The gospels tell us that Jesus’s ministry consists of three basic things: as Matthew puts it, Jesus travels around “teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness.” Matthew 9:35 The ten lepers, who may have a variety of different skin diseases, understand that where Jesus is the Kingdom of God is and therefore God’s healing becomes possible. When he shows up in their border town these ten shout out hoping to receive from Jesus the merciful healing of the Realm of God he has given to others.
Sermon: Creation Care Sunday–October 6, 2019 William Bradbury
2:18-25, Psalm 148:7-14, Revelation 5:11-14, Matthew 6:25-34
You’re at a dinner party and a stranger asks: “Well, what’s your story?” What do you tell them? Do you tell them about–your job and family configuration? Do you go back to when you were born? Or
do you go back further still to what country your ancestors came from 5
When Rev. Bill asked me to say a few words about
why I give to All Saints, I had to think hard about it, because I wasn’t all
that sure myself. And after I thought
about it, it occurred to me that I was not sure I want to say all my reasons
for giving, and I was REALLY not sure anyone else wants to hear them”.
You know, talking about money is not a comfortable subject already…it’s not
polite, it’s “unseemly”. Dinner table
rules dictate that we don’t discuss politics, religion, sex or money, not
necessarily in that order. Plus, we have
to remember last week’s lesson of Paul’s letter to Timothy, which contains what
I think the most widely MIS-quoted passage in the bible: “the love of money is
the root of all evil“, which is usually quoted as “money is the root of all
evil”. Even Pink Floyd’s song “Money”
mis-quotes this passage. I came to the conclusion that I have my own reasons, and maybe some of them
are similar to yours, but I’ll bet I have some different ones, so here goes…
6:1a,4-7, Psalm 146, 1 Timothy 6:6-19, Luke 16:19-31
This rich man has a problem—he has a life-threatening condition that he isn’t aware of. Every morning he gets up and cleans up. His wife fixes him two eggs over easy, toast, juice, and coffee. He reads the Jerusalem Post and laments the sorry state of politics. He tells the kids to be sure to take in their homework. He pats the dog. Finally, he puts on his suit jacket, kisses his wife, gets into his car, turns on NPR, and as he goes down his winding driveway, pushes the button to open the gate. He takes a right into the street and heads to his office. Living
For several summers my older brother Bob was a canoe instructor at Camp Chattahoochee outside Atlanta, so it made sense when he bought a 13’ Grumman canoe. One beautiful summer day, when I was maybe 16 and Bob was 19, we went canoeing on the Chattahoochee River near our home. We put in and start going with the steady flow of the river. We take the right fork around a small island, but there is an enormous fallen tree blocking our way. No big deal, we’ll just pull up next to it, turn around and head back to the other side.
you didn’t grow up in the Episcopal Church, you may not be aware that there is
a service in our Prayer Book called Holy Eucharist: Rite One, which uses the
liturgy and language from the time of Queen Elizabeth I. It is the only
Communion service in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, so all of us of a certain
age grew up with it and many, like my Father, loved it.
remember hearing a talk by a pastor of a church in Atlanta and someone asked
him, how he had built a church with 2000 members. He said “Well, when I
started, we had 300 hundred members, but after a year I had preached them down
to 12, and with those 12 God built this church.”
Sirach 10:12-18, Psalm
112, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14
“On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely.” This is not the “let’s watch the great man
in order to raise ourselves up into greater faithfulness”, but rather it was “let’s
watch this rebel in order to find a way to take him down.”. Which raises the
question, what is it about Jesus that so threatens the religious leaders?
Jeremiah 23:23-29, Psalm 82, Hebrews 11:29-12:2, Luke 12:49-56
Jesus is right: We know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, even without a weather app on our phones. We say, “Red sky at morning, sailors take warning; Red sky at night, sailors delight”. But Jesus is also right when he says, “You hypocrites…why do you not know how to interpret the present time?” Continue reading →