What do you seek? Love? Hope? A whole life? A life of peace?
How do you live a peaceful, loving life in a world that is neither? By following Jesus. The way, the truth and the life of Jesus is the way of love, and the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement offers spiritual practices to help you grow as a follower of the way. The following graphic summarizes the practice. I spoke about it recently. Please click here to listen. Grace and peace, Mother Anne+
Please click on the link below to hear my sermon about how Mary and Martha can speak to all of us, and their story is not only about women’s lives, but also about road rage and the distress we are all feeling right now.
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!)
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 →
We are the clay, and you are our potter; We are all the work of your hand.
These 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.”
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 →