Inspirational Comments

Homilies & reflections from our priest & laity

  • Words to Live By – First Sunday in Advent (12/5/2018) - Last Sunday, the beginning of Advent and the church’s New Year, the Gospel from Luke 21 foretold: “…On the earth, nations will be in anguish… At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” After telling the parable of the fig tree which foretells the arrival of summer Read More ...
  • Words to live by – Remembrance Sunday (11/22/2018) - Bishop George Elliott, a former incumbent, retired area Bishop and much loved All Saints parishioner spoke this Sunday which marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. The Gospel was the story in Mark of the Widow’s mite. Jesus says: “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the Read More ...
  • Words to live by – Gospel of Mark (11/22/2018) - Rev. Dr. Elizabeth took her sermon from Mark’s Gospel, which makes dire warning of the destruction of the temple and warns: “When you hear of wars and rumors of wars do not be alarmed. These things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, as well Read More ...
  • Thoughts on Conflict (9/24/2018) - Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Green used last week’s Gospel story in Mark 9 to talk about conflict. In this story, Christ foretells his passion, and his disciples argue who is greatest amongst themselves.  Christ tells his disciples that “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last.” Jesus teaches us that conflict and disagreement Read More ...
  • Thoughts on Fear (9/24/2018) - The September 16th Gospel story in Mark 8 was used by Rev. Dr. Elizabeth to share thoughts on the fear that Peter expressed when Jesus told his disciples about the passion he faced. Peter’s lack of understanding led Jesus to rebuke him saying: “Get thee behind me Satan”. “Fear cuts off our inner strength,” she Read More ...
  • Words to live by – August 9 (8/15/2018) - Our visiting priest for the month of August is Rev. Claire Goodrich-Dyer. She recently preached on John 6’s Gospel story in which Jesus answers his disciples who were looking for signs, like his feeding of loaves. Jesus said, “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Read More ...
  • Biblical reflections on why bad things happen to good people (7/31/2018) - Recently we heard Rev. Dr. Elizabeth tell the grisly Gospel story of Herod acceding to the wish of his wife Herodias. She hated John the Baptist and wanted him beheaded. She was presented with his head on a platter. This prophet who baptized Jesus died horribly, just as Jesus would later. Rev. Elizabeth reminded us Read More ...
  • Words to live by – Calming of the Storm (6/27/2018) - Last Sunday the Gospel text was from Mark 4 where Jesus calms a sudden storm on the Sea of Galilee which threatened to swamp the boat carrying him and his disciples. Rev. Dr. Elizabeth used the fear the disciples felt to remind us that we all live in fear and anxiety from time to time. Read More ...
  • Words to live by – Parable of the Seed (6/20/2018) - On Sunday, we heard Christ use parables of both a growing seed and a mustard seed to explain the Kingdom of God. Rev. Dr. Elizabeth said that in the first parable the man who scattered the seed does “not know how” it sprouts and grows. Here we are shown that God is always working and Read More ...
  • What is Family? (6/11/2018) - Jesus redefines family in last Sunday’s Gospel from Mark. When asked who were his mother and brothers, Jesus looks around to those following him and answers: “Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” Many of us have felt we had families outside of our parents and siblings – for example, in Read More ...