Love Is Greater Than We Think

This morning’s Gospel takes place soon after Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The Sadducees and the Pharisees question Jesus one last time with the Pharisees again attempting to trip him up. As the great lawyers of their day, the Pharisees try to stump Jesus with a question on the Law. “Which law,” they ask, “is…

More Valuable than Gold

There are two types of people, those who see the glass as half empty and those who see the glass as half full. St. Paul was one who saw the glass half full. In this morning’s reading from his letter to the Philippians, St. Paul extorts his reader to “Rejoice in the Lord always.” Powerful…

They will know we are Christian by our Love.

During the sixties and seventies, you could be assured, at any of the “new” contemporary guitar masses, you would eventually be singing, “They will know we are Christians by our love, by our love, yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love by our love.” According to this morning’s reading from Romans, if St….

The Only Thing You Just Cannot Earn!

Several years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a young man named Andrew. At the time of our meeting Andrew was just beginning his freshman year in high school. Like everyone who has ever met Andrew, I was immediately struck by his outgoing nature, his warm smile, his accepting nature and the joy he…

God knows Us Better Than We Think

Growing up, my best friend was Scott Thompson. I’m not sure how or when we met, but I do remember he lived around the block from our house in Irving, Texas. For at least three years, Scott and I were best buddies. We were together most days after school. During the summer, I spent many…

You Are Mine!

How many of us are familiar with the encounter game, Who Are You? The rules are simple, a partner asks you over and over again “who are you?” and you have to come up with a new and different answer every time. Who are you? I am Craig Swan. Who are you? I am a…

Abide? In Christ’s Love.

There are four periods within our three year lectionary cycle that I find difficult to preach each week.  This is three of them. Every year, for the last three Sunday’s of the Easter Season, our Gospel focuses on Christ’s final words or discourse to the disciples.  While the final discourse is quite lengthy, the topic…

Be the Love of Christ

On the Monday after Easter, I had the privilege of presiding at Harriet Provost’s funeral.  When her daughter Cherie and I met to plan the service, we knew it would be small, because at 92 we knew there were not a lot of friends left to grieve her passing. Cherie also knew no one in…

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

On December 10th, Maureen’s family welcomed John Edward Winters IV into the world. At just over six pounds, Ward, as he will be known, is quickly becoming the most photographed and media savvy child in Kentucky. Ward is greatly loved and a total wonder to his parents and grandparents. Each day, his parents post a…

Opportunity or Crisis?

For the past few years the issue of illegal aliens crossing into this country basically. . .has been a non-issue for us in Central New York. We don’t have the ongoing influx of people illegally crossing into this country from Canada as do our brothers and sisters who live on the southern border where thousands…

God’s Grace, Amazing, isn’t It.

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 throw the first stone. As the story goes, it did not take long for the crowd to leave as no one but Jesus…

A Way Home

the following is the homily presented by Sam Leitermann on May 19th Been in the Storm so long, I’m singing, been in the storm so long, I’m singing, woah-oh-oh lord. Give me some time to pray.” I have a confession to make, and it’s that I completely rewrote this sermon on Saturday morning. I had…