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Why are you afraid? – Sermon from Holy Trinity Anglican Church 8 JUL 2018

Today’s Sermon – Why Are You Afraid?

LESSONS:

First Lesson         Ezekiel 2:1-7

Psalm                    Psalm 123

Second Lesson    2 Corinthians 12:2-10

Gospel                  Mark 6:1-6

COLLECT: Grant us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Filled – Reflection on the Baptism of Our Lord 7 JAN 2018

4540759969_115f1e748bBaptism can be in many forms and functions. There is the baptism for being a member of an organization, many churches have that requirement, it has nothing to do with being baptized with the Holy Spirit. For many it is as Paul found, an initiation. Churches are not the only organizations that use the symbolism of baptism. When you cross the equator in the navy, there is a ceremony similar to baptism. When you graduate from Marine Corp boot camp there is a ceremony similar to baptism. When you graduate from school the ceremony is similar to baptism. They all indicate a leaving behind and belonging to a special designation whatever that may be. None of them are as empowering, revealing, comforting, guiding, or life giving as having the the Holy Spirit fill your life.

And when Paul laid hands upon them the Holy Spirit came upon them. As Jesus was coming up out of the water and saw the Holy Spirit descend upon him as like a dove.Two prime examples of the Holy Spirit descending upon someone. It is interesting to note that the Holy Spirit does not come to visit, but comes to reside with you. If you have the Holy Spirit residing with you, it should be noted that there is no room for anything else to reside with you. If you are a believer in Christ and filled with the Holy Spirit there simply is not room for anything else to reside in your spirit or soul. The idea that there is a demon inside an individual, who is a believer, is ludicrous, there is no room for anything or one, other than God. Now we have that out of the way, it does not mean you can not still be tempted into a wrong action, that is the result of your willfulness through not listening to the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to guide and comfort you.

You have been baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and you are God’s people (person). You have the gift of life eternal, the forgiveness of sins and hope everlasting through Jesus Christ. Rejoice and again I say REJOICE!

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The Empty Manger – Sermon at Holy Trinity Anglican Church 10 DEC 2017 (Morning)

IMG-3792Listen to this morning’s sermon – The Empty Manger

LESSONS:

First Lesson        Isaiah 40:1-11

Psalm                   Psalm 85

Second Lesson   2 Peter 3:8-18

Gospel                 Mark 1:1-8

COLLECT: Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and the comfort of your Holy Word we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Seeing Things Differently – Sermon at Holy Trinity Anglican Church 3 DEC 2017

Pottery ChaliceToday’s Sermon – Seeing Things Differently

LESSONS:

First Lesson            Isaiah 64:1-9

Psalm                       Psalm 80:1-7

Second Lesson       1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Gospel                     Mark 13:24-37

COLLECT: Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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The Miracle of Candles – Reflection for the 1st Sunday of Advent 2017

C914C71067CA4750A5B1972C8CDAA855_Advent-candle-21The four candles at Christmas are nice and the little practice of lighting them one each week is lovely to observe, but what is really going on with the candles? Why do we even have candles, electric lights are so much more efficient, especially the LED lights? Let’s take a short trip into the past of our heritage. The menorah for the Jewish people, candles lit every year just around Christmas symbolize the faithfulness of God. For us who are Christian, meaning we follow the Son of God, the candles are more than decoration, they are a reminder of the wonderful acts of God. They remind us of the faithfulness of our God in sending Jesus. When the Advent candles are lit, for us, they symbolize the light of hope, faith, joy and peace, for the world.

This Sunday we light the candle of hope or sometimes called the prophets’ candle. The role of the prophets had nothing to do with fortune telling, as sometimes we are led to believe, no their role was much more important! They consistently called God’s people back to him as they went astray. The prophets remind us of the hope we have in God, that He will truly restore His people who are called by name. They remind us that God desires for all men to be saved, saved from our own foolishness, saved so that we can enjoy life and the blessings that God has bestowed upon each of us.

Remembering that our hope, our inheritance, is found in the risen Christ and that at this time of the year we look forward to seeing our Lord face to face, acknowledging that there is no other force in the world that can compare with our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and He is the light of the world. What gives us hope in the midst of this mad, mad, mad world? That Jesus overcame death and Satan and offers eternal life to all who would accept it. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. Again I say Amen!

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Sheep or Goat? – Sermon at Holy Trinity Anglican Church 26 NOV 2017

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Today’s Sermon – Sheep or Goat?

