Our calling to be saints

Sermon - All Saints Sunday November 5th, 2017 St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish The Reverend Edmund I. Harris Revelation 7:9-17 Psalm 34:1-10, 22 1 John 3:1-3 Matthew 5:1-12 This morning, on All Saints Sunday, we remember that we are part of a family. A big family, a family called the Communion of Saints. This family is... Continue Reading →

Citizens of Two Kingdoms

In this morning’s Gospel story, two groups of people, the Pharisees and the Herodians come to Jesus with a question: “Tell us what you think,” they say. “Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor or not?” Of course, they’re trying to trap Jesus. It’s a trick question. Because no matter how Jesus responds... Continue Reading →

To be free

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost October 8, 2017 St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish Thank you for having me as your supply priest this week and the following Sunday.  It is always nice to come home --- to my home parish. Last month I volunteered as a priest on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in   South Dakota. ... Continue Reading →

God’s vineyard

Sermon - Year A, the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost September 24, 2017 Matthew 20:1-16 May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of all our hearts, be acceptable  to you, O Lord, our strength and redeemer.  Amen  An only child, I grew up “latchkey” - my parents were always working, rebuilding their lives after... Continue Reading →

A School of Love

The Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost Exodus 12:1-14, Psalm 149, Romans 13:8-14, Matthew 18:15-20 As a kid, I always had a contrarian streak. I never liked doing as I was told. I didn’t like rules. And I did not like following instructions. I always felt like they constricted me too much. I wanted to be free, free to do... Continue Reading →

The Fine Print of Following Jesus

Exodus 3:1-15, Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45b, Romans 12:9-21, Matthew 16:21-28 It might be a holiday weekend this weekend for the rest of the world, but Jesus is certainly not taking any vacation in today’s Gospel story from Matthew! It all begins with this encounter between Jesus and Peter, this rather tense encounter. Well, actually, the story we hear... Continue Reading →

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