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Sermon–Two Pictures in One: Passion Sunday 2019


Palm Sunday–April 14, 2019

William Bradbury

Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 31:9-16, Philippians 2:5-11, Luke 22:14-23:56

Remember that picture from psychology class that at first glance is a vase; but then with some prodding from others, our vision shifts and the vase turns into a picture of two people facing each other? I want to suggest that Jesus on the cross provides a similar dual picture.  Continue reading

Music for Holy Week and Easter

Music this week begins with all choirs at the Maundy Thursday service. The bells will play a piece based on the chorale, “Ah, holy Jesus,” and the Parish Choir’s anthem is also based on this tune. The youth choirs will sing a Spanish footwashing song – “Pan de vida,” and will join the Parish Choir in a Hebrew piece, “Hashivenu.” Good Friday at noon in the chapel has several hymns and reflective organ music. The evening Good Friday service is a contemplative version of the Stations of the Cross, and music will be provided by Abby Warren. The Great Vigil of Easter begins simply in the Parish Hall, but ends in a large way with the first celebration of Easter in the sanctuary. Easter morning’s 9 and 11a.m. service feature handbells, a brass quartet with timpani, and music by all choirs. Our tradition for many years has been to end the service with the “Hallelujah Chorus,” with the congregation’s participation.

Sermon–Mud Pies or a Trip to the Sea?–April 7, 2019


Lent 5—C, April 7, 2019

William Bradbury

Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126, Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8

So I finally made the decision to attend my 50th high school reunion in Atlanta the weekend after Easter. I attended Westminster School for Boys, the Girls school was up the hill at that time, and we had about 75 guys in the graduating class. My older brother Bob didn’t go to his 50th reunion there, because one of his friends who went to the 40th reunion said everyone just talked about all the money they had made. Bob taught Latin for 30 years in an Episcopal school in Fort Worth so he wasn’t going to be part of that conversation. I certainly wouldn’t last long in such a conversation either, so if that starts to happen I’ll go back to my sister’s.  Continue reading

Sermon–The Truth We’re Missing? March 31, 2019

(NOTE:  Due to technical problems, we were unable to record this sermon)  


Lent 4-Year C–March 31, 2019

William Bradbury

Joshua 5:9-12, Psalm 32, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

“There was a man who had two sons.” Through the centuries we’ve disregarded this opening line by naming the parable after only one son, the Prodigal Son. As if the older brother and the father only play supporting roles.   Continue reading

Sermon–Download Jesus? March 24, 2019


Lent 3—Year C–March 24, 2019

William Bradbury

Exodus 3:1-15, Psalm 63:1-8, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, Luke 13:1-9

Interesting sentence Paul gives us today: “Do not become idolaters as some of them did; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and they rose up to play.” Paul is quoting Exodus 32 verse 6 which describes the scene in which the children of Israel, panicking over Moses’ delay on Mt Sinai with a god they can’t see, get Aaron to make a golden calf from their jewelry so they can worship themselves and party—think Mardi Gras in New Orleans! Continue reading

Sermon–Where is my Citizenship? March 17, 2019


2 Lent—Year C/ March 17, 2019

William Bradbury

Genesis 15:1-12,17-18, Psalm 27, Philippians 3:17-4:1, Luke 13:31-35

Today we overhear Paul speaking to the church in Philippi, which is in Northern Greece. About hundred years before Paul writes his letter, in 42 BC, after the death of Julius Caesar, there is a Roman civil war in which generals Mark Antony and Octavian, later to be Augustus Caesar, win a decisive battle in Philippi. After the great victory there is no more fighting to be done so the soldiers are let off from their service, but there’s a problem. If they all return to Rome they will overwhelm the city, so Philippi is made into a Roman colony and the soldiers are given land in and around it. Continue reading

Sermon–I’m really dust?!? March 10, 2019


Lent 1–March 10, 2019

William Bradbury

Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16, Romans 10:8b-13, Luke 4:1-13

“Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” We heard these words pronounced over us as a cross of ash was put on our foreheads. “Remember that you are dust”: This bears some thinking about. I remember years ago wondering why we had so much dust in our house in North Carolina and I learned that some of that dust I’m wiping off the furniture is from my skin. We’re so full of dust we’re constantly shedding the stuff. Continue reading

Calling all seasonal singers!

Do you like to sing, but aren’t available to make a full time commitment to the Parish Choir? We’d love to have you join us for Easter, 4/21, at the 9 and 11a.m. services. Rehearsals are 3/28, 4/4, 4/11 from 7:45-8:30 and 4/20 from 1-2:30pm. Please let Minister of Music, know if you are interested, and music will be waiting for you!

Sermon–God in the Clouds?–March 3, 2019


Last Epiphany–March 3, 2019

William Bradbury

Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99, 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2, Luke 9:28-36, [37-43a]

Growing up in Atlanta we occasionally had snow, and every few years we’d have a big snow, but it was not until my late 20s that I experienced a whiteout. We were driving in the mountains of Colorado at the end of December and the storm came up and everything disappeared: the mountains in the distance, the blue sky, and the spruce and aspen vanished, and worst of all, all signs ON the road and then all signs OF the road disappeared. You all know what this is like. We were flooded by a sea of white light into which all distinctions and differences disappeared. Continue reading

Sermon–Love Who?!?–February 24, 2019


7 Epiphany—Year C/February 24, 2019

William Bradbury

Genesis 45:3-11, 15, Psalm 37:1-12, 41-42, 1 Corinthians 15:35-38,42-50, Luke 6:27-38

Through the years I’ve heard many reasons why a person goes to church. Things like:  I go for the kids, so they’ll learn right from wrong; I go for the music; Only time all week I get 45 minutes without a kid in my lap; My father makes me…my wife makes me; If you’d asked me when I was attending Westminster Boys High in Atlanta, I’d have told you I go to church because of the cute girls.  If you ask me now maybe I’d say because it’s my job—and a wonderful job it is to get to hang out with all you wonderful people. Continue reading