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Reformation 500, Why it Matters, and What it Means to Us

A Homily for Reformation Sunday October 29, 2017 All Saints Anglican Church, Prescott, AZ Text: Topical Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be always acceptable in thy sight, O Lord my strength and my redeemer. Amen. Today is commonly called Reformation Sunday, marking the Sunday before Reformation Day. As you are likely to know, Reformation Day is the Anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 Theses, a list of frustrations, criticisms and complaints with the medieval theology of the Roman Catholic Church of his time. He took this action on the eve of All Saints day. His protest would spark a revolution with both positive and negative consequences for the entire w

Stick to the Old Paths

A Homily for Trinity 19 All Saints Anglican Church, Prescott, AZ Text: Job 24:2a Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be always acceptable in thy sight, O Lord my strength and my redeemer. Amen. As I was reading the lessons for this weekend the phrase “some remove landmarks” caught my attention. The writer was speaking of the wicked act of removing markings either so that the evil person could claim someone else’s possessions as his own or worse so that the sojourner would wander off his safe path and into a trap. As humans, we are prone to wander and get lost on our ways. In speaking of Israel’s sinful ways and by extension all of humanity’s tendency to turn to our own d

The Law of Love

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be always acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, our strength and our redeemer. (Ps 19:14) From today’s Gospel: “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?” (Mt 22:36) [18th Sunday after Trinity, 15 Oct 2017, All Saints, Prescott AZ] In chapter 22 of St. Matthew’s gospel, the Religious Establishment made three attempts to entangle Jesus in a controversy and use His own words against Him. First, the Pharisees sent their disciples to Him, asking whether paying taxes was legal, or not. Jesus told them to “give to Caesar that which is Caesar’s and to God that which is God’s.” (Mt 22:21) His answer embarrassed the Pharisees’ disciples, an

Being Vessels of Honor to the Glory of the Lord

A Homily for Trinity 17 October 8, 2017 All Saints Anglican Church, Prescott, AZ Text: 2 Timothy 2:19-26 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be always acceptable in thy sight, O Lord my strength and my redeemer. Amen I returned early Saturday morning from our provincial synod in Atlanta. Joining the Anglican Province of America at the synod were three other Anglican denominations that stemmed out of the same founding movement in the 1960s and 1970s. We gathered as Christians who had strove to be faithful witnesses for orthodox Anglican Christianity in an age that values that less and less. We gathered to make a commitment to work together for the glory of God. One of the

Rooted and Grounded in the Love of the Lord

A Homily for Trinity 16 October 1, 2017 All Saints Anglican Church, Prescott, AZ Text: Ephesians 3:17 Let the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be always acceptable in thy sight, O lord my strength and my redeemer. Amen. This morning St. Paul talks about being rooted and grounded in the love of God. This is the central ethos of what it means to be a Christian, that all we do is defined by God’s love, we seek to do His will in our daily lives and seek what is best for not only ourselves but all those whom we interact with. This is the Christian call, and it is a difficult call. For to love is to give up ourselves, it is to give up our pride, our vanity, it is to give up our desi

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