Pulpit Posts 2017-06-13T16:32:54+00:00

The Re-Imagining of the Parable of the Talents

We are all familiar with the story of the master who summoned his slaves before going on a journey and entrusted them with his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, each according to his ability. “For the person who uses what he is given will be given more. But the person who is unfaithful, God will take those things away from them.” Let’s look at a story I found and perhaps better understand this parable....

By | November 17th, 2017|

Honoring All Who Serve — Past & Present

Tomorrow, November 11 is Veterans Day, a federal holiday, dating back to the First World War. It was originally called Armistice Day to mark the armistice that ended hostilities between the Allies and the German, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires which was signed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 on a rail carriage in the Compiegne Forest in France. It original purpose was to honor all soldiers who had died in that conflict from 1914-1918. In 1954 Congress passed legislation to rename the day as Veterans Day to honor all veterans of war living and departed....

By | November 10th, 2017|

Some Thoughts on All Saints’ Day — The Ways We Can Experience the Day

This week the church commemorated All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2, and now properly called All Faithful Departed) – we at Holy Apostles will transfer the commemorations to this coming Sunday, November 5. On All Saints’ Day, we remember all saints, known and unknown. But in practice, there was an increasing desire to make a distinction between the better known, exemplary saints (or Saints with a capital “S”), and those small “s” saints who are mostly unknown (such as friends and family). Hence, in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, provision was made to also remember All Faithful Departed on the day following All Saints’ Day. (Many churches combine the days, and transfer them to the nearest Sunday.)...

By | November 3rd, 2017|

Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen and All Who Serve & Are Served

The 35th Anniversary of the Soup Kitchen is a great cause for Thanksgiving. I am only sad that I shall not be part of the formal celebrations since I will be in Australia for my elder sister Jenifer’s funeral and subsequent interment. Having known about the Soup Kitchen since 1983 when I first met Father Rand Frew while I was pursuing post graduate studies at General Seminary, and having been a supporter of its remarkable work since returning to New York in 2003, you can imagine my delight when the Bishop of New York asked me to consider being Interim Pastor of Holy Apostles and Interim Director of the Soup Kitchen....

By | October 27th, 2017|

Do You Bear the Image of God?

Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God, Jesus says. This was in response to the Pharisees who were plotting to trap Jesus asking, "is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?" But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, "why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax. And they brought him a denarius." Then he said to them, "Whose head is this, and whose title?" They answered, "the emperor." Then He said to the, "give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's and to God the things that are God's"... ...Indeed, the image of God in this world can often be difficult to discern. When we look at each other or even observe ourselves in the mirror, we tend to see the marks of the world upon us. We are what we look like, what we have, what we wear, what we do and the friends we have. What we need to see is that underneath all those things is a much deeper mark; the image of the cross engrained upon our hearts and our lives. Christ shining through us. This is the image that God sees among His people and it is that image which God desires us to reflect to the world. Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's. Do you bear the image of God?

By | October 20th, 2017|

Lay Up for Yourselves Treasure in Heaven

When I was a young priest working in my first parish as an assistant to a training Rector I was taught many things which I had not learnt in seminary. Thankfully my Rector, although not an easy man to work for, was a very good teacher. One thing he insisted on was that I learned by heart various parts of the communion service....

By | October 18th, 2017|

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