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Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.  Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.   Joshua 1:8; Philippians 4:8

24 Dec 2022    Christmas--St. John Chrysostom’s Nativity Sermon
Seeing that men, abandoning Him, fashioned for themselves idols, to which, offending God, they gave adoration, for which cause, on this day, the Word of God being truly God, appeared in the form of man, that He might set aright this falsehood; and in a veiled manner, has turned all adoration unto Himself.
20 Nov 2022    Sunday Before Advent--SEEING BEYOND THE MUNDANE REALITY
Are we able to envision the miracles the Lord has in store of us? Can we see beyond what all the mundane forces in the world seem to be trying to compel us to see? 
13 Nov 2022    Trinity 22---SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN
Jesus gave us a parable about forgiveness in the Gospel. To bring this into somewhat modern terms-- our forgiving others should be countless because we are counting on God’s mercy to be greater still—beyond all imagining.
6 Nov 2022    Trinity 21--HOW STRONG IS YOUR FAITH
When our Lord prayed that the cup pass from His lips, he added that this could only be true if it is first and foremost the will of His Father. And that is where we are: our humble, respectful prayers are answered if we too say—but first THY will be done—on earth as it is in heaven.
30 Oct 2022    Trinty 20--SALVATION'S INVITATION
“Dost thou renounce the devil and all his works--and the sinful desires of the flesh? Dost thou believe in Jesus the Christ--and desire to follow him as thy Saviour and Lord?” We in the Anglican Church Worldwide have received with joy our guest invitations to the King’s feast. This invitation means salvation for us! 
It is Jesus who restores mankind in righteousness-- True forgiveness must come from the heart. --How often does Jesus say we should forgive those who offend us?  Are we able to live to the standard He has set for us?
16 Oct 2022    Trinity 18--TO LOVE IN THE RIGHT PRIORITY ORDER
What, then, does it mean to love God with all our heart, soul and mind?  It is total commitment.  We must worship Him with our whole selves. -- We are called to love our neighbor recognizing him or her as another creature made in God’s image. 
The real lesson--is a matter of where we stand before God.  It is about that commodity so rare today—humility. --Life is full of such lessons telling us that having a good sense of humility is a healthier attitude.  But the world today seems to have completely forgotten this. --But this especially applies to our relationship with God.  Our faith emphasizes the need to humble ourselves before God regularly, to recognize our sins and short fallings. --Humility requires honesty about ourselves before God.
--Christians do have hope—a real and ever-present promise from our Savior. --  We must not succumb to the deceptions they have raised before us.  The idols of this world are rarely those of stone and wood that the Old Testament warns us against: the modern world’s idols are possessiveness, gratification of desires, and hated and anger toward others. 
25 Sep 2022    Trinity 15--"NO MAN CAN SERVE TWO MASTERS"
We can’t be at war within ourselves over our allegiance to Him. - Is it this life’s pleasures we are seeking or eternal life?- God sees what you decide and knows just how important your decision is.  Do you?-  It’s clear that riches won’t win one salvation. 
18 Sep 2022    Trinity 14--GIVE GOD THANKS
Surely, it is the Spirit of God moving in his and our very being that makes us recognize how important it is to give God thanks first.
11 Sep 2022    Trinity 13 -- THE GOOD SAMARITAN
 He sent His Good Samaritan—Jesus Christ His Son, to rescue us on this perilous road of grief and sorrow.  We can’t get to our true destination on our own.  He literally had to heal our wounds, pay our bill, and offer the promise of payment for our future failings.  He did this by His death on the cross. 
4 Sep 2022    Trinity 12-- "OPEN YOUR HEARTS"
We need to be open in two ways:  open to receive and open to give.  We are prepared to receive God’s will for us, and we are open to give to others out of all the riches we have received from Him.  “Open your hearts”.
28 Aug 2022    Trinity 11--IS YOUR PRAYER "JUSTIFIED"?
Spiritual arrogance is the greatest danger in the pilgrimage of our spiritual lives. There can be no prayer when we are not open to the otherness of God and to one another.  There can be no prayer when we are closed in upon ourselves, focused on our own supposed righteousness.  In short, there can be no prayer without humility. 
21 Aug 2022    Trinity 10--"JESUS WEPT."
Mankind can easily turn “the truth of God into a lie,” and we end up worshiping and serving “the creature more than the Creator.” --So, our text today warns us about the terrible danger of unbelief, for the unbeliever finally destroys himself by his denial.  --just as Jesus wept over Jerusalem, so He weeps over every lost, exiled soul. He weeps that people continue to be ignorant of what makes for peace. He weeps that people still do not recognize the time of His coming.