LESSONS:

First Lesson           Ezekiel34:11-20

Psalm                      Psalm 95

Second Lesson      1 Corinthians15:20-28

Gospel                    Matthew 25:31-46

COLLECT: Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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Thankful in the Wilderness – Reflection for 26 November 2017

IMG_2720The first seven verses of our Psalm today make up the Venite, the traditional first canticle of Morning Prayer. This canticle reminds us of the majesty of God and our proper response in worship. The words, “Oh, that today you would harken to His voice!” introduce the Psalms and lessons of Morning Prayer.

However, it is the last four verses that captured my attention this week. These verses provide a warning based on Israel’s history when God had brought them forth from Egypt and they grumbled and doubted. They did not believe that the God who defeated Pharaoh and parted the Red Sea, the God whose presence was visible with them night and day could lead them through the wilderness. They grumbled and complained to Moses.

Like Israel, my temporary discomforts and disappointments can very easily draw me into ungrateful grumbling. I can forget the tremendous blessing, presence, and power of God. In the distractions and busyness of daily life, I can let my heart harden. I can miss the love and grace of God. I can create my own wilderness where joy and peace are far away, where there is no rest.

It is easy for me to be thankful when things are going well. Or, perhaps I notice things going well when I am thankful. It is when things seem to be falling apart that I need the discipline of thanksgiving. A time when I stop everything else and remember the blessing and presence of God. A time when I let God soften my heart and open my eyes to His presence. A time to harken to His voice and enter into rest. A time like Morning Prayer.

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Not Performance but Relationship – Sermon at Holy Trinity Anglican Church 19 NOV 2017

273719.pListen to guest preacher Rob Malloy’s sermon from the afternoon service – Not Performance but Relationship

LESSONS:

First Lesson          Zephaniah1:7,12-18

Psalm                     Psalm 90:1-12

Second Lesson     1 Thessalonians 5:1-10

Gospel                   Matthew 25:14-30

COLLECT: Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people; that they may plenteously bring forth the fruit of good works, as they await the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ to restore all things to their original perfection; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

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Faith, Love, and the Image of God – Sermon at Holy Trinity Anglican Church 19 NOV 2017

PARABLE-TALENTS-STAINED-GLASS-238x300Listen to Fr Rob’s sermon form the morning service – Faith, Love, and the Image of God

 

LESSONS:

First Lesson            Zephaniah1:7,12-18

Psalm                       Psalm 90:1-12

Second Lesson       1 Thessalonians 5:1-10

Gospel                     Matthew 25:14-30

COLLECT: Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people; that they may plenteously bring forth the fruit of good works, as they await the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ to restore all things to their original perfection; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

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Attitude Check – Reflection for 19 NOV 2017

Stained glass (detail) from the parable of the Talents, St Edward the Martyr's Church, Corfe Castle, Dorset, England. Flickr CC / Romano

We have all heard about the parable of the servants and the master giving them money before he left on a trip. We know two of the servants invested and had a return and the third servant was foolish in burying his one talent. Sermons galore have spoken to the issue of investing your talents and or recognizing your talents. They encourage you to make use of your one? Talent.

I have come to the conclusion that the parable is not about investing talents, rather it is about attitude and perspective. I tell you right off the bat which servant had the best ‘can do’ attitude, the first one, right? The second servant also had a good attitude, but more than likely was occasionally prone to the ‘poor me‘ syndrome, but still a good fellow. I do not have to stretch my imagination very far to what the third servant was like to be around. Mr. doom and gloom, nothing is going right, everybody hates me, I am going to eat some worms. Yech! Hey, the master took a chance with the fellow and gave him one talent to use, to see what results would be achieved.

Listen to the servant number three, not from the other two, “I knew you to be a hard master” if so why didn’t the others mention this, that “you reap where you don’t sow and gather where you don’t scatter,” is it any wonder that the master is cross eyed with this servant?

Father Ed, I don’t like where this is going, you just might be meddling in my life. You can see the question that is being asked, can’t you.

Attitude about what we believe to be true effects and affects our lives, our worship, our relationship with God, our relationship with each other. God says judgement is His, yet when we engage in attitude of the third servant, we just set ourselves up to be handing out judgement, in doing so we begin to miss the blessing our Father has for us. We miss out on the joy of life and the hope of life eternal. We do it to ourselves, just as the third servant did to himself.
Do you believe that God so loved the world that he gave his only son to die for our sins? If so, then rejoice and again I say rejoice. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, REJOICE!!!

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