The “Crazy” Mysticism of Easter

Readings for Easter Sunday Isaiah 65:17-25 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 Acts 10:34-43 Luke 24:1-12 This sermon was preached at Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka CA on Easter Sunday April 21, 2019. A version of this sermon was published as a commentary at Modern Metanoia, a lectionary-based Gospel commentary.  A Sunday School teacher had just finished telling her students […]

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Easter Vigil Sermon 2019

This sermon was preached at Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka CA at the Easter Vigil Service on April 20, 2019. “This is the night when God brought our fathers, the children of Israel, out of bondage in Egypt, and led them through the Red Sea on dry land. This is the night, when all who believe in […]

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Holy Saturday Sacred Saunter

Readings for Holy Saturday Job 14:1-14 Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16 John 19:38-42 This reflection was shared at Sacred Saunter Outdoor Eucharist on Holy Saturday April 20, 2019 at Sequoia Park in Eureka.  Today is Holy Saturday, the second day of the Paschal Triduum, the day in which Jesus lies dead in the tomb. Yesterday we observed […]

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The Joy of Letting Go (Laetare Sunday)

Readings for the Fourth Sunday in Lent (Laetare Sunday) Joshua 5:9-12 Psalm 32 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 This sermon was preached at Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka CA on March 31, 2019. In 1970, a young graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University named John-Michael visited an Episcopal cathedral in Pittsburgh two weeks before his master’s […]

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The Humility of the Earth

Readings for Saturday in the Third Week of Lent Hosea 6:1-16 Psalm 51:15-20 Luke 18:9-14 This reflection was shared at Sacred Saunter Outdoor Eucharist on Saturday March 30, 2019 at Sequoia Park in Eureka.  Collect of the Day O God, you know us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that […]

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Getting Political with St. Patrick

Readings for the Second Sunday in Lent Genesis 15:1-12,17-18 Philippians 3:17-4:1 Luke 13:31-35 Psalm 27 This sermon was preached at Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka CA on March 17, 2019. This Lenten season has been extra special for me because Ash Wednesday fell on my birthday and because the feast of St. Patrick falls on a Sunday, […]

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Sauntering with St. Patrick

Readings for the Feast Day of St. Patrick Ezekiel 36:33–38 Matthew 28:16–20 Psalm 97:1–2,7–12 This reflection was shared at Sacred Saunter Outdoor Eucharist on Saturday March 16, 2019 at Sequoia Park in Eureka.  Today, our Scripture readings are the readings for the feast day of Ireland’s most beloved saint, Patrick, who actually was not Irish, […]

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Praying with St. Patrick

Readings for the Feast Day of St. Patrick Ezekiel 36:33–38 1 Thessalonians 2:2b–12 Matthew 28:16–20 Psalm 97:1–2,7–12 This sermon was preached in Lewis Hall at Christ Church Eureka in a gathering of the Episcopal Church Women on Wednesday March 13, 2019. Before England was called England, when it was just an island “at the outermost edge of the […]

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