Sermon for Easter II

[The Sermon below turned out to be unexpectedly 'interactive'.  The congregation in Tallahassee was quite small, but included an eight year old who laughed audibly when I mentioned a sheepdog.  He said, 'A sheep dog!'  He and I then discussed the matter:  he thought a 'sheep dog' was part dog and part sheep - an…

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Collect for Easter I

ALMIGHTY Father, who hast given thine only Son to die for our sins and to rise again for our justification; Grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may always serve thee in pureness of living and truth; through the merits of the same thy Son Jesus Christ our…

Palm Sunday sermon 2018

Palm Sunday.  March 25, 2018.  St. Francis’, Gainesville In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen. I think almost any verse of the Passion according to St. Matthew can serve as an entrance into the whole story.  With a little thought we find that almost every detail…

Sermon for Lent IV

Lent IV.  Our Saviour, Florence, SC.  March 11, 2018. Saint John vi, verse 4 - And the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Amen. I don’t know if you’ve noticed it on your own or if a preacher…

Conscience: Definition

‘Conscience’ is a compound word composed of con-, meaning ‘with’, ‘together’, or ‘alongside’ and -science, meaning ‘knowledge’ or ‘knowing’.  The New Testament Greek word translated as ‘conscience’ is a very similar compound:  syneidēsis (συνείδησις ):  the preposition syn- with a form of a verb meaning ‘know’ (a perfect form of ‘see’, eidō, cf. Latin video).…

Early Lent, Food, and the Devil

The traditional calendar and lectionary in Lent and Eastertide frequently seems divisible into groupings of three.  At the center of the 12 weeks in question are two sets of three days, one that ends Lent and one that begins Easter:  Lent ends with the Sacred Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday; Easter…