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

Valentine’s Day Agape | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

The musical Come from Away has been running on Broadway since it opened in 2013. It is adored by those who have seen it. Tourists and residents alike continue to fill seats at the Schoenfeld Theater, and no wonder. The show tells a story of open hearts and generosity in the midst of heartache and fear. The plot is based on something that really happened: in the aftermath of the attacks on September 11, 2001, when airplanes were grounded in the U.S., 6600 passengers and crew from 38 planes originally scheduled to fly into our country were diverted to the small town of Gander, Newfoundland.... ...Although romance is the main focus of Valentine’s Day, the real St. Valentine was a healer who ministered to Christians who were persecuted in the earliest days of the church. His actions embodied Christ’s command to love others through acts of mercy. His commitment to Christ was made visible in his commitment to those around him who needed help....

By |February 14th, 2020|

You are the Light of the World, the Salt of the Earth | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

Light is a very common metaphor in the Bible. Along with darkness, light is often used to contrast. Light allows people to see. We can’t see without light. Christians show the world how much God loves them and what Jesus has done to restore their relationship with him. We are meant to be conspicuous to others. Christians must set the example. Suppose there is a group of people and someone suggests they do something bad. Unless someone speaks up and protests, the wrong action will be acted upon. But if someone rises and says, “I will not be a party to that,” then another may rise to say, “neither will I” Christians must take the lead and not remain silent....

By |February 7th, 2020|

C for Community | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

n her book Illuminated Life, Joan Chittister shares a story from the tradition of the Desert Fathers and Mothers that describes Abba John visiting Abba Paesius. Abba John was the abbot of a large monastery, while Abba Paesius had been living far off in the desert for over forty years. They were close and could speak openly with one another, so when Abba John approached he asked his friend, “What good have you done by living here in retreat for so long, and not being easily disturbed by anyone?” Paesius replied, “Since I have lived in solitude, the sun has never seen me eating.” Abba John paused, and then said back to him, “As for me, since I have been living with others, it has never seen me angry.”...

By |January 31st, 2020|

Florence Li Tim Oi: Much-Beloved Daughter and Priest | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector

On Friday, January 24, we celebrate the ordination of Florence Li Tim-Oi, the first woman priest in the Anglican Communion who was ordained in 1944!  Her name is a combination of the name she was given by her father when she was born in Hong Kong (Li Tim-Oi, meaning “much beloved daughter”) and the name she chose when she was baptized as a student (Florence, in honor of Florence Nightingale)....

By |January 24th, 2020|

Countercultural Greatness | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

On one of the ordinary days in between Thanksgiving and Christmas last month, I entered our soup kitchen and was greeted by boxes. A lot of them. There were probably 15 large cardboard containers that had been shipped to us from an unknown source. And around the boxes stood a group of HASK staff, one of whom eventually opened the closest one. Inside were lots and lots of white, lunch sized bags. Each was beautifully decorated with a child’s drawing; brightly colored, some with messages as well. And in each bag were non-perishable snack and beverage items....

By |January 17th, 2020|

God Is Calling, Will You Answer? | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

Jesus’ submission to baptism was no simple act of personal piety. Jesus saw John’s baptism and fiery preaching as a declaration that there would be a new world order where God will set right what the evil world did wrong. By submitting to John’s baptism, Jesus declared that he was ready for this new world order he is to start with His ministry. We as Christians are called to live our baptism. We can’t afford to make ourselves comfortable or do only what will be appreciated or be satisfied with the way things are. We have to struggle with what’s right and what’s wrong, what’s important and what’s not important. Baptism changes us. It is a celebration of grace and an enactment of the Word of God....

By |January 10th, 2020|

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