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Father Patrick's Video Sermons
Leviticus 19: 1, 2, 9-18, 1 Corinthian 3: 10, 11, 16-23, Psalm 119: 33-40, Matthew 5: 38-48
|Pre 2016 Sermons Lists at bottom of page|
What does it mean to be Holy?
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy for I, the Lord your God, am holy.”
I always find it hard for me to think myself holy. It is easy for me to say that I am a sinner in need of God’s grace. Every time I approach the Holy Altar to celebrate Holy Communion at the time of ablution. I say a prayer while I wash my hands, “Holy God, have mercy on me a sinner. Wash me with the blood of Christ to make me whole and holy to stand worthily in the presence of Holy God. Have mercy on me a sinner.” What do you think it means to be holy?” Would you consider it a compliment or insult if somebody called you holy?
In popular culture the word holy is used in different ways. For example if you find somebody is exhibiting spiritual tendencies you may call that person a Holy Roller, or a Holy Joe, or holier than thou. It all depends in what context one is labeling, as it can be an insult or compliment. Many times the church leaders with honorable titles, and televangelists with passionate altar calls who are portraying holier than thou have failed terribly to live up to the mark. In spite of our human failings we still are called by God to strive to be holy as the psalmist prays: Read More
February 11, 2017
Lamentation 3: 22-26, 31, 33, Psalm 104: 25-37, 2
Last Sunday after 10:30 a.m. service we were downstairs sipping coffee and enjoying our gathering. Chip Hayden came to tell us his father had just died. A hush fell over that large room as we realized our parish had lost a dear and faithful parishioner. I heard Dr. Sig Gundersen say: “He was a Phenomenal Man....Read More
Sunday after Epiphany, February 5, 2017
Matthew 5: 13-20
February 13th TIME magazine has an article “It all looks as if the world is preparing for war” written by Mikhail Gorbachev, former leader of the Soviet Union. Terrorism and wars have created such chaos that millions of refugees are seeking a home. He writes:
The current situation is too dangerous. More troops, tanks and armored personnel carriers are being brought to Europe. While state budgets are struggling to find people’s essential social needs, military spending is growing. It all looks as if the world is preparing for war.” Wow! We live in a complex and difficult world.....Read More
Sermon by the Rev. Anne C. Seddon
Text: John 1: 1, 3-4, 14
30th Anniversary of Ordination
We are at the midpoint of the great season of Christmastide. The celebration of God’s greatest gift to us – his LOVE bestowed on us in His beloved Son our Savior, Jesus Christ!
We all know the beautiful story of His birth as proclaimed in the gospel according to Luke. We heard it on Christmas Eve!
And it was filled with wonder indeed. With joy and bright shining stars; with choirs of angels and humble shepherds -- all worshiping in awe the newborn King....Read More
Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 18, 2016
Isaiah 7: 10—16, Matthew 1:18-25
We have finally arrived at the fourth Sunday of Advent. We are almost ready to celebrate Christmas, but not yet. We all understand that Christmas is the largest and single most celebrated event around the world. American culture and media both load Christmas with expectations of family harmony and good cheer. I like this image even as it is a false one. These images and expectations allow Hallmark and the shopping mall catalog to define the “perfect Christmas.” Today’s text reminds us that the preparations for the first Christmas were anything but conventional and were far from “proper.” Joseph, whom the text calls a righteous man, discovers that his soon-to-be wife is pregnant. Joseph is horrified to learn this fact about the pregnancy of Mary. On the other hand Mary, a young Virgin, is full of wonderment as she had never known a man. She questions the proclamation of the angel: “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” (Luke 1: 34). After hearing the reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew one may ask a question: “Could two people be more different?” ....Read More