We can’t make it alone

We are all familiar with the story of the woman about to be stoned. When Jesus came upon the scene, he stopped the process then commanded only one who had never sinned could throw the first stone. As the story goes, it did not take long for the crowd to leave as no one but…

If He Can Do It, So Can We

In Madeline L’engles book, Penguins and Golden Calfs, Icons and Idols In Antarctica and other Spiritual Places, Ms. L’engle defines an icon as that through which we see God and an idol as that which blocks our view of God. As I have prepared for this morning’s celebration of our patronal saint, I have found…

Don’t Look Up. . .Look Out

I once heard the difference between a historian and a Christian is that the historian looks for Jesus of Nazareth the man who lived and died nearly two millennia ago, and Christian looks for the Christ who continues to live among us. This is why the resurrection accounts of the Gospels and the account of…

What Are You Looking For?

I find this morning’s passage from John’s Gospel a bit odd. As we all heard, our passage began with John the Baptist seeing Jesus soon after Jesus’ baptism and then proclaiming to all who could hear him that Jesus is the Lamb of God. He then witnesses to what he experienced at the River Jordan….

What will God Praise Us For?

One of the unofficial traditions of the West Genesee School system is the Senior Prank. It is an unofficial tradition, because it is not sanctioned by the administration. It is, however, a tradition among the students to devise some sort of elaborate prank on the last day of classes which will allow the individual to…

TheTougher Side of Christ

From the day I announced my intention to be ordained, my father would always use his image of Jesus against me whenever he felt I was being uncharitable. His image of Christ was the same one many of us hold near and dear in our hearts. It is the one synonymous with the image of…

St. Peter the Impestuous

I am slightly at a loss for words. As we celebrate our patron saint, Peter in this location but a few block from the Atlantic, and as I admire Bev Clark’s sea faring motif for this morning’s altar decorations, I feel somehow this homily should somehow wax on about the virtues of fishing, sailing and/or…

Saying Yes to the Impossible

My favorite piece of music is the Quest, more popularly known as the Impossible Dream from the musical, Man of La Mancha. Don Quixote sings it to Dulcinea while locked in a Spanish prison during the Inquisition. The words are moving and powerful, especially when sung in the context of a man whose life was…

What is Truth?

This morning we are faced with what appears to be two conflicting truths when Pilot asks Jesus if he is the King of the Jews. To this Jesus answers in a bit of a riddle, neither admitting nor denying the allegation and then hinting at a royal reality that is beyond the realm of the…

Dream It Into Reality

This morning I want to invite all of us to do something we, as Episcopalians, are not always comfortable with. I want us to take a moment to let go of the rational, to let go of the empirical and the scientific, and to delve into what Ellen Davis refers to as the religious imagination….

Apostle vs. Disciple

Throughout my years with the church, it seems the primary goal of Adult Formation was to create disciples of each member of the congregation. Truth be told, it really is a silly goal. A disciple is one who is a follower or student. The original twelve disciples, were the initial students of whom many perceived…

State of The Saints 2015

January 25, 2015 Dear Friends, The popular Chinese symbol of Ying and Yang represents crisis and opportunity. It tells the world crisis and opportunity are both tightly linked and dependent on each other. In western culture we are told necessity is the root of all invention. Both remind us that within every organization there needs…