Tough Questions

 

Please click the link below to hear what I had to say about this week and the parable of the Good Samaritan. Grace and Peace, Anne+

Sermon on the Good Samaritan, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Salem, Oregon. July 10, 2016

 

 

God is looking for you: Where are you?

Click below to hear about a Biblical Hide and Seek, and find out about what happened in the Garden of Eden.
Grace and Peace,
Mother Anne+

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ADAM AND EVE, 1526 (detail, adapted)

LUCAS CRANACH THE ELDER
Oil on panel
Samuel Courtauld Trust: Courtauld Bequest, 1948, London, U.K.

Good Shepherd and the 23rd Psalm

Good Shepherd

Christ as the Good Shepherd a 4th century CE marble engraving (Photo by Kleuske). In the collection of the Museum of Epigraphy, at the Baths of Diocletian, National Roman Museum.

Listen to hear why the 23rd Psalm is not for people
who feel safe.

Blessings! Mother Anne+

Can Jesus Help? Dealing with Mental Illness

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In Mark 1:21-28 the Gospel speaks of Jesus freeing a man from an unclean spirit. How does this connect with the Dementors featured in J.K. Rowling’s Prisoner of Azkaban? Click on the audio link below to find out.

(Thanks to the advanced technology at St. Paul’s, I can now share the audio version of my sermons. Let me know what you think!)

Blessings,
Mother Anne+

From St. John’s Hingham to St. Paul’s Salem

This post is a bit out of sequence. It is the sermon I preached on my last Sunday (October 26, 2014) at St. John the Evangelist, Hingham, MA, before I left to take up my new call as Rector of St. Paul’s, Salem, Oregon. I’ve had a few requests for it so here it is. Continue reading

A broken pot on a street in Ferguson

We are the clay, and you are our potter; We are all the work of your hand.

wheel copyThese words from Isaiah echo Genesis, in the second chapter when God created the first human being from the dust of the earth. In Hebrew, the first human is called A-dam, the word for man. He is shaped from the earth, which in Hebrew is A-dam-ah. In Hebrew we can hear the deep linguistic connection between humanity and the Earth: Adam, and Adamah. It is as if in English we said that God created the first earthling from the Earth. Clay is dug from the earth; it is a form of earth. The image in Isaiah is a creation image of the potter shaping the clay. When a pot is complete and yet not decorated or fired, it is actually called a “clay body.”

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How did you get in here without a wedding robe?

The first time I preached on this text about the King’s wedding banquet was six years ago.

It was before I went to seminary—I was in my home parish, in the process of discerning my call and experiencing some of the things that I would be doing if I became a priest. What I heard most in this parable was: welcome! God welcomes us to the banquet—the banquet of the Eucharist, the heavenly banquet of eternal life. Continue reading

Living Water from the Rock

“Is the Lord with us or not?”

That is the question the people of Israel ask, after they repeatedly express all of their anxiety about food and water. The people are in the wilderness. They have crossed the sea, and entered into a place of hunger and thirst.
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