Sermon: Jesus is all that matters (Lent 5 Year C)

Fifth Sunday in Lent – Year C St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Lodi, CA Philippians 3:4b-14 John 12:1-8 Psalm 126 Collect: Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true

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Sermon: What does God want from us? (2 Lent, Year C)

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2nd Sunday in Lent (RCL Year C) St. James Episcopal Cathedral, Fresno, CA Genesis 15:1-12,17-18 Philippians 3:17-4:1 Luke 13:31-35 Psalm 27 Collect: O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with

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Sermon: Who has God’s Blessing? (6 Epiphany, Year C)

6th Sunday after Epiphany February 13 – Commemoration of Absalom Jones Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Lodi, CA Jeremiah 17:5-10 (Cursed are those who trust in mortals) 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 (Necessity of resurrection) Luke 6:17-26 (Blessings and Woes) Psalm 1 (Happy are they…) Absalom Jones collect: Set us free, heavenly Father, from every bond of prejudice and fear; that, honoring the steadfast courage of your servant Absalom Jones,

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Sermon: The first of his signs (Epiphany 2 Year C)

Epiphany 2 Year C St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Lodi, CA (Isaiah 62:1-5) 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 Psalm 36:5-10 John 2:1-11 Collect: Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus

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Sermon: Mary’s Song, Mary’s Prayer (Advent 4, Year C)

4th Sunday of Advent, Year C St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Lodi, CA Hebrews 10:5-10 Luke 1:39-45, (46-55) or Psalm 80:1-7 Collect: Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. May

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Sermon: What is truth? (Proper 29 Year B)

Proper 29, Year B St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Lodi, CA 2 Samuel 23:1-7Psalm 132:1-13 (14-19)Revelation 1:4b-8John 18:33-37 What is truth? Well, the truth is we were not supposed to hear that question today. I asked Penny and Deacon Tom if we could include that extra half verse on the end of our gospel reading. When the powers that be chose the texts for the Revised Common Lectionary, they

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Sermon: What do you want me to do for you? (Proper 25 Year B)

Proper 25 Year B St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Lodi, CA Job 42:1-6, 10-17 (end of job) Psalm 34:1-8, (19-22) Hebrews 7:23-28 (eternal priest) Mark 10:46-52 (Bartimaeus, son of Timaeus) Collect: Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with

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Sermon: Words can be wildfire (Proper 19 Year B)

Proper 19 Year B St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Visalia, CA Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 116:1-8 James 3:1-12 Mark 8:27-38 As some of you may know, before I went to seminary I studied linguistics. I didn’t learn how to speak every language like Uhura on star trek, but i did learn a lot about how language works in people’s minds. One of the most wonderful things about language is that I can

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Sermon: Please scream inside your heart (Proper 15, Year B)

Proper 15 Year B (Morning Prayer) St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Lodi CA 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 Psalm 111 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58 Collect: Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his

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Sermon: What does Jesus pray for? (Easter 7 Year B)

Easter 7, Year B St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Lodi, CA John 17:6-19 This week’s gospel lesson feels a little like we’re looking backwards in the story. Next week is Pentecost already. Why are we reading a passage from holy week? When we read about Jesus praying in Gethsemane during holy week it seems to mean something specific for that week. It is Jesus praying for his disciples over

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