Hearts in the game

The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost October 14, 2018 St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish Amos 5:6-7, 10-15 Psalm 90:12-17 Hebrews 4:12-16 Mark 10:17-31 Since our stewardship team at church has been busy planning the fall giving campaign that kicks off two Sundays from now,  I’ve been thinking a lot about the meaning of stewardship, including as I... Continue Reading →

Journey together

Sermon for Sunday, October 7, 2018 Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 22 B St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Seattle, WA  Genesis 2:18-24 Psalm 8 Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12 Mark 10:2-16   Today is one of those challenging Gospel days when few preachers rush to the pulpit.  Yet we know Jesus’ words here are about something very real,... Continue Reading →

Faith, Trust & Welcome

Sermon for Sunday, September 30, 2018 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 21 B St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Seattle, WA Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29            James 5:13-20 Psalm 19:7-14 Mark 9:38-50 Posted on the front door of St. Peter’s and front page of our worship bulletin are these words: THIS IS CHRIST’S HOUSE. Come you who feel... Continue Reading →

A Roadmap for Downward Mobility

Sermon - The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost September 23, 2018 St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish Jeremiah 11:18-20 Psalm 54 James 3:13 - 4:3, 7-8a Mark 9:30-37 The disciples do not come off so well in this morning’s Gospel story! Just like in last week’s Gospel story, Jesus tells them that the path ahead for him isn’t... Continue Reading →

Losing Our Lives

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost September 16, 2018 St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 116:1-9 James 3:1-12 Mark 8:27-38 This morning’s story from Mark’s Gospel is a challenging one. Sometimes, Jesus says things that give comfort, and other times he says things that are difficult. Things that challenge us. Today is one of those... Continue Reading →

Shedding our old shells

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost September 9, 2018 St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish Isaiah 35:4-7a Psalm 146 James 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17 Mark 7:24-37 Every summer when I was a kid, growing up on the east coast, my family and I would spend a week in Maine. And in Maine, as you might know, there are lobsters.... Continue Reading →

Fellow pilgrims on a journey

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost September 2, 2018 St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 Psalm 15 James 1:17-27 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Did any of you ever watch Gilligan’s Island, that mid-1960s show about the seven castaways—Gilligan, the Skipper, Mr. and Mrs. Howell, Maryanne, Ginger and the Professor—who end up getting stranded together on... Continue Reading →

Choosing the God of Life

The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost August 26, 2018 St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 Psalm 34:15-22 Ephesians 6:10-20 John 6:56-69 The people in our Gospel reading this morning as well as our Hebrew Bible reading from the book of Joshua each face a choice. A big choice. In our Gospel reading from John’s Gospel,... Continue Reading →

Called to give birth to God

Sermon - The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost August 19, 2018 St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish Proverbs 9:1-6 Psalm 34:9-14 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58            “I am the living bread that has come down from heaven.” These words of Jesus from our Gospel story this morning might sound familiar to you by now since this is the... Continue Reading →

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