John

A Spirit of Peace

Pentecost, May 15, 2016 Based on Genesis 11:1-9, Acts 2:1-21, John 14:8-27 Fr. Benjamin Thomas

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The Coming of Christ

Christmas Day, based on Hebrews 1:1-12 and John 1:1-14 Fr. Benjamin Thomas On Christmas Day, I wonder what it would be like for a person who was completely new to Christmas to to come into this service and in the spirit of Charlie Brown declare: “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”…

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God’s Dreams

November 22, 2015 based on Daniel 7, Revelation 1, and John 18 Father Benjamin Thomas Every year around Easter, I start to dream, and it’s awful. I wake up and start about my day only to realize that it is Sunday. After rushing around at the house, I wind up at the Cathedral. The church…

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A Message People are Dying to Hear

November 1, 2015, The Feast of All Saints, based on John 11:32-44 Father Benjamin Thomas I’d like to start with a little quiz. Please identify the following three creatures.  Raise your hand when you know what I am talking about. Creature number one is a pale, misty shape, that floats along above the ground. It…

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Would You Strangle a Cat?

August 23, 2015, based on Joshua 24:14-18 and John 6:56-59 Fr. Benjamin Thomas Jesus said, “Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This…

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Does Jesus Irritate You?

August 9, 2015, based on John 6:35-51 Fr. Benjamin Thomas For the last several months, there has been a struggle unfolding between Christian congregations and the Communist party in China. For reasons known only to Chinese political officials, the cross which has traditionally topped Christian houses of worship has been under attack. Old building codes…

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Pavlov’s Miracle

July 26, 2015, based on 2 Kings 4: 42-44, Psalm 145, John 6:1-21 Fr. Benjamin Thomas The eyes of all wait upon thee, O Lord, and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and fillest all things living with plenteousness. During the last decade of the 19th century, a Russian…

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Why the Trinity?

Trinity Sunday, May 31, 2015, based on Romans 8:12-17 and John 3:1-17 Fr. Matthew Kemp The church is out of touch with contemporary culture. We know this from a very recent study released by the Pew Research Center titled, “America’s Changing Religious Landscape.” It surveyed people across the nation on their religious affiliation, and then…

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The Advocate

May 17, 2015, based on John 17:6-10 Fr. Matthew Kemp If we were to think about the greatest American presidents, Abraham Lincoln would probably make most of our short lists. After all, he ended slavery, won the Civil War, and even paid the ultimate price for his leadership and goodwill. Yet he did none of…

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Pruning your Life

Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 10, 2015, based on John 15:1-17 Fr. Benjamin Thomas For a couple of weeks now, the gospel readings from John Chapter 15 have turned our attention to the production of spiritual fruit. In case you missed that message, here are a few snippets to help jog your memory: “I am…

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