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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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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