Transforming Hard Hearts into Soft Hearts

“And he took them up in his arms, laid his hand on them, and blessed them.” I speak to you in the name of one God: Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit. Amen. “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” […]Read more “Transforming Hard Hearts into Soft Hearts”

The Way Forward Requires Remembering the Wisdom of the Past

I speak to you in the name of one God, Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit. Amen + The way forward requires remembering the wisdom of the past…the way forward requires remembering the wisdom of the past. This summer, I was gifted a journaling companion entitled “The Next Right Thing,” by author Emily P. Freeman. It […]Read more “The Way Forward Requires Remembering the Wisdom of the Past”

Exercising the Muscle of Faith

Sermon Preached at All Saints’ Chicago (virtually and in person) on Sunday, June 13, 2021. 3rd Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 6): Mark 4:26-34 I speak to you in the name of one God, Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit. Amen + I’ve recently started watching a new PBS series called “Human: The World Within.” It is […]Read more “Exercising the Muscle of Faith”

All are Welcome, because All Belong

I speak to you in the name of one God, Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit. Amen + “All are welcome, because all belong…All are welcome, because all belong” For decades, the Episcopal Church has used the slogan “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You.” You can find this slogan on almost every Episcopal church street sign with […]Read more “All are Welcome, because All Belong”

The God of Surprises

I speak to you in the name of one God, Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit. Amen + From today’s Gospel, “While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering.” People experience surprises in different ways. Some people love surprises…they love the anticipation of knowing something is about to happen but not exactly what that […]Read more “The God of Surprises”

Transformation Begins in the Darkness

I speak to you in the name of one God, Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit. Amen + Alleluia, Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!  It is so right that we proclaim and shout this message from the mountain tops this morning, because friends, we need Easter more this year than ever before…I […]Read more “Transformation Begins in the Darkness”

Continue to Covenant- The Story is far from Over

I speak to you in the name of one God, Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit. Amen + From our Genesis passage this morning, “When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham. As for Sarai your […]Read more “Continue to Covenant- The Story is far from Over”

Asking for the Holy Spirit’s Help

My friends and fellow classmates from seminary have an ongoing text chain titled, “things they didn’t teach us in seminary.” During the pandemic, the number of entries, as you can imagine, has drastically increased with things like “becoming a Zoom expert, videographer, and sound editor,” but it was today’s gospel lesson, where we hear of […]Read more “Asking for the Holy Spirit’s Help”

The Perfect Light is Always Here

From the Epiphany Hymn: “Star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright; westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light!” I speak to you in the name of One God, Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit. Amen + I remember what I was doing when I first heard about the Christmas […]Read more “The Perfect Light is Always Here”

Don’t Bury Your Gifts…Use Them!

I speak to you in the name of One God, Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit. Amen When was the last time you trusted someone with something you consider to be priceless? Something or someone that you love and means more to you than anything else in the world? Since COVID has basically cancelled all plans […]Read more “Don’t Bury Your Gifts…Use Them!”

September 27, 2020

Dear Friends, This coming Sunday, and two Sundays after that (October 4), we will be celebrating two of the All Saints’ “high holy days”—the Backpack Blessing and the Pet Blessing. You may be asking, “but how is this possible if we aren’t all together, in person? It won’t be the same without having someone throwing […]Read more “September 27, 2020”

September 20, 2020

Dear Friends,  This coming Sunday, and two Sundays after that (October 4), we will be celebrating two of the All Saints’ “high holy days”—the Backpack Blessing and the Pet Blessing. You may be asking, “but how is this possible if we aren’t all together, in person? It won’t be the same without having someone throwing […]Read more “September 20, 2020”