Matter Matters: A Christmas Eve Sermon

Matter Matters The Rev’d N.J.A. Humphrey 24 December 2015 Luke 2:1-20 Does it matter that you are here tonight? This is one of those deceptively simple questions. At first, it invites merely a “yes” or “no” answer. Either yes, it matters, or no, it really doesn’t—and if the...
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The Joyful Imitation of Christ 

Year C, Advent 3 Philippians 4:4-7 “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance…Have no anxiety about anything…” Anyone hearing these words out of context might assume that their author did nothing but lounge around all day nibbling on...
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Advent Guest Preacher: Stephanie Shoemaker

2 Advent Year C December 6, 2015 The Rev. Stephanie C. Shoemaker John the Baptist emerges suddenly out of the wilderness, answering his call, wild with the Word of the Lord in his heart and on his lips calling us to get ready to see the salvation of God….to do what we need to ...
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The Scapegoat and the Terrorist

Year B, Christ the King John 18:33-37 The feast of Christ the King speaks directly to the problem of violence and political power, a problem that has plagued society from its beginnings to the age of terrorism we are living through today. In the Gospel lesson appointed for this...
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Hosanna: A Sermon for the Feast of Dedication

On Saturday last weekend at diocesan convention, I joined with the bishop, clergy, and lay leaders in celebrating the 225th anniversary of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island. The bishop chose as the readings for that convention Eucharist the same readings we just heard, which...
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All Souls’ Day 2015

All Souls’ Day (Year B) The Rev’d N.J.A. Humphrey 1 Corinthians 15:50-58 2 November 2015 “Behold, I tell you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.” So famously writes St. Paul in words many of us know fr...
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All Saints’ Day 2015

All Saints’ Day, Year B The Rev’d N.J.A. Humphrey John 11:32-44; Revelation 21:1-6a 1 November 2015 The first thing that stood out when I first looked at the lessons appointed for All Saints’ Day in Year B of our three-year lectionary cycle is how doleful they are compared to the...
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Guest Preacher: Andrew Mead

  From Captivity to Joy Proper 18B 25 October, 2015 Jeremiah 31:7-9; Ps 126; Hebrews 7:23-28; St. Mark 10:46-52   In the Name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost. Amen. What a joy it is to be here; more of that later. Most of us think of the Exodus as...
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Ambition and Service 

A sermon on Mark 10:35-45 and Hebrews 5:1-10 on the 21st Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 24B in the Zabriskie Memorial Church of Saint John the Evangelist on 18 October 2015 Ambition: you either have too much of it or not enough. Those who have too much are criticized for their...
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Guest Preacher: Stephanie Shoemaker

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars you have set in their courses, What is man that you should be mindful of him? Psalm 8 Today we celebrate God’s glorious order of creation coming ourselves in wonder, and later bringing our beloved...
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