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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We Are Never Alone: A Michaelmas Homily

We Are Never Alone The Feast of St. Michael and All Angels John 1:47-51; 2 Kings 6:15-17; Matthew 28:1-7 27 September 2015 Angels are everywhere in the Bible, from the book of Genesis all the way through the book of Revelation. It is impossible to tell the story of salvation...
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Baptism and the Cross

Holy Cross Day 13 September 2015 John 12:31-36a Holy Cross Day is not typically a day on which the church celebrates baptisms, but it is, in fact, very appropriate to do so, because baptism does not make any sense apart from the cross. In baptism, we are buried with Christ in his...
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The Syrophoenician Woman (Proper 18B)

I ascribe to what academics call a “high Christology.” I believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, the Second Person of the Trinity. I believe that he was fully human and fully divine, and as a result that Jesus was without sin the entire course of his life. In this regard I am...
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