Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18; Matthew 5:38-48
7th Sunday after Epiphany - Year A
February 19, 2017
The Rev. Dr. Russell Levenson, Jr.
Like many clergy; my work entails working with people of all ages--that often includes children--even young children. We have a pre-school at St. Martin's in Houston where I serve. I make an effort to roam the halls at least once a week or so. All kind of interesting things happen to me during these encounters--sometimes a smile, sometimes an unsolicited hug and often a question or two. Not too long ago, I was walking down the hall and I was stopped by one of our little ones--a small tyke, not yet old enough to read. She pointed at me and said, "Father Levenson...why do you dress so funny?"
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20th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C
October 02, 2016
The Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli
Wars and rumors of wars proliferate around the world. Nations, tribes, gangs, ideologues kill each other for the love of money, for the love of power, for the love of revenge, for the love of violence, for the love of God (God help us). The way to make any drop of difference at all seems not only unclear but impossible. But our God says to us, "blessed are the peacemakers." (Mt 5:9) "Lord, increase our faith!"
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April 10, 2016
The Rev. Peter Marty
The most fundamental claim of our faith, says Peter Marty, is that God always makes the first move in seeking us out, as God did Saul. And in Ananias' visit at God's commend to see this murderer of early Christians, we see God's grace at work.
March 06, 2016
The Rev. Dr. Dock Hollingsworth
In his sermon for the 4th Sunday in Lent, Dock Hollingsworth guides us through the four acts in Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan, and encourages us all to come home and join the party.
January 17, 2016
The Rev. Dr. Becca Stevens
Signs remind us that God has not abandoned us, that God is dwelling with us. Epiphany is the season we celebrate signs, says the Rev. Becca Stevens, and the story in John 2 celebrates the wonder of Jesus' first sign, changing water into wine.
August 30, 2015
The Rev. Richard Goeres
In his sermon this week, Pastor Richard Goeres says that while the fact that we are all sinners is not the good news, it is the truth, and the thing about the gospel is that it always meets us in our truth. It is us, as we actually are and not who we pretend or present ourselves to be, that Jesus comes to save. And Jesus is insistent that we know that.
June 07, 2015
The Rev. Andrew Taylor-Troutman
In his sermon, Andrew Taylor-Troutman says we are terrified our churches will fail. And you know what? Perhaps the church will never be the same again. How much more important, then, to remember that resurrection comes only after death. And that the life-giving Spirit of God cannot be restrained. With such faith, we might discover that—in the word, go—there’s not only fear, but also freedom.
May 17, 2015
The Rev. Nancy Christensen
In her sermon, Pastor Nancy Christensen says, "By allowing ourselves to communicate freely as Jesus does, we find that the depth of relationship--so evident between Father and Son--is not beyond our grasp. It is a relationship that only our own boundaries and our own barriers can ever prevent."