Sermon for the Day of Pentecost

Pentecost (slider)

Acts 2:1-21  |  Psalm 104: 25-35,37  |  Romans 8:22-27  |  John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 Before his suffering and death, Jesus gathered his disciples together and transformed a Jewish festal meal into the sacrament of holy communion. In that room he also taught them to be his friends by washing their feet. So it was that after […]

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

The Sermon on the Mount
Carl Bloch, 1890

Acts 8:26-40  |  Psalm 22:24-30  |  1 John 4:7-21  |  John 15:1-8 Despite Jesus’ admonition n the Sermon on the Mount to be perfect as our heavenly father is perfect, we live somewhere south of perfection. At least, I hope you join me there! Despite John’s message in today’s epistle, that perfect love casts out […]

Sermon for Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Jerusalem Cross (Home Slider)

Guilt has been used for so long as a whipping stick to scare people into faith that the blessing of guilt has been lost. Guilt has been considered to be a psychological dark hole used as a way of avoiding treatment for depression for so long that its blessedness has been lost. Can anything good […]

Sermon for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost


Genesis 32:22-31, Psalm 17: 1-7, 16, Romans 9:1-5, Matthew 14:13-21 Jacob wrestled with an angel on his homeward journey. The enemy Jacob encountered turned out to be God’s messenger, one who blesses. Limping after the wrestling match, Jacob was finally ready to be reconciled with his brother, Esau. When we wrestle like Jacob, God transforms […]

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Jacobs Ladder (slider)

Genesis 28:10-19a  |  Psalm 139: 1-11, 22-23  |  Romans 8:12-25  |  Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Jacob was running away because his brother, Esau, had threatened to kill him. In running away, Jacob had abandoned his inheritance. He was heading back to Uncle Laban and the family clan, to the territory the family lived in before his […]

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Rev Gwen (slider)

We moved from Boston to Carmel about two years ago, and were so excited about living here. John had been called to be the interim minister of the local Unitarian Universalist Church and I was recovering from two cancer surgeries. Father Rick was most welcoming and agreed that it would be wise for me to […]

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Front Church (slider)

The Declaration of Independence still inspires us, because it articulates the vision for these United States of America. Likewise, the Constitution entrenches our core values and life goals. In these two documents we inherit the dream of the founding generation. Each subsequent generation has advanced that same dream along different fronts. Fifty years ago a […]

Sermon for the Third Sunday after Pentecost

Book of Common Prayer (slider)

Genesis 22:1-14  |  Psalm 13  |  Romans 6:12-23  |  Matthew 10:40-42 Soon after my family had moved to Manhattan from Dallas, John and I had the opportunity to take part in a trip to Israel. It was designed for Christian leaders to experience first-hand the many faces of the country, facets/aspects, both historical and modern. […]

Sermon for the Second Sunday after Pentecost

Haga Expelled (slider)

Genesis 21:8-21  |  Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17  |  Romans 6:1b-11  |  Matthew 10:24-39 Today we hear the story of Ishmael and Isaac, the two half-brothers. When I lived in a society in which some men married multiple wives, siblings introduced each other this way: “Same father, same mother,” or “Same father, different mother.” Isaac and Ishmael […]

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

Chaplains (slider)

Acts 17:22-3  |  Psalm 66:7-18  |  1 Peter 3:13-22  |  John 14:15-21   Earlier this week a clergy friend commented on how difficult it is to understand John’s Gospel. We hear that difficulty today, as Jesus prepares his disciples for his departure by telling them, “In a little while the world will no longer see me, […]