Holy Trinity Anglican Church

Month: June 2017

Jesus in the Ordinary Life – Sermon at Holy Trinity Anglican Church 18 June 2017

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Today’s Sermon – Jesus in the Ordinary Life

LESSONS:

First Lesson          Exodus 19:1-8

Psalm                     Psalm 100

Second Lesson     Romans 5:1-11

Gospel                   Matthew 9:35-10:15

COLLECT: O Lord, from whom comes all good things; grant us, your humble servants, the inspiration to always think and do those things which are good, and by your merciful guiding we may perform the same; through Jesus Christ our lord. Amen.

An Examen for Ordinary Time

– Thanksgiving for the simple beauty of ordinary life.

– Where have I observed Christ, where might I have missed Him?

– How is God calling me into His love and power?

– Where is God calling you to be a laborer in His harvest?

– Rejoice in the hope of the now but not yet Kingdom of God

What does it mean to be loved? Reflection for 18 June 2017

A church window depicts Jesus healing the blind man. (CNS photo/Crosiers) With Faith Alive! No. 13 MIDST, March 25, 2013.

“What does it mean to be loved?” When I first heard the question, I thought it was another theological abstraction or doctrinal test. Perhaps that initial thought is a sad commentary on the current partisan nature of the Church. Instead of secret handshakes and passwords, we have developed obscure doctrinal questions with narrow and sometimes questionable Scriptural support so that we can differentiate between the “true believers” (people like us) and the deceived (everyone else).

Once I recovered from this initial thought, I looked and saw the pain and longing in his eyes. There was no abstraction in the question. This was a gut wrenching cry to understand what it means to hear and believe that “God loves me, even me.”

Unfortunately, we too often read Romans as a theological treatise and not as a letter written to a church struggling to understand a concept of love very different from the world around them. I’m not so sure that the church today is all that different from the church to which Paul wrote. We still struggle to comprehend with our minds how God could love us. We hide behind intellectual discussions and theologically charged words like “justification” in a vain attempt to guard our hearts from fully experiencing the life changing love of God.

What if instead we read this passage of Romans (Romans 5:1-11) as an answer to the question, “What does it mean to be loved?” The first part of the question is “How can I be lovable?” Paul’s answer is simple, you are lovable (justified) because God loves you. There is no other reason at all.

When we believe that we are lovable by faith in Jesus Christ, or in Paul’s terms when we receive justification by faith, several things happen. We experience peace with God, we stand in the grace of God, and we rejoice in the glory of God. God’s love is poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. By faith in the love of God for us expressed by the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ, we are able to be loved by God and to love others as His love overflows from our hearts.

If theology is understood as “faith seeking understanding,” perhaps the only truly useful theological question truly is, “What does it mean to be loved?” I pray that in this season of prayerful growth, each of you will open yourselves to rest in the love of God and understand with your hearts what it means to be loved.

God’s Garage Sale – Sermon at Holy Trinity Anglican Church 11 JUN 2017

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Today’s Sermon – God’s Garage Sale

LESSONS:

First Lesson         Genesis 1:1-2:3

Psalm                    Psalm 150

Second Lesson   2 Corinthians 13:5-14

Gospel                  Matthew 28:16-20

COLLECT: 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.

Who is Holy Trinity? Reflection for Trinity Sunday 2017

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Trinity Sunday is the perfect day to reflect on the life and calling of Holy Trinity Anglican Church. This is the day we celebrate and rejoice that God has called us together to share in the mysterious, loving community that is modeled in the very character of the Triune God.

The Vestry and Clergy met last Sunday to review the movement of God within our parish and seek to discern His will for our future. We remain steady in our discernment of God’s purpose for our parish to invest in the work of God in each person’s life.

In order to walk into this purpose, we see ourselves in this way:

We are called together in the bond of Christian fellowship to work as a community to invest ourselves and our resources in the work of God within and around our congregation. We believe that God is active in the lives of all people inside and outside of our congregation. We seek to discern where God is working and invest Christian fellowship, Christian growth and Christian service within the context of Christian community. We acknowledge that calls each of us to serve Him in a variety of ways and places. We celebrate the Kingdom work and universal Church as others walk in the good works that God has already prepared whether within Holy Trinity or another congregation. We see our community of worship as not only a place of ministry but also as a platform for ministry as each of us lives out our call in daily life according to the will and purpose of God. We see the spiritual formation that occurs within the worship, teaching, fellowship, evangelism, and service ministries of our community as the process by which we become aware of God’s presence and purpose in our lives and act in that purpose in order to become fully alive in Him.

As we walk together as a parish family, we invite you to tell us how we can invest in the work of God in your life and how we can help you invest in the lives of the people to whom God has called you. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all evermore. Amen.

Sent by the Spirit – Sermon at Holy Trinity Anglican Church Pentecost 2017

406b0cf33c6e33ad992c3f0b3353210aToday’s Sermon: Sent by the Spirit

LESSONS:

First Lesson            Acts 2:1-11

Psalm                       Psalm 104:25-36

Second Lesson       1 Corinthians 12:4-13

Gospel                     John 20:19-23

COLLECT: Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

 

You don’t have the proper certification – Reflection for Pentecost 2017

fe4ac98f1b2c76a9b10662e9caf8f180I love these passages given that they mock the work of man. Come on, God is doing something different and because Moses gathered the elders around the tent of the wilderness, it is assumed that everyone else is left out. The two men, we think elders, left behind in the camp have the Holy Spirit rest upon them in a different location than the seventy, somehow makes their prophecy less than authentic. Moses then hears about the mumbling and asks why are they upset ? Moses thinks that it would be great if everyone were a prophet Rules and rule breakers, everyone has to do it the same way or where is the order? A good question if you were talking about the issues of man, but we are talking about God. Could God not do it his own way? Look out here come the rule minders with the ruler to smack you hand if it is not done in a correct manner.

Jesus appears in a locked room and says Peace, and the apostles are standing in fear, not so much of Jesus but in fear of the Romans or the Jews, Jesus says peace to this place and then tells them they will receive the Holy Spirit. Not just them, now get this, but all who believe in Jesus as the Christ, for out of their hearts flow rivers of living waters. Time to wake up and realize the responsibility we have as believers. Out of our hearts living waters will flow. We are entrusted with the waters of life, do we even know that?

It seems to me that we have the keys for life abundantly, all we have to do is use them. Our words make a difference in the lives of people we encounter. The light of Christ shines through us into the world. We are what the Hebrews failed to understand and wound up codifying God’s Word instead of sharing and living it. Praise God that He knew what we are like and sent His Son on our behalf, so that we can be what God intended from the beginning in the Garden.
It is easy to speak words of spite, well he/she didn’t do it the way that Moses/?????? Did it. Pharisee, what is wrong with giving life to those who are in need? What is wrong with a smile, well I don’t feel like it, get over yourself. You want the Holy Spirit? You do not have to speak in tongues to have the Holy Spirit. Allow God to come in and fill you and live the life that is Spirit filled and become a river of living waters for the sake of the world. Amen.