14 Aug 2022    Trinity 9--THE PRODIGAL SON
 It’s worth taking a moment to think about the state the prodigal son had fallen into, the state of sin -- departure and distance from God -- a spending state -- sin is a wanting state -- we become servants of the prince of this world through greed, filth, and immorality. Souls separated from God are lost souls.  The only cure from the madness is for us to come to our senses.  --a man is alive when he is found again by God’s love. 
The separation of religion from life, secularism, is a very subtle thing.--secularism is deceptive--trying to tear us away from Jesus and his Church.--Sometimes, some of the things that they say appeal to us as true and beneficial.  So, Jesus was warning us, and He says, beware, "they come in sheep’s clothing but are ravenous. "By their fruits, you will know them”.
Today, the breaking of bread in Holy Communion~~is another sign of Jesus’ presence among us.  He comes to be in us and we in Him.  This has always been the way for Christians.~~We truly are what we eat.  We take the Lord in and His grace.
"A sacrifice of praise will glorify me;" --  "If you are reconciled with the one you thought of as an enemy, through your love to him you will also make me happy and will be able to offer your sacrifice [to God] with great confidence.”  "Let not the sun go down upon your wrath.”
Our salvation -- is somehow beyond this world. -- The Church is -- dedicated to a new and heavenly life -- fishing us out of the sea of our worldliness and bringing us safe to the Lord’s harbor. -- It is the calling of the apostles to be fishers of men -- and that is the calling of every church and of every Christian. That is the vocation of our Church.
10 Jul 2022    TRINITY 4 -- "JUDGE NOT"
“Judge not,” Jesus commands. Yet, our world is filled with just this sort of judgment against others. -- Our distorted vision of things is because of our vices. -- The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it. -- By His light, our knowledge of self and of others is increased.
3 Jul 2022    TRINITY 3 -- SHEEP And COINS / GOD'S GRACE
~~ the recognition of our sin and the great blessing of God’s grace lead us into joy.  Like the lost sheep and the lost coin, we are lifted up into the joys of heaven.
The banquet that you and I have been invited to this morning is a very special one. Here at this time we do the most important thing that we can  do this week. We offer ourselves, all that we are and have - body and soul - to God our Father, through and with Christ our Lord.
What is it that Jesus really wants us to understand? Jesus would say, "Whatever you have is a gift from God; use it.~ be a people who care about one another because this will truly identify you as My followers.” ~ We are to give what we have to those who need it. 
12 Jun 2022    THE HOLY TRINITY
What does our Church teach about the Trinity? That God is One and that he is Three-In-One. That the Father is not the Son nor is the Son the Father and that the Holy Spirit is neither the Father nor the Son.
Happy Birthday!  Pentecost marks the fiftieth day after Easter and celebrates the birthday of the Church through the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the disciples who “were all together in one place”. 
Our daily struggles, great and small, are important to God who loves us Christ’s Ascension was a promise to the faithful that they would one day follow Him where fallen man has no right to go... 
The name "rogation" means "prayer of petition." ~In our prayers is our faith and hope. ~A day should not pass in which we don't express our thanks to Him for all the blessings of this life. 
The Comforter is the Holy Spirit, the bond of love of the Father and the Son bestowed upon us by the promises of the Father and the Son. 
In our Gospel today, Jesus was trying to warn his apostles of the separation to come. “…but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.”  
A sheep that strays too far from the flock is a natural victim for the wolves of this world, animal or human. ~We always have a choice. ~On this day, you and I will offer God an obedient heart and soul and will follow after His Good Shepherd. 
24 Apr 2022    EASTER 1--PEACE BE WITH YOU
"My Father hath sent me, even so send I you." How do we do what Jesus has asked us to do? ~ Develop your own special way as a Christian to work out that mission from Jesus because you too have been sent. ~ For this the Church exists.  We are the Body of Christ.
This is the day which the Lord hath made / let us rejoice and be glad in it”; Easter Day--a joyful day surpassing all our other days: Christ is Risen!
10 Apr 2022    Palm Sunday--THE SON Of GOD
As we follow the Lord through this Holy Week, let us remember to put our sights on what He taught us and the Commandments He declared for us to follow.~~The signs of His glory are the signs of body broken and blood outpoured.  That is the glory we celebrate from this Palm Sunday and throughout every day of our lives.
