Sermon: "Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low"

In the Gospel this morning we read that John the Baptist began his ministry of repentance in the region of Galilee. Those who heard of him recalled the writings of the Prophet Isaiah who spoke of a messenger crying in the wilderness to prepare the way of the Lord. To make the crooked ways straight and have the mountains and hills be made low. Read more

Sermon: An Advent People

The Gospel lesson presents strange and disturbing images. Jesus mentions "signs in the sun, moon and stars, distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and waves. People fainting from fear and foreboding, the powers of the heavens shaken. Read more

Sermon: What's in a Name?

Juliet, under the prompting of William Shakespeare, asked "What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." And perhaps it would, but she was to discover that names are indeed very important. Names are essential for communication and understanding. They evoke emotional responses. Perhaps joy and anticipation. Read more

Sermon: All Saints Sunday

As the familiar strains of "For All the Saints..." still hang in the air I want to welcome all the saints here today. For those of you who are visiting, a special welcome and invitation to join with us on the flip side of the Halloween coin. Read more

Sermon: Healing of Bart

I am delighted to be here today and I want to thank Rev. Poppe and Martha Gardner for allowing me to come and preach and participate in a forum where I can share my work with you. I work for The Apostles House in Newark. This is a familiar entity no doubt to many of you especially long time members as St. Georges’. Twenty five years ago St. Read more

Sermon: Salted with Fire

For those of you who scratched you head at the Gospel phrase "salted with fire..." you are not alone. No one knows what that means, not even the commentaries. There are plenty of suggested meanings, but none that are definitive. And I like that. Read more

Sermon: Living Bread

In the name of the Living God, our Rock, our Redeemer. Amen.> Read more

Sermon: "Thou Art the Man"

The old TV melodrama series would sometimes begin with the words, "Last week, as you recall..." to sum up the story so far before the current chapter was about to play. Since we’ve been reading the continuous story from the 2nd Book of Samuel about the rise of King David and his adventures, I thought of that melodramatic beginning. Read more

Sermon: God Calming the Storm

A few nights ago I was in Rhode Island. I was visiting my parents, but the purpose for the visit was to be supportive of them while my mother had hip replacement surgery. The operation went well and she’s bracing herself for the difficult period of rehabilitation. The rest of us are bracing for that as well! There’s going to be a lot of shuffling around to accommodate the work of healing, but at least it’s begun. Anticipation of the event can be stress producing in one way, but when the surgery is over and it’s clear that the operation was a success, the relief that brings makes the rest of the work, as difficult as it will be, more manageable - or at least in a different and less threatening perspective. Read more

Sermon: Dancing Before the Lord

David danced before the Lord. There was a big celebration and parade as they escorted the Ark of the Covenant from its traditional northern home to Jerusalem, David’s new capital city. The Ark, long before it was lost and retrieved by raiders, was a relatively small, decorative container for the stone tablets marking the ten commandments. Read more