The Resurrection through John’s Eyes       

The Rev’d. N.J.A. Humphrey Easter Day, Year C 27 March 2016 John 20:1-8   This is the third in my Holy Week sermon series entitled, “Through John’s Eyes,” because the Gospel texts this year for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Day are all taken from John’s gospel. On...
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The Crucifixion through John’s Eyes

The Rev’d. N.J.A. Humphrey Good Friday, Year C 25 March 2016 John 18:1-19:42   Last evening I reflected on John as the disciple who understands what it means to abide in Jesus’ love, and it is because he alone of all the disciples knows what it means to love and be loved by...
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The Last Supper through John’s Eyes

The Rev’d. N.J.A. Humphrey Maundy Thursday, Year C 24 March 2016 John 13:1-17, 31b-35   My aim tonight and tomorrow night is to look at the events of Holy Week through the eyes of John, the “disciple whom Jesus loved.” Our gospel texts tonight and tomorrow come from John’s...
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The Fifth Sunday in Lent: A Sermon by The Rev’d Dr. Michael Tessman

6          They that sow in tears * shall reap in joy. 7          He that now goeth on his way weeping, and beareth forth good seed, * shall doubtless come again with joy, and bring his sheaves with him.   Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus...
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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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