The Third Sunday after Epiphany: January 21, 2018
The Rev. Robert Lee IV
These are dark times, there’s no denying it. Recent events over the past year and this past week have revealed the hard, shameful truth that the roots of racism, hatred, and violence are alive and well; and those roots run deep.
I have a story for you tonight, a story that’s a little different from the one you just heard. It’s one about a guy named Earl Smith. Earl was a drug dealer and addict in Stockton, CA. And he was a mean one – feared on the street, running a network of dealers. The kind of guy who if you crossed him, he’d make you pay. (more…)
A long time ago, God’s Spirit spoke to Mary and to Joseph. God blessed them and called them together to give them a great gift. The gift God gave to Mary and Joseph was a gift that would bring light and life and love to all the world. And that gift was a child, just like one of you! (more…)
I must confess I was tempted to lead with Mary’s response to the angel in our Christmas pageant, Oh wow!
Here’s what you need to know about Isaiah to understand the peculiar mixed emotions of the passage we heard this morning:
Almost all of what comes before this passage was written in the time of a historical prophet named Isaiah. Isaiah served in Judah, that is, the Southern Kingdom of the Hebrews. (more…)
Today, begins the season of Advent a time to wait, and watch for the coming of Christ in our lives and to hope and prepare for the return of God’s kingdom on earth. Advent also marks the beginning of the new church year. But, instead of a cheery “Happy New Year!,” Advent kicks us off with “Wait…watch…apocalypse now!” (more…)
I have a confession to make: there is much rejoicing in the Saylor-Oliver household on this, the final Sunday of Lectionary Year A. We’ve been talking for weeks about being ready for a break from the Gospel According to Matthew.
One of my family’s favorite books is one that my father had as a child, called Junket Is Nice. It’s by the same author as the profound classic Pat the Bunny, Dorothy Kunhardt. Anyone know it? (Anyone know what junket is? It’s a sweet milky dessert, made with rennet. No, I’ve never had it either.) In the book, an old man is eating junket, and all the people in the whole world gather around him to find out what he is thinking about as he eats the junket. (more…)