Psalm

The Practice of Prayer

Sunday, May, 29, 2016 Based on 1 Kings 8:22-23, 41-43; Psalm 96:1-9, Luke 7:1-10 Fr. Benjamin Thomas

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Don’t Use the Wrong Fork

Sunday, June 12, 2016 Based on 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13-15; Psalm 32; Luke 7:36-8:3 Fr. Benjamin Thomas

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What Makes You so Special?

October 4, 2015, based on Genesis 2:8-14, Psalm 8, Hebrews 1:1-2:12, and Mark 10:2-16 Fr. Benjamin Thomas What is man that you should be mindful of him? the son of man that you should seek him out? -Psalm 8:5 This line from today’s Psalm poses a profound question: why does God bother with human beings…

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Putting the Clues Together

June 21, 2015, based on Job 38:1-11; Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32; and Mark 4:35-41 Fr. Matthew Kemp It is a relatively young yet immensely popular genre of literature: Mystery fiction. Authors like Arthur Conan Doyle or Agatha Christie are still being read today, not to mention numerous contemporary writers, or the various movies and television series…

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Always, Always, Always

March 8, 2015, Based on Exodus 20 and Psalm 19 Fr. Benjamin Thomas Some time ago, I was speaking with David Nichols, our Jr. Warden. You may have seen David around here fixing something, moving furniture, or otherwise performing the many duties of the Jr. Warden. What may not be immediately apparent when David is…

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Fasting for Joy

Ash Wednesday (February 18, 2015), based on Psalm 103 Fr. Matthew Kemp “Nor shall all iron dooms make dumb Men wondering ceaselessly, If it be not better to fast for joy Than feast for misery.” These words come from a narrative poem by G. K. Chesterton titled “The Ballad of the White Horse.”  It tells…

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Under Water

January 11, 2014, based on Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; and Mark 1:4-11 Fr. Matthew Kemp When I was in college I spent a week in New Orleans working on houses for Habitat for Humanity. It was March 2007–a year and a half after Hurricane Katrina had flooded most of the city and displaced hundreds of…

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Joyful Expectation

December 14, 2014, based on Isaiah 61:1-4,8-11; Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 Fr. Matthew Kemp Any time someone walks into an ornate church building like ours for the first time, they inevitably have numerous questions to ask about what they see: the architecture, the windows, the ceremony, and so forth. Recently it occurred to me…

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Perpetual Advent

November 30, 2014, based on Isaiah 64:1-9 and Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18 Fr. Matthew Kemp A few years ago, while perusing a church rummage sale, my wife and I came upon a DVD set of a British TV show from the 1950s titled The Adventures of Robin Hood, starring Richard Greene in the lead role. This…

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The Wrathful Love of God

November 16, 2014, based on Zephaniah 1:7,12-18; Psalm 90:1-12; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; and Matthew 25:14-30. Fr. Matthew Kemp “You’re in trouble now.” We have all heard those words at some point, whether from the mouth of someone else or from within ourselves. We heard them as children when we were caught in the act of…

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