Rose Sunday in Lent: A Sermon by The Rev’d Stephanie Shoemaker

On this Rose Sunday there is a long standing ecclesiastical tradition of rejoicing that provides for a brief respite from the rigors of our Lenten fasts and solemnities, perhaps squeezing in a few alleluias or chocolates before sundown. But more than relief, we are granted a...
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Three Temptations: First Sunday in Lent, Year C

The Rev’d. N.J.A. Humphrey Preached at the Church of St. Michael & St. George, St. Louis, MO 14 February 2016 Luke 4:1-13 [via Genesis 3:6 & I John 2:16]   There are many temptations in this world, but there is a clear tradition within the Scriptures of both the Old...
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Stumbling Blocks & Stepping Stones: An Ash Wednesday Homily

The Rev’d N.J.A. Humphrey Ash Wednesday 10 February 2016 II Corinthians 6:3 & Matthew Ch. 6   Often when preparing for a sermon, I look at more than one translation. When I looked over the lessons for today, I was struck again by a verse from the epistle, one that the...
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Candles and Shadows

The Rev’d. N.J.A. Humphrey Candlemas Saint Stephen’s Church, Providence Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40   On this great feast, one hardly knows where to look. For one thing, it has so many names: the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple, a.k.a. the Purification...
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The Body of Christ: 3 Epiphany, Year C

The Rev’d. N.J.A. Humphrey 24 January 2016 I Corinthians 12:12-31a   I’m sorry to disappoint you, but given the weather forecast and the planned annual meeting, I decided this past week to keep this short. So this morning I’m going to offer you more of a brief meditation on...
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The Rev. Stephanie Shoemaker: Sermon for The Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Year C

Darkness into light Absence into presence Scarcity into abundance Sickness into health Blindness into sight Death into life Water into wine… These are items on the menu of the feast of abundant life to which we are invited by a divine host, an occasion to enjoy a rich spiritual...
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Guest Preacher: The Rev. Dr. John D. Alexander, SSC

THE EPIPHANY Wednesday 6 January 2016 In the Book of Common Prayer, the Feast of the Epiphany is subtitled “the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles.” The term “Gentiles” in the biblical languages is pretty much interchangeable with “the nations.” The Hebrew word goyim means...
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Guest Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Michael J.R. Tessman

Apocalypse Now, and Then! Dreams for Christmastide: 2015-16 A Sermon preached at the Zabriske Memorial Church of St. John the Evangelist on the 2nd Sunday of Christmastide, January 3, 2016 by The Rev. Dr. Michael J.R. Tessman Matthew’s Gospel story of the birth and infancy...
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The Gift that Keeps on Giving: A Sermon for St. John’s Day in Christmastide

The Gift that Keeps on Giving                                                 The Rev’d. N.J.A. Humphrey St. John’s Day 27 December 2015 I John 1:1-9 It’s still Christmas! What now? Thankfully, in this morning’s epistle lesson, the saint after whom this church is named and whom...
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The Best Ever: A Christmas Day Sermon

The Best Ever The Rev’d N.J.A. Humphrey 25 December 2015 John 1:1-14 Before I became a parent, one of the things I liked least about Christmas were Christmas pageants, (and even today as a parent of two small children, I’m delighted to be at a parish that doesn’t have one—I have...
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