2 Apr 2022    Passion Suday--WAY OF THE CROSS
Today, on Passion Sunday, we enter the final two weeks of Lent... we must pass through Christ’s passion and walk the way of the cross with Him to enter into Easter. ~ Because Jesus of Nazareth is God~ Son~ Christ~ Anointed One~ promised Messiah~ He must die.  The Blood of Christ can—cleanse us forever from our sins and give us a new and eternal life in God’s service.
27 Mar 2022    Fourth Sunday In Lent--THAT HE MAY DWELL IN US AND WE IN HIM
In the Gospel today, we look both into the past and into a future time to see how God has built the pathway of our salvation. ~ When we hear the story of ~ the feeding of   five thousand~ it reminds us of how, when we go on a journey of prayer and penitence, He feeds us. ~ God gives us the strength and the direction for our journey this holy Lenten season and always
20 Mar 2022    Third Sunday of Lent--“HE WHO Is NOT WITH ME Is AGAINST ME.”
So in the Gospel this Sunday, there is a picture of the housecleaning of our souls. ~ without the Holy Spirit, our housecleaning will leave us truly empty and in despair. ~ housecleaning of our souls is really about setting our houses in order so that our souls are places fit for God.  ~  “Am I on Christ’s side or not?” ~ “Blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it”
13 Mar 2022    Second Sunday of Lent - -SILENCE SPEAKS--GREAT FAITH
In silence, Jesus searches all our hearts, and His silence is more potent than speech. ~ God does not meet us half-way because He, too, goes the whole way.  It is only through His humiliation that there can be hope of our redemption. ~  God giveth grace unto the humble”, even abundant grace.
6 Mar 2022    First Sunday of Lent--JESUS' TEMPTATION
In this season of Lent we are led up by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness just like Jesus. ~  Lent reminds us that there needs to be a time for quiet reflection. Make your own special wilderness time and reflect on the Lord’s great victory in temptation. 
27 Feb 2022    Quinquagesima -- Sunday Before Lent ~ THE WAY OF THE CROSS
We as Christians have one great advantage over those who idolize the things of this world: we KNOW we are blind and ignorant and do not always act in accordance with God’s laws and commandments. ~ Lent is the pilgrimage of love.  It is the season of mercy.  We are called to repentance for without that we cannot turn to God.
20 Feb 2022    Sexagesima Sunday -- SEEDS FALL ON GOOD AND BAD SOIL
The world is full of subtle enticements to spoil the seed of the Sower. It takes real personal strength to resist the thorns. When the people are deprived of the word of  God worship fades away around the world and through time; the faith at such times must struggle even to survive. 


13 Feb 2022    Septuagesima Sunday -- WORKERS OF THE VINEYARD
He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive... The work in the vineyard requires many hands. Some come to the work with eagerness; some are latecomers but still help make progress
6 Feb 2022    5th Sunday After Epiphany - THE KINGDOM Of GOD
Today’s gospel is one of Jesus’ many parables about the Kingdom of Heaven and how the Church here on earth figures into building it.
29 Jan 2022    4th Sunday After Epiphany -- JESUS DELIGHTS IN OUR FAITH
Like true Christian soldiers, we must be ready to follow the Lord’s commands to demonstrate our love and devotion. Do we show such confidence in the power of our Lord?  Do we recognize all that He does for us every day?  
22 Jan 2022    3rd Sunday After Epiphany -- ARE WE LISTENING?
God has been generous with gifts of the Holy Spirit.  We are all blessed with them in a great variety of ways.  We need to assure children of this great gifts that they each have.  God governs all things in heaven and earth; it is He who makes all things new.
16 Jan 2022    2nd Sunday After Epiphany -- THE BAPTISM OF JESUS
The word epiphany literally means “manifestation of the divine.” In the Church, the season of Epiphany is marked by three events in Jesus’ life. ...coming of the three wise men.  By fulfilling the Old Testament prophecies...the workings of God were made manifest in Jesus for the first time. There is Jesus’ miracle at the wedding feast in Cana...a foreshadowing of Holy Communion.  The third epiphany event is the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the Jordan River, the subject of our Gospel today.
9 Jan 2022    1st Sunday After Epiphany -- THE GLORY of GOD in the FACE of JESUS CHRIST
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." (2 Corin. 4.6) He is our light today and always.
2 Jan 2022    2nd Sunday After Christmas Day -- NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS
Let us now prepare ourselves to do better.  It is not too late!  By the Lord’s undeserved mercy we are still in this world in 2022, and it is not too late!  Only remember that whatever good desires God puts into our hearts—we should remember to keep them there...
