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Orlando: Prayer is Not Enough

The shock and horror of this assault has covered our nation in mourning. Yet this was actually the 15th mass shooting in America so far in June, and the 133rd in 2016. Almost as horrifying as the killings themselves is the regularity with which we awaken to such reports … [ More → ]

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Bishop’s message on gun laws

I am writing to you to invite your encouragement of our United States Senators to support the “No Fly, No Buy” legislation that will likely be before them this coming Monday.  [ More → ]

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Sermon – June 5, 2016

O God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by your merciful guiding may do them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [ More → ]

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Sermon – May 29, 2016

It’s not easy, at first, to get a sense of what is on Paul’s mind as we read today’s excerpt. But if you compare the first several verses to most of his other letters, you will notice the jarring absence of a prayer of thanksgiving directly after the initial greeting. Paul is astonished. He’s actually angry. [ More → ]

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Sing at Ascension this Summer

Would you like to sing in the Summer Choir on Sunday mornings? Summer is soon upon us and we would like to find out who might join a Volunteer Choir to sing periodically during the summer months at the 11:00am service. Rehearsals are Sunday mornings at 9:15. It was great fun for those who participated …  [ More → ]

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Sermon – Trinity Sunday, May 22, 2016

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [ More → ]

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Sermon – May 15, 2016, Pentecost Sunday

The Feast of Advocacy and Consolation – The Feast of Pentecost is believed by a host of scholars to be the day that Christianity, as a faith movement, was born. The First Sunday of Advent might begin our liturgical year, but it’s Pentecost – as a point in time and space – where what we know of what it means to be Christ’s body, made an initial, quantum leap into expressed reality. [ More → ]

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Sermon – May 8, 2016

O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen. [ More → ]

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Sermon – May 1, 2016

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [ More → ]

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Sermon – April 24, 2016

It would be difficult to overestimate the importance of this particular gospel passage in Christian thought. The love command that Jesus gives here – here in this crux-y place nestled between open ministry and inner revelation – this command to love, as it is expressed here, is typically understood as both the center of Jesus’ teaching and the center of Christian life. And most scholars see this very passage as pivotal to the structure and theology of John’s Gospel: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.”
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