Wisdom from above is . . . full of mercy and good fruits
The Magi are the perfect exemplars of the faith journey: they stepped out into the unknown, searching for something they couldn't even describe, but they left everything they knew to discover. When's the last time you took your faith journey that seriously? Is it time to take another step? Read the sermon…Continue
Added by Becky on January 7, 2018 at 8:39pm — No Comments
Today, on the threshold of 2018, we celebrate the birth and naming of the baby whose birth names the years. This "little tiny child" grew up and is claimed to be nothing less than God. Rather than an unapproachable, remote, ineffable, awe-inspiring deity, however, we are told by the angels of heaven to call on him: to go ahead and say the name of Jesus. Listen to Deacon Cindy Roehl's sermon…Continue
Added by Becky on December 31, 2017 at 4:03pm — No Comments
Most robes are about our comfort. This robe is about how God sees us. Listen to the sermon here; the service hasn't been uploaded to the YouTube channel yet.
Added by Becky on December 17, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments
What do we need to do to get ready? Deal with the obstacles! Access the service here. The sermon begins at 20:00.
Added by Becky on December 10, 2017 at 9:30pm — No Comments
What we sing and talk about at Christmas is getting ready for the birth of a baby. What we really need to do, though, is ask ourselves whether we actually believe. In God. At all. Otherwise, there is no point in waiting for anything much new to happen. Read the sermon here, listen to it …Continue
Added by Becky on December 3, 2017 at 6:25pm — No Comments
Jesus - fully human and fully divine! That's what our Church teaches. So, what is a "fully human" person like? In looking at the life of Jesus, we see humanity as it was meant to be. He was available, generous, a "man for others." He was not at all concerned with acquiring, feathering his next, or dying with the most toys. Whom should Christians emulate: the Human One, or the various politicians, celebrities and world figures vying to be the King (or Queen) of the Hill? Watch the sermon …Continue
Added by Becky on November 26, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Some readings are perplexing! Time and again, Jesus tells people to share, to travel light, to avoid attachments to stuff. How can it be that stingy bridesmaids are "wise." Maybe the lesson is not about the oil, eh? Maybe it's about choices and consequences. Read the sermon here,…Continue
Added by Becky on November 12, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments
We humans are so eager to divide into competing camps! Why are we so threatened by the idea that folks who are not like us still long to spend eternity around the very same Throne of Grace in the same way that WE long for it? Isn't God's sheltering, shepherding, healing home big enough for ALL the Saints? Read the sermon …Continue
Added by Becky on November 5, 2017 at 4:44pm — No Comments
A pitfall of having your Episcopal priest graduate from a Lutheran seminary is that she's pretty fond of the last Sunday in October, thinking that the work of Reformation begun 500 years ago by Martin Luther should carry on a bit longer. Read the sermon here, listen to the sermon …Continue
Added by Becky on October 29, 2017 at 3:17pm — No Comments
Added by Becky on October 22, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Who cares? Those who hold God's people in their hearts. Caring deeply is something Paul encourages us to do, and we do it in a variety of ways here at Good Shepherd. Today we heard from the President of Dunedin Cares, our local food pantry; supporting them is one of our favorite ways of holding God's people in our hearts. Listen to the sermon here.
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Added by Becky on October 15, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Cowards shoot at unarmed, unknown strangers. You don't need a weapon to be violent, though; bigotry, bullying, and gossiping are equally devastating to the soul. Jesus waged peace, overcoming death and fear, not dishing it out. People who wage peace are nothing short of miracle workers. Read the sermon …Continue
Added by Becky on October 8, 2017 at 5:39pm — No Comments
This past Sunday we celebrated the life of St. Francis of Assisi, who saw all Creation as an expression of God's love and power. Listen to the Sermon by Deacon Cindy Roehl here.
Added by Becky on October 1, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Perhaps humans focus on fairness instead of justice because justice would force us to spend eternity with people of whom we don't approve. Of course, they'd have the same problem if we, too, are saved for heaven. Read the sermon here or listen to it …Continue
Added by Becky on September 24, 2017 at 5:59pm — No Comments
Added by Becky on September 17, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments
What kind of work are we Christ followers supposed to be doing? What values should we be using as we work? The people struggling because of Hurricane Harvey can teach us something. Read the sermon here or listen to it…Continue
Added by Becky on September 3, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments
I've heard American Christians claim that Christianity is under attack in this country. What they really mean is that their way of believing in God is no longer getting preferential treatment here. But that's all backward. Christians should not be GETTING better treatment, they should be GIVING it, and in so doing countering the forces of death and hell. Read the sermon…Continue
Added by Becky on August 27, 2017 at 5:33pm — No Comments
We long for a solid relationship with God, where we are reconciled, open and honest in our relationship. God longs for exactly the same with us, too. But God in Christ stretched out his arms on the cross to bring the whole world into his saving embrace, not just me. Or you. To be faithful, we need to seek the same kind of relationship with each other, as reconciliation is the "work of Christ" in a nutshell. Listen to the sermon…Continue
Added by Becky on August 20, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments
Disquiet is a manifestation of discontent. How does this mental state come to prevail? The reason is that all individuals are born with an unlimited desire for enjoyment, without however, having any great capacity to fulfil this desire. It is this shortcoming in human nature that makes people live their lives in a state of mental agitation.
Is it a defect in human nature which is to blame for this? Not at all. It is simply people’s unawareness of…Continue
Added by Tariq Ali on August 19, 2017 at 3:35pm — No Comments
The Church is supposed to be a boat bringing the miracle of hope, healing, and love to a world foundering in seething seas of our shattered, fearful, death-saturated lives, even if we don't like the other people in the world - or even the other people in the boat. Listen to the sermon here or read it…Continue
Added by Becky on August 13, 2017 at 5:25pm — No Comments