The Choice is Ours

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish Isaiah 1:1, 10-20Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16Luke 12:32-40 I wanted to read again some of the words from that vision of the prophet Isaiah that we heard in our first reading this morning: Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom!Listen to the teaching... Continue Reading →

Life does not consist in an abundance of things

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish, Seattle Hosea 11:1-11Psalm 107:1-9, 43Colossians 3:1-11Luke 12:13-21 As some of you know I recently went into business for myself, working as a professional organizer. I help people with their stuff, and specifically their relationships with their stuff. People will sometimes ask how I decide what to... Continue Reading →

Relationship with the God of Jesus

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish, Seattle Hosea 1:2-10Psalm 85Colossians 2:6-19Luke 11:1-13 This morning’s readings all have to do with relationships: God’s relationship with us, and also, our relationship with God. Each of these readings, in its own way, gives us a glimpse into what it’s like to be in relationship with... Continue Reading →

The Better Part

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish, Seattle Amos 8:1-12Psalm 52Colossians 1:15-28Luke 10:38-42 One of things I love about Gospels is that they’re about people like you and me. People with real lives who have real hopes and dreams like we do; who also struggle with fear and anxiety and anger and resentment... Continue Reading →

Fiercely Dependent

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost July 7, 2019St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish 2 Kings 5:1-14Psalm 30Galatians 6:(1-6), 7-16Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 As we all know, this past Thursday, July 4th, was Independence Day, a day that commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776 by the Continental Congress, which of course proclaimed the... Continue Reading →

Wired to love

Trinity Sunday June 16, 2019 St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish, Seattle Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 Psalm 8 Romans 5:1-5 John 16:12-15 Last Sunday, you might recall, we celebrated Pentecost, a day when we celebrate the Holy Spirit, and remember how the Spirit became the animating force behind the church following the death and resurrection of Jesus—and also,... Continue Reading →

The Story of the Spirit

Sermon – Feast of Pentecost    June 9, 2019  St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish Genesis 1: 1-15, Proverbs 8: 1-4, 6, 8, 22-31, Joel 2: 28-32 , Luke 1: 26-38, John 7: 37-39, Acts 2: 1-11  The story we have just heard together in Holy Scripture and music is the story of the Spirit. The story of... Continue Reading →

The God who fills all in all

Sunday after the Ascension (Easter VII)June 2, 2019St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish Acts 1:1-11Psalm 47Ephesians 1:15-23Luke 24:44-53 If today, Ascension Sunday, was your first time stepping into a Christian church, and you knew nothing about God, you might walk away with a particular picture of God, and what God is like, especially from our Scripture readings... Continue Reading →

House of Mercy

The Sixth Sunday of EasterMay 26, 2019St. Peter's Episcopal Parish Acts 16:9-15Psalm 67Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5 John 5:1-9 In our Gospel story this morning from John’s Gospel, we are witnesses to a heart-wrenching healing story. The story takes place in Jerusalem near a pool of water called Beth-zatha, sometimes also known as Bethesda. In Hebrew, Bethesda... Continue Reading →

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