was a track star at Notre Dame, so good he went on to run in the 1912 Stockholm Olympics.   He became a coach at Washington and Lee University, beloved of students.  But he died when my father was seventeen, after a long debilitating illness.  He was a sort of legendary personality that … [Read more...]

Parables

The Rev. Canon Connor B. Gwin.  “Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables…” If you asked most church-going people, “What makes Jesus’ teaching style unique?” they would respond with “Parables! He teaches in parables.” This enigmatic pedagogical style is a hallmark of Jesus’ teaching ministry. Of course, Jesus was not the first to teach in parables. He is living into a … [Read more...]

Building a Covenant

The Rev. John Lane. This sermon is based on Ezekiel 18:1-3.   It so happens today, October 1, is the exact 10th anniversary of my retirement. I have enjoyed the past 30 years—20 as rector here, and 10 in retirement. God bless Trinity Church and all her members. Thanks be to God for the opportunity our family had in living here, with all three of our kids going all the way through … [Read more...]

Grocery Store

The Rev. Roger Bowen. This sermon is based on Matthew 20:1-16 Let us pray: Disturb us Lord, when we are too well-pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little; when we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us Lord, when with the abundance of the things we posses we have lost our thirst for the water of life. Stir … [Read more...]

Forgiveness Begins with the Great Gift of God

The Rev. Anne Grizzle. This sermon is based on Matthew 18:21-35   I was driving on Interstate 81 Thursday and began to get really mad at the 18 wheeler ahead of me loaded with logs and staying right there in the left lane beside another 18 wheeler in the right lane for miles and miles while all of us who could actually go faster were chomping at the bit to pass.  And I was … [Read more...]