Sermons

“A Seat on the Bus”

[Our guest preacher today was one of our own – Christian Paolino, an LGBT activist. Christian Paolino served between 2002-2014 with both The OASIS (our diocesan LGBT ministry) and Integrity, its church-wide equivalent, serving a term on the national board. He helped introduce Believe Out Loud, the congregational program promoting inclusion and welcome of which Christ Church…

“Baa!”

May God’s words alone be spoken, may God’s words alone be heard.  Amen. What a week this has been.  We had a shooting in San Francisco leaving 4 dead, a shooting at a congressional baseball practice because – well – they were republicans – that left an officer and a congressman in the hospital, a…

“Be Brave”

June 4, 2017 – Pentecost Sunday: May God’s words alone be spoken, may God’s words alone be heard.  Amen. I love the story we celebrate on Pentecost Sunday – you can’t get more dramatic than this – rush of violent winds, tongues of fire (which always sounded to me like the name of a rock…

“Nothing To See Here”

May 28, 2017: May God’s words alone be spoken, may God’s words alone be heard.  Amen. For many, Memorial Day weekend is all about BBQs, family gatherings, and days at the beach or camping.  But that is not what this weekend is supposed to be about.  Originally called Decoration Day, it was a day set…

“Let Us Check Our Hearts”

May 21, 2017 – [We were so happy to welcome Archange Antoine of Faith NJ, as he preached and shared his story with us today.  Mr. Antoine organized the protest marches Mtr. Diana and other clergy participated in to support Catalino Guerrero, who was facing possible deportation. Archange constantly utilizes the power of education, love…

“Living Stones”

May 14, 2017: May God’s words alone be spoken, may God’s words alone be heard.  Amen. I want to wish all the women here a very Happy Mother’s Day.  I say all the women because, even if you are not a mother yourself, you are a daughter to one. But as I note every year,…

“Easter Is For The Empty”

April 30, 2017: May God’s words alone be spoken, may God’s words alone be heard.  Amen. This parish, as joy filled and loving as any I have ever experienced, is walking through a time of grief and despair for several of our sisters and brothers here, and I cannot imagine a more fitting time for…

“Jesus Breathed On Them”

[Our guest preacher was Natalie Marionneaux, our seminarian from Drew University, who is currently discerning ordination to the diaconate in the United Methodist Church.  Natalie is from Baton Rouge, LA]  April 23, 2016: Jesus breathed on them. BREATH gives us life, God gives us existence. You may or may not remember last week on Maundy Thursday,…

“Love Changes Everything”

April 16, 2017 – Easter Sunday: May God’s words alone be spoken, may God’s words alone be heard.  Amen. Christ is risen! [He is risen indeed!] Easter is finally here! And you know what else is here?  My free packet of wildflower seeds from the Honey Nut Cheerio company – sent to me to save…

“The Death Of Truth”

April 14, 2017 – Good Friday: May God’s words alone be spoken, may God’s words alone be heard.  Amen. We have come to this hour – to this moment – to this night. This is the time of betrayal, of denial, of death.  Jesus is crucified.  It is finished. This is not why God became…