Jan 26, 2020
Epiphany 3 Year A—January 26, 2020
“You speak in my heart and say, ‘Seek my face.’ Your face, Lord, will I seek.” Perhaps Simon and Andrew as they were casting their nets into the sea were reflecting upon their faith, their lives, and their trust in God. Maybe James as he sat at the shoreline mending his broken net was listening for an answer, listening for…"
Jan 19, 2020
Epiphany II Year A—January 19, 2020
"During this season of Epiphany, a time when the Christian Church celebrates Jesus being God’s Son and the Light of the world, we have been reflecting both intellectually and spiritually on both the humanity and divinity of Jesus Christ and how at the deepest levels Jesus can affect our humanity—in essence, become your life…"
Dec 29, 2019
Christmas Sermon 1 2019
"One of my favorite Episcopal authors, Madeleine L’Engle in her book, The Glorious Impossible, wrote: “Possible things are easy to believe. The Glorious Impossibles are those things that bring joy to our hearts, hope to our lives, songs to our lips.” Each year during the 12 Days of Christmas, we face …"
Dec 15, 2019
Advent 3 Year A
"What I know about the Advent/Christmas season from 34 years of parish ministry and pastoral care is that many people are hurting this time of year. This is a particular kind of hurting that is related to loss in one’s life, and especially that of loved ones that are no longer physically present. The sights, smells and sounds of Christmas, coupled with the expectation of being merry and joyful can be a real emotional challenge…"
Sep 22, 2019
September 22, 2019 Year C
"Is it possible for you today not to be anxious; it is not so easy in 2019. Can you take hold and wrap your arms around those things in your life that matter and will endure? And what did it mean when Jesus said, “Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much…”"
Aug 18, 2019
Pentecost 10 Year C
"Often, when I leave the office at the church, I wind up sitting in bumper to bumper traffic on the Ravenel Bridge. Traffic patterns in Charleston are very difficult to predict, which makes it almost impossible to know the best time of day to try and leave the city. And of course, often we do not have the luxury of a choice. Sitting on that bridge in the late afternoon or early evening..."
Aug 11, 2019
"Throughout my adult life and as a priest, one of the places that I have returned to again and again to be close to God is the ocean’s coast. And more than being close to God, what I most desire in those solo walks at the ocean’s edge is to hear the voice of the Lord above the surf..."
Jul 07, 2019
Pentecost 4 Year C
"Have you ever noticed that sometimes when you approach someone that you are meeting for the first time you immediately feel a bad vibe; something is not right, and you feel repelled in that encounter? By the same token, we also experience those first meetings with people where we right away feel welcomed; there is a sense of goodness, charity and peace..."
Jun 30, 2019
"My beloved companion and dog Maggie is now heading toward her 13th year of life. We have had her for six and a half-years of that life, as we adopted her at age six from a shelter in Lexington, Kentucky. Maggie, a mix of black Labrador Retriever and Rhodesian Ridgeback, has been..."
Apr 21, 2019
Easter 2019 - ”The Unexpected Response”
"There are many ways in our daily lives in which we encounter things that are empty. One of the most frustrating ways to start your day is to reach in the refrigerator for the orange juice container and find that it is basically empty. Many of us also look with disbelief at the fuel gauge in our cars when it alerts us that we are almost out of gas. How could the tank be empty?
And certainly, there are more serious ways that we encounter emptiness in life. ..."
Feb 10, 2019
Epiphany 5 Year C
"Simon had not had much luck fishing in the earlier part of the day, when Jesus asked him again to set out into deeper waters. ‘Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch…’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing ..."
Dec 09, 2018
Christmas Sermon 2018
"What a glorious night it is to welcome all of you to Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church and the joyful celebration of Christmas! The word “Christmas,” came into common usage in 12th century England, a combination of the two words: “Christ’s Mass.” This is the liturgy that celebrates the birth..."
Dec 09, 2018
Advent 2 Year C
"There is a secret that I want to share. When I go to the beautiful coast of our South Carolina beaches, before I begin to walk by myself to pray, discern, and be with God, I bend down and dip my fingers in the ocean’s waters and place them to my lips to taste its saltiness. Yet, for me it is not about tasting the salt, it is instead a..."