If you want to really know a person, you’ve got to spend time with them – and look beyond the surface. In late summer of 1988, I was sent by the Bishop of New Jersey to serve a parish as a Deacon in Atlanta, Georgia. I moved to Atlanta knowing not one soul. So, one of my personal goals upon arriving was to make...

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 31 Jesus put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32 it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests...

Sermon Proper 9A 2017 Gospel of Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Jesus said to the crowd, “To what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, you did not mourn.’ For John came neither eating nor...

From the Book of Genesis 22:1-18 22After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”  2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.” 3 So...

Gospel of Matthew 10:24-39 24“A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; 25it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household! 26“So have no fear of...

Proper 6A Matthew 9:35-10:8 Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd....

Gospel: St. Matthew 28:16-20 The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,...

TODAY is PENTECOST. We celebrate the gift of God’s Holy Spirit. In our scripture readings for today, we heard how this Holy Spirit of God creates and renews the face of the earth. We listened as Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit upon his disciples on that Resurrection Sunday. And, we are encouraged by the gumption given...

{NOTE: From this point forward, sermons will be offered in a notes format, rather than word for word. This is Fr. John’s preferred way to preach. By fall, we hope to have video posts of the sermons.}   May 28, 2017 EASTER 7A Gospel of John 17:1-11 After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said,...

John 14:15-21 Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he...