Sunday Sermon

Every once in a while, I have a moment in church where I realize the complete strangeness of whatever we’re doing. I bet you’ve all had moments like that too, or you will soon! I had one of these the other week at our 11:15 service. We sang a song during the...

Sunday Sermon

Gary and I both have an app on our phones that we enjoy playing called Wordscapes – it’s a game of mini crossword puzzles. For each play, you’re given six or seven letters to create words, different combinations of these same six or seven letters. You fill in the...

Sunday Sermon

Friends, it is good to be back with you. You know, I was your Director of Youth Ministries from October 2017-September 2020, which always felt more like ten years to me than three. Now I’ve been gone ten months, and it feels like it really might have been years since...

Feasting on Compassion

One of my favorite things to do as a priest is talk to parishioners about liturgy. And from time to time in these conversations, someone will express their nostalgia for the “old Prayer Book.” And it’s not just the poetry of the Elizabethan English they miss. People...

Which Kingdom Do You Choose?

There’s nothing quite like coming to church on a summer Sunday, gathering in a sacred space in the early morning, and hearing a story about a beheading. Today’s Gospel reading seems to come out of nowhere with its grotesque and tragic tale of the murder of Jesus’...

Spiritual Fireworks

Today is Independence Day (as if I needed to tell you): The 4th of July, the day that the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress in 1776, declaring that the thirteen colonies would no longer be subject to the monarch of Britain; that they...