Pulpit Posts2017-06-13T16:32:54+00:00

Take My Hand | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

There is an amazing scene in the movie Selma where Martin Luther King Jr. phones gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in the middle of the night. It’s 1964; the 16th St. Baptist Church has been bombed by the Ku Klux Klan and four little girls killed in the explosion. The Civil Rights Movement is facing obstruction from elected leaders on key issues. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover is trying to discredit Dr. King by disrupting his marriage. Shaken and unable to sleep due to mounting pressures and stress, Dr. King calls Mahalia Jackson and asks her to sing; to “share the Lord’s voice” with him....

By |January 15th, 2021|

What’s In A Name? | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Happy 2021! And Merry Christmas! And a Blessed Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus! We often think of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day as purely secular affairs. If we haven’t already put away our decorations, we are starting to make plans to do so. All the “best of” lists have been published (something of a challenge for 2020 in all categories) and the holiday music has been shelved for another year. Maybe we are starting to commit to resolutions and look ahead to post-holiday business. The party, whatever it looked like for us this year, is over....

By |January 1st, 2021|

The Blessings of Community | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector

As we celebrate Christmas (and remember that the season lasts for twelve whole days!), and prepare for the changing of the year, it is natural to reflect back on 2020. And while the year’s awful events were unprecedented for the vast majority of us, there were also unprecedented opportunities to connect, to serve others, and to give thanks....

By |December 25th, 2020|

Knit One | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

My grandmother was an amazing knitter. She had brilliant skill with all handicrafts, actually, and could embroider and quilt and sew clothes with the best. But when it came to knitting, she was the reigning and undisputed queen. There was nothing she didn’t know, and nothing she couldn’t create—seemingly without effort. Odds and ends of yarn would be transformed into something useful and surprisingly beautiful. She could go into a movie theater and emerge after the film with a completed pair of patterned mittens she had made, in the dark, during the show....

By |December 18th, 2020|

Sent By God | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

God in his wisdom has chosen to use human witnesses to bear witness to the light so that the world may believe. Why does God send human witnesses at all? When you think about it does God really need our help? God has chosen weak vessels to display his great power to witness to the light and to push back the darkness. That is what he did with John the Baptist. Jesus of all people, God in the flesh, did not need help but he sent John. But God in his wisdom has chosen this way. This has two implications for all of us....

By |December 11th, 2020|

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