The First Vow

There is the story of the wise English pastor who, having noticed that one of his parishioners had stopped attending services on Sunday mornings, went to pay him a visit. The old gentleman warmly welcomed the pastor into his home and together the two sat in front of the fire. When the right moment came,…

Ash Wednesday 2012

Vince Lombardi believed the key to success was a solid knowledge of the basics. To this end, when he started with the Green Bay Packers, legend has it, he introduced his player to the football. Coach Lombardi is not the only one who believes in fundamentals.  One of the best and most academically rigorous independent…

We Can Not Stay On Top for Long!

Two years ago, as part of my stay in Israel, I had the opportunity to stand atop Mt. Tabor, the location where today’s gospel passage takes place.  This was literally to be a “high point’ of our day as we began our return from the shores of Galilee to Jerusalem.  We were told, on a…

Where are all the Lepers Today?

At the beginning of Epiphany, we were reminded that epiphany means, revelation, and this season for the church year is all about the revelation of Christ to the world. Our journey of Sunday mornings began with Christ’s Baptism in the Jordan River, we were quickly fast forwarded for a couple of weeks to Jesus calling…

The Dirty Little Secrete

In this morning’s epistle, Paul states,” If I proclaim the gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for an obligation is laid on me, and woe to me if I do not proclaim the gospel! For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own…

Remembering Ann Pierce

This morning we have gathered to do three things: one, to celebrate the life of Ann Pierce, two, to mourn her death, and three, to celebrate our hope in the resurrection of Jesus. I have known Ann for nine years.  For me, Ann always stood out.  I am not sure what it was about her…

State of the Saints Report 2012

January 2012 Dear Friends, Every year when we gather for the Annual Meeting I use this event as a marker of our journey together. This year, for the ninth time, I stand before you as your rector. As we mark this ninth occasion, I am aware of how fortunate we are to have been together…