Friends of Jesus

A Lectionary Reflection for the people of Thankful Memorial Episcopal Church for worship from home, May 9, 2021 Year B, 6 Easter Listen here to an audio recording of this reflection Acts 10:44-48Psalm 981 John 5:1-6John 15:9-17 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. On Mother’s…

When God Loves First

A Lectionary Reflection for the people of Thankful Memorial Episcopal Church for worship from home, May 2, 2021 Year B, 5 Easter Listen here for an audio recording of this reflection Acts 8:26-40Psalm 22:24-301 John 4:7-21John 14:1-8 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. Mothers’ Day…

A Piece of Broiled Fish

A Lectionary Reflection for the people of Thankful Memorial Episcopal Church for worship from home, April 18, 2021 Year B, 3 Easter Listen to an audio recording of this sermon here Acts 3:12-19Psalm 41 John 3:1-7Luke 24: 36b-48 In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. Although…

White-ish, Part II

A note to my readers: Some time ago, I published a blogpost in which I referred to myself as “sort of” white.  I got an inordinate amount of feedback, both positive and negative, some just curious, some weirdly aggressive, about my use of “sort of” in that context.  In an attempt to unpack that phrase,…

Ash: Part Two

A note to my readers: this post is the second part to another one, published at the very beginning of Lent. As I write this now, it is Good Friday. So much has happened in the wilderness in between. But the promises of God still stand. For a moment, I thought about staying in the…

The Trauma of the Empty Tomb

A Lectionary Reflection for the people of Thankful Memorial Episcopal Church for worship from home, April 4, 2021 Year B, Easter Day Listen to an audio recording of this reflection here Acts 10:34-43Psalm 118:1-2, 14-241 Corinthians 15:1-11Mark 16:1-8 In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. “So…

Don’t Put Jesus in the Freezer!

A Lectionary Reflection for the people of Thankful Memorial Episcopal Church for worship from home, February 14, 2021, Year B, Last Epiphany Listen here for an audio recording of this sermon 2 Kings 2:1-12Psalm 50:1-62 Corinthians 4:3-6Mark 9:2-9 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. On…

Ash Part One

I was not expecting the holiness.  The messiness, yes.  I was expecting that.  The time it took: these things always take a ridiculous amount of time, so I knew to set aside at least 90 minutes, maybe more.  Mostly I was expecting detail-work, maybe a little tediousness.  So the holiness took me completely by surprise.…

Do Church

From the beginning of the pandemic, I decided to refrain from doing any sort of video recording for Sunday morning worship for my congregation.  Thankful Church offers no livestreaming or pre-recorded liturgy for our congregants.  Instead, for numerous reasons that I won’t get into here, each week, I have provided my parishioners with various materials…