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Sermon–God says: “Can you hear me now?” February 17, 2019


6 Epiphany—Year C–February 17, 2019

William Bradbury

Jeremiah 17:5-10, Psalm 1, 1 Corinthians 15:12-20, Luke 6:17-26

I go back to the day as a kid in Atlanta when I listened to my music on AM radio. That’s where I heard for the first time the early Beatles songs like “I want to hold your hand” and “She loves you”. Then, in high school, I bought my first FM Tuner to listen to my music without all noisy talk and the commercials. That’s where I first heard one of my all-time favorite songs: “Beginnings” by Chicago Transit Authority, soon to be known simply as Chicago. Continue reading

Sermon–What? Me a Mystic?!–February 10, 2019


5 Epiphany—Year C, February 10, 2019

William Bradbury

Isaiah 6:1-8, [9-13], Psalm 138, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, Luke 5:1-11

Isaiah cries out: The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost!”

As a kid I enjoyed sitting on the floor building things: building a house of cards that would become this sprawling thing with two floors. Beautiful! Then the dog would get too close, wag his tail and down it came. Continue reading

Sermon–What is good news for the poor?–January 27, 2019


3 Epiphany—Year C–January 27, 2019

William Bradbury

Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Luke 4:14-21, Psalm 19

Jesus, quoting Isaiah says, “”The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.” If you and I were poor, what would constitute good news? Continue reading

Sermon–Are You Aware of Spirit Now? January 13, 2019


1 Epiphany: Baptism of Our Lord-January 13, 2019

William Bradbury

Isaiah 43:1-7, Psalm 29, Acts 8:14-17, Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

I want to start with a couple of questions: With a show of hands: how many of you have been baptized? Now, how many can remember your baptism? I certainly can’t remember mine and that raises the question we find in our reading from Acts: “Did we receive the Holy Spirit when we were baptized?” Continue reading

Sermon–Who shrunk our faith? January 6, 2019


The Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ-January 6, 2019

William Bradbury

Isaiah 60:1-6, Psalm 72:1-7,10-14, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12

Because of Christmas pageants across the years, most of us have melded together Luke’s and Matthew’s story of the birth of Jesus. Fortunately our Church calendar pulls them apart, so that we read Luke’s story on December 25 and Matthew’s story January 6, today, which is known as the Epiphany—that is the manifestation—of our Lord Jesus Christ. I say fortunately because separating the stories allows us to focus on their important differences: In Matthew’s story, however, the angel of the Lord visits Joseph, not Mary, and a star leads wise men, not shepherds, from the east to visit the Christ Child. All this takes place, Matthew tells us, in the reign of Herod the Great, Rome’s vassal king in Jerusalem whose reign was from 40 BC to 4 BC. Continue reading

Sermon–God’s Word with Us–December 30, 2918


Christmas 1–December 30, 2018

William Bradbury

Isaiah 61:10-62:3, Psalm 147 or 147:13-21, Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7, John 1:1-18

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

How we see God, how we imagine God, will determine how we understand the meaning and the force of this statement that the Word was God. If our image of God is the sky-god, living in another place, like heaven, we may imagine the Word being like the voice of our high school principal—a word of foreboding and possibly doom, since we really did smoke in the restroom. Continue reading

Sermon-Christmas Eve 2018


Christmas Eve 2018

William Bradbury

Isaiah 9:2-7, Psalm 96, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-14(15-20)

On my way to Mass General Wednesday afternoon to visit All Saints’ sick toddler Molly and her mother, Cassy, my travel app had me on Blossom Street, when the traffic slowed and I saw something amazing: Santa and Mrs. Claus were five stories up in the sky in an enormous bucket attached by a ladder to a massive fire engine. They were right up against a large window halfway up Shriners Hospital for Children. Continue reading

Sermon: Advent 2–A part for us in the Universal Story? 12/9/2018


Advent 2—Year C–December 9, 2018

William Bradbury

Baruch 5:1-9, Canticle 4 or 16, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6

There have been times when I believed the gospel, the Good News, was  a series of theological assertions strung together like Christmas tree lights. Other times I’ve believed the good news was like platitudes on a Hallmark Card that we send to our neighbors every Christmas to show what nice and inoffensive people we are. Both understandings make the gospel so small! But when we actually read, say, the Gospel according to Luke, we find first and foremost, that The good news is a universal story of how God enters this world in Jesus in order to set all things right. Continue reading

Sermon–Hope when the world is falling apart: 12/2/2018


Advent 1—Year C–December 2

December 2, 2018

William Bradbury

Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-9, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36

What do you do when the world is falling apart? Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist Tom Friedman, quoting the International Rescue Committee in a recent Op-Ed in the New York Times, says today there are 70 million people who hit the road looking for “zones of order” after their world falls apart. Some of these are: Continue reading

Sermon–Seeing Reality–November 25, 2018

Sermon: Last Sunday after Pentecost Year-B–Christ the King–November 25, 2018

William Bradbury

Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14, Psalm 93, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 18:33-37

I am occasionally asked why I go to the movies as much as I do. Partly it’s just a lazy way to spend a day off, an escape from being available, where I’m happy to turn off my phone. But on a deeper level, watching a good movie can become a contemplative experience in which my ego goes quiet as I sit in the dark, my heart opens up, and I’m transported into a different world, a different reality.  Continue reading