Belonging to God

Imagine for a moment entering and being in the place you call home. Now the home I am talking about may or may not be your current home where you live. It may be your grandmother’s house, the family farm or some other place entirely. The point is that this is the place where you feel completely safe and your most... Read More


Remembering & Giving Thanks to Significant People

 Today is Thanksgiving Sunday. This is an opportunity for us as people and a community to pause and give thanks for the many blessings that have come our way this year. The people who have touched our lives deeply, the events and moments of grace that we have encountered in unexpected ways, we give thanks for... Read More


Seeing God in The World

If Jesus came to earth today, would we recognize him? In our gospel today we read about the religious elders trying to catch Jesus out. They are not happy at all. Here comes a young guy who is going around town saying and doing things that are not the norm. We all know the type. These are people who say and do... Read More


Reconcillation: Making People Whole

So I am pretty sure I am not the only parent who experiences the ongoing argument amongst children about what the other person gets versus what they receive. It goes pretty much like this, “Well Charlotte got one, so why can’t I?” Or “But Amelia had a longer turn, why can’t I?” Sound familiar. . .   In today’s... Read More

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Forgiveness & Mercy

Peter comes to Jesus with a question. It is a question that he and the disciples have been wondering about for some time. It is even a question that many of us from time to time may have wondered. How many times should we forgive someone? This is a question that not only applies to ourselves but extends to the... Read More


The Power of the Cross

So here is where I think the problem is. For us who profess the Christian Faith we see the cross as a symbol of grace and liberation. For us the cross represents freedom and knowledge that through the death and resurrection of Jesus, through the cross, we are already saved. So, on the one hand, Yay for us.   But... Read More


The Places Where God Meets Us

So the day had finally come when I got the call. I was a brand new deacon in the Church of God, serving in my first parish, Christ Church Creston. The call was one that I had for a long time been cautiously curious about and at the same time looked forward to. The voice on the other end of the phone, “Is this Fr.... Read More


Building Resistance to Oppression

I wonder what it was like to be living in Ancient Egypt. I wonder what it must have been like for the Israelites who were enslaved to the Egyptians. Imagine working days upon days of constant hard labor, no days off, no vacation, no fair pay; just the opportunity to be a slave based on who you are, your culture,... Read More


Rejecting a Culture of Hate

So I am not going to lie. This is a hard gospel to hear. We read about how Jesus is really not living up to what we expect of him, or even what he might expect from himself. Jesus the man who has done wonderful and amazing things, healing people, casting out demons and spreading a message of hope, liberation and... Read More


Sermon August 13

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