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...]

Returning to Dust

Sermon from Ash Wednesday 2017 The Rev. Becky McDaniel. This sermon is based on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21.  Whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. A couple of weeks ago I listened online to an unusual sermon. It was unusual because it was preached by the journalist David Brooks. … [Read more...]

Off and Away

Later today Lee and I will drive up to the DC environs, where we'll spend the night before boarding a very early flight to Atlanta – the first leg of our trip to Copan, Honduras for Trinity Church's 2017 adult mission trip. From Atlanta we fly to San Pedro Sula; and from there it's a bus ride that gets longer each year, as each year the roads get worse, into the mountains to Copan. It makes for a … [Read more...]

Presiding Bishop Address the Church on July 8

In the aftermath of the shootings of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, and police in Dallas, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has released to the Episcopal Church a message and a call to prayer. You may view Bishop Curry's video at this link: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/racial-reconciliation While it is tempting to make pronouncements, to issue statements, to assign blame, to suggest … [Read more...]

The Most Important Thing

The Rev. Paul Nancarrow. This sermon is based on Luke 9:51-62. Well, it's good to be back! Lee and I had a great vacation, visiting national parks in Utah, and I'm still aglow with certain sense of accomplishment from completing my bicycle tour. On Day 4 of the tour we had the longest ride of all: 86 miles from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park. Most of that trip was … [Read more...]

A Very Slow Sermon

by Molly Diment and Nora Oechslin. This sermon is based on Acts 2:1-21 and John 14:8-17, (25-27). Good Morning. I’m Molly Diment, and I’m Nora Oechslin, and we’re both very honored to have been asked to speak today at Youth Sunday. To get started, we’d like to share a few things many of you probably already know about us along with some things most of you probably didn’t know. You … [Read more...]

Presiding Bishop’s Easter Message

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry shares this Easter message with the church: … [Read more...]

House of Bishops Issues “Word to the Church”

The House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church, meeting this week in Camp Allen, Texas, has issued a "Word to the Church." They call upon the whole Church to be mindful of the common good in this political season. “We reject the idolatrous notion that we can ensure the safety of some by sacrificing the hopes of others.” You may read the entire text of the Bishops' statement at this … [Read more...]

Presiding Bishop’s Lent Message

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has released a video message for Lent. … [Read more...]

I Wanted a Better God

The Rev. John Lane. This sermon is based on Jeremiah 1:4. Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” This past week, Novel Theology participants discussed Istanbul: Memories and the City by Turkish Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk. Except for a couple of … [Read more...]