A School of Love

Our first reading this morning from the book of Exodus is the story of the giving of Ten Commandments. As a little background, just before the episode we hear today, the Israelites had escaped from Egypt and were led by Moses across the Red Sea.  The next step in their journey is to travel to... Continue Reading →

What it means to follow Jesus

Sermon - The Second Sunday of Lent February 25, 2018 St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish, Seattle   Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 Psalm 22:23-31 Romans 4:13-25 Mark 8:31-38 If someone came to me who’d never heard of Jesus or Christianity before, and who wanted to know, “who is this guy, and what is he all about, and what... Continue Reading →

Ash Wednesday Sermon

Sermon - Ash Wednesday February 14th, 2018 St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 What a strange juxtaposition, Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day! I imagine many people are out buying chocolate hearts or flowers for their sweetheart, or going out for a special dinner. But not us.    No,... Continue Reading →

Letting go

Sermon - Last Sunday after Epiphany: Transfiguration Sunday February 11th, 2018 St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish, Seattle 2 Kings 2:1-12 Psalm 50:1-6 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 Mark 9:2-9 This morning, the last Sunday before we begin the season of Lent this Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, we get to hear some very dramatic Scripture readings! In our Hebrew Bible... Continue Reading →

Marks of Discipleship

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany February 4, 2018 St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish, Seattle  Isaiah 40:21-31 Psalm 147:1-11, 20c 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 Mark 1:29-39 It might not look like it on the surface, but this morning’s Gospel story from Mark is also a story about discipleship: about what it looks like to follow Jesus; about what are... Continue Reading →

Annual Address of the Rector

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany January 28th, 2018 St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish, Seattle Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Psalm 111 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Mark 1:21-28 Our Gospel story from Mark’s Gospel today contains two back-to-back episodes in a synagogue in Capernaum: the first Jesus’ teaching, and the second, his casting out of an unclean spirit possessing a man. After... Continue Reading →

Great Expectations

“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” These are Nathanael’s first words about Jesus to Phillip in this morning’s Gospel story from John.     Of course, eventually, Nathanael goes on to become one of Jesus’ disciples. But that’s not where Nathanael’s journey with Jesus begins. It begins in today’s Gospel story with his reaction... Continue Reading →

Believe We Are God’s Beloved

  Sermon - First Sunday after Epiphany: Baptism of the Lord  January 7th, 2018 St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish   Genesis 1:1-5 Psalm 29 Acts 19:1-7 Mark 1:4-11 This morning, we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of Jesus. Today’s feast always happens right after our celebration of Christmas as a reminder that Jesus’ baptism was... Continue Reading →

The Word made Flesh

John 1: 1-18 And the word became flesh and lived among us. Last night, we heard the story of Jesus’ birth from St. Luke’s Gospel. We all know this part of the Christmas story. It’s almost like it’s part of our DNA. How Joseph and a very pregnant Mary arrive in Bethlehem. How Mary gives... Continue Reading →

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