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...]

Sermon from September 3

  The Rt. Rev. Mark Bourlakas, Bishop of South Western Virginia. … [Read more...]

The Good News

The Rev. Canon Connor Gwin. This sermon is based on Matthew 16:13-20. Who do you say that I am? Our Gospel text this morning shows us a scene of Jesus and his disciples fresh from several chapters of argument with the Pharisees and Sadducees. Between last week's reading about the Canaanite woman and today, Jesus and his disciples have continued to travel around Galilee. Jesus has fed the … [Read more...]

God’s love

The Rev. Canon Jonathan F. Harris. This sermon is based on Matthew 15:10-28. Our Commonwealth of Virginia is much in the news right now, and not for the reason we would want.  A week ago yesterday right over Afton Mountain in Charlottesville advocates of white supremacy clashed violently with counter protestors.  One of the advocates of white supremacy killed a counter-protestor … [Read more...]

God in the Quiet

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on 1 Kings 19:9-18.   Sometimes, if you want to hear God speaking to you, you need to shut up first. Sometimes, if you want to know the presence of God, you need to enter a deep quiet to know it. That’s what Elijah learns in his experience of theophany in his cave on Mt Horeb. At this point in Elijah’s life, he is anything but … [Read more...]

The View From The Mountain

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Luke 9:28-36.  “Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray.”  In a little more than a week I begin sabbatical. And part of the sabbatical time Lee and I will spend in Northern Michigan, on the Keweenaw Peninsula, one of my favorite places on earth. And on the Keweenaw there is a hill, called Mt Baldy … [Read more...]

A Little Bit of Difference

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Matthew 13:31-33,44-52. Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.” Sometimes a little bit of difference makes all the difference. I think that is the point Jesus is making about the Reign of God here. It only takes a little bit of yeast to … [Read more...]

When We Cry Abba

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Romans 8:12-25. “When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is the Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.” This is a sermon about prayer. Prayer is one of those things we … [Read more...]

Seeds Everywhere

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Matthew 13:1-9,18-23.    Jesus said, "A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell..." And from that point on, for the rest of the parable, all our attention is riveted to the seeds. Where will they fall? What kind of soil will they get mixed up with? Which seeds will grow and which seeds won't? And the kicker question: … [Read more...]

The Struggle

 The Rev. Roger Bowen. This sermon is based on Romans 7:15-25a. Let us pray: Lord, help us to be the masters of ourselves so that we might be the servants of others. Take our eyes and help us to see more clearly. Take our ears and help us to listen carefully. Take our mouths and you speak through them. Take our hearts and set them on fire with the love of your Son, our Savior, … [Read more...]