Waiting with Simeon

Presentation of Jesus at the Temple2 February 2019 Today’s readings are:Malachi 3:1-4Psalm 84Hebrews 2:14-18Luke 2:22-40 Click here to access these readings.             An author friend of mine used to say, “The best part of the story is the one that isn’t told. That’s the part that’s full of possibilities.” And what part of the story […]

Discipleship and Hooks

the Third Sunday after Epiphany26 January 2020 Today’s readings are:Isaiah 9:1-4Psalm 27:1, 5-131 Corinthians 1:10-18Matthew 4:12-23 Click here to access these readings.         I remember hearing today’s gospel reading back when I was in Sunday School as a kid. The call of the disciples, and especially the call of Simon Peter. Here they are casting […]

The Waters of Baptism, the Love of Jesus

The first Sunday of EpiphanyThe Baptism of our Lord12 January 2020 The readings for today are:Isaiah 42:1-9Psalm 29Acts 10:34-43Matthew 3:13-17 Click here to access these readings.         The other day, I was talking to my Evangelical friend about Baptism. Which is kinda appropriate: today we celebrate the Baptism of our Lord, as we read this […]

Be a Blessing

the Second Sunday after Christmas5 January 2020 Today’s readings are:Jeremiah 31:7-14Psalm 84Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19aLuke 2:41-52 Click here to access these readings.         When you travel abroad, you learn how many things you take for granted (and seriously, no joke, when I was writing this sermon last week, I had just written this sentence when, boom, […]

God’s Name

the First Sunday after Christmas26 December 2019 Today’s readings are:Isaiah 61:10-62:3Psalm 147Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7John 1:1-18 Click here to access these readings.         Back when I was interviewing for the job as your priest, someone on the BAC (I think it was Pete, maybe John) asked me, “Do you prefer to be called ‘father’ or ‘reverend’?” […]