26 Dec 2021    1st Sunday After Christmas Day - GOD IS WITH US
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Christmas is the great feast of the Incarnation.  As we remember the coming of the Son of God this Christmastide, we should also turn our attention to the desperate needs of those less fortunate around us.
25 Dec 2021    CHRISTMAS DAY
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. God is Light, and in Him is no darkness at all. The Presence of God is Light, His absence is darkness. In the Sacrament, as in Him Who gave it, is Life, “and that Life is the Light of men.”
19 Dec 2021    Advent 4 -- HE CAME TO SAVE US
The Redeemer has not missed a day of our lives.  We may have forgotten from time to time, but He has not...This is a time to renew our prayer life, meditate on the Scripture, and to welcome the Lord into our lives asking forgiveness for our sins and thanking God for all his gifts to us.     
12 Dec 2021    Advent 3 - THE ROLE OF TODAY'S MESSENGER
As Christians we have been blessed with a great treasure which we are obligated to share with all those who we find are open to accept the Good News.   ...and be faithful examples of Jesus’ light and love to all those around us. 
4 Dec 2021    Advent 2 -- GOD of HOPE
Whatsoever things were written aforetime, says St. Paul, were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. ... Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost
27 Nov 2021    Advent 1 -- JESUS CLEANSED THE TEMPLE
Jesus is coming today to the Temple of our souls. This is where God dwells within us... Advent is a time to remember that Christ’s coming into the world is a profound act of love by our God... Advent is our wake-up call. It’s time to get started.
21 Nov 2021    Sunday Before Advent -- WITH GOD THERE IS A WAY
Are we able to envision the miracles the Lord has in store of us?  Can we see beyond what all the mundane forces in the world seem to be trying to compel us to see?
14 Nov 2021    Trinity 24 -- "TOUCH ME AND BELIEVE"
How thankful we should be with all the gifts Our Lord has provided for us in this life. How we can with a willing heart hear and respond to His great and powerful miraculous healings...
The Church is not the enemy of government. ...It is our duty as citizens to obey the laws of our land. As we render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, we need also to render unto God the things that are His.
30 Oct 2021    Trinity 22 -- SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN
We can think of many things that seem to be beyond our forgiveness. ...We need to so follow the Lord’s admonition that we can find ways in our lives to truly and earnestly forgive others and bring peace to our world. ...We must always remember to forgive so that God will forgive us.
23 Oct 2021    Trinity 21 -- The Seventh Hour
The people with false faith will learn nothing even with a direct confrontation with the Lord... There are many who desperately need our prayers for health, safety, comfort, and renewed faith. When the news we  receive back is full of despair of hopelessness, then we too are called upon to persevere in our prayers.
17 Oct 2021    Trinity 20 -- Invitation to the King's Banquet
God has ever acted to preserve the faithful and separate them from those who have forgotten their commitments to Him. 
10 Oct 2021    Trinity 19 -- Jesus Forgives
And how about our own acts of forgiveness?  We often hear, “I forgive, but I can’t forget.”  I think we know that this is no real forgiveness at all. 
6 Oct 2021    Trinity 18 -- “What Think Ye of Christ?” St. Matt. 22:42
Today, in these critical times, we need to remember that the proper relationship with our neighbors can’t be worked out unless we have put the love God in first place.
26 Sep 2021    Trinity 17 - Pride Goeth Before the Fall
Our faith emphasizes the need to humble ourselves before God regularly, to recognize our sins and short fallings... He doesn't want us to fall prey to the illness of pride. 
19 Sep 2021    Trinity 16 - Jesus Was Not Asked to do Anything
Many of us have been touched of late by death given COVID and other health problems... the Anglican Church Worldwide mourns the passing of our beloved Archbishop Hartley Ward...  We who mourn are often left drained and feeling hopeless... Yet, we Christians do have hope... We are reminded of this in the Gospel today.
12 Sep 2021    Trinity 15 - Be Not Therefore Anxious
Be not therefore anxious for the morrow:  For the morrow will be anxious for itself.
5 Sep 2021    Trinity 14 - Story of the Ten Lepers
We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all, for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
29 Aug 2021    Trinity 13 - The Good Samaritan
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.    John 13:34
22 Aug 2021    Trinity 12
For us to be truly open, we must be ready to receive and give.  What we have received--the gifts of God in our lives--we must be ready to give to others. 


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