A Baccalaureate Address

For the Incline High School Class of 2018 1 Peter 5:5 “Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Galatians 5:13 “For you were called to freedom, brethren: only do not turn... Continue Reading →

Encounter “I AM”

Trinity Sunday, Year B Isaiah 6:1-8 Throughout our Judeo-Christian Scriptures, we are given a plethora of names for understanding the mystery that is the One God, the Divine.  Over the past couple of months—since our glorious Easter celebration—, we have encountered the Risen God—Jesus Christ.  We have encountered the Good Shepherd and the Vine grower.  We have encountered Abba,... Continue Reading →

Holy Discomfort

A Sermon for Pentecost Sunday, Year B I don’t know if y’all will believe this, but I was a really shy child growing up.  It was painful at times.  And it wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy the company of others, or didn’t like conversing with friends and family, but new situations, new individuals, new thresholds were... Continue Reading →

Our Story

An Easter Spoken-word Sermon "So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid" (Mark 16:8, NRSV). Today Today should be a celebration Today should begin our commemoration For today we exclaim the resurrection Of our Lord and Savior... Continue Reading →

Sir, We Wish to See Jesus!

"They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, 'Sir, we wish to see Jesus'” (John 12:21).  May I speak to you in the name of the One, Holy, and Living God.  Amen. I don’t know if y’all have noticed, but I have a habit of saying some phrases like: “yes sir,"... Continue Reading →

Agape

The Fourth Sunday in Lent “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”  May I speak to you in the name of the one God: Lover, Beloved, Love. Amen. The English language is sometimes quite limited in its vocabulary.  There are instances when... Continue Reading →

Retrace and Rewrite

First Sunday in Lent, Year B My first hike up the old, eternal Cave Rock—situated on the Eastern shore of our lake—occurred on February 12th, 2015.  It was my first and thankfully not my last trip to Tahoe.  My beloved had taken me on a pilgrimage to sacred sites surrounding the Lake.  The day was unseasonably warm... Continue Reading →

Lent and Love: The Perfect Pair

Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018 My friends, our Ash Wednesday observances and the feast of St. Valentine do not appear to go hand in hand.  In fact, in many ways they seem to be exact opposites—evoking a varied array of emotions within us as we consider the implications of each day.  And yet (through coincidence or perhaps... Continue Reading →

Commitment to Community

Last Sunday after the Epiphany Will you continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in the prayers? Over the course of this Epiphany season—a season when we celebrate Christ’s mission and ministry in the world, those numerous miraculous, mountaintop experiences—, we at St. Patrick’s have had our own occasions to celebrate, our... Continue Reading →

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