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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Lent 3C – The Fig Tree

3 Lent Year C Deacon Buck Close 28 Feb 2016 A certain man had a fig tree. The fig tree is a frequent visitor to the pages of the Bible. When you go to your Bible browser and put in fig tree, you will reap a large list of references from both Old and New Testaments. Having a fig...
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Lent 1C – Jesus in the Wilderness

1 Lent 2016 Deacon Buck Close Luke 4: 1-13 Jesus, full of the HS, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for 40 days he was tempted by the devil. Today, on this first Sunday of the penitential season of Lent, we hear again the story of Jesus’...
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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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Jesus at Nazareth/King Charles the Martyr

4 Epiphany 16 Deacon Buck Close Luke 4: 21 -30 In today’s gospel Luke continues the story of Jesus appearance in the synagogue at Nazareth – his home town. The message of this passage – at least on the surface – is presented in verse 24: Verily I say unto you, No prophet is...
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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 Baptism of our Lord – Year C

The Baptism of our Lord – Year C Deacon Buck Close January 10, 2016 I wonder how many of you have ever been to a Billy Graham crusade. When I was growing up in SC in the 50’s and early 60’s it was something people did – lots of people from all socioeconomic backgrounds. When I...
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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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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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