Sermon: 3 Lent Year A – The woman at the well

Fashion Fair Mall, Fresno, CA, 1975

Exodus 17:1-7 Romans 5:1-11 John 4:5-42 Psalm 95 The Collect Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and

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Lenten Book Discussion: Inwardly Digest by Derek Olsen

St James Cathedral’s Formation Commission presents a Wednesday Evening Lenten Series Book Discussion of Derek Olsen’s “Inwardly Digest.”  The discussion will be led by the Rev. Deacon Jessica Harmon in the Fireside Room.  The series will begin on Feb. 22, from 6 to 7 p.m. before the Ash Wednesday service. From March 1 to March 29, the sessions will begin at 6 and run to 7:30 p.m. The planned schedule

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Sermon: Transfiguration (Last Epiphany Year A)

The Transfiguration of Jesus icon with the figures imagined as Lakota by John Giuliani

Exodus 24:12-18 2 Peter 1:16-21 Matthew 17:1-9 Psalm 2 Collect: O God, who before the passion of your only begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and

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Sermon: 2 Epiphany Year A – Vocation

(Video found on youtube here) Isaiah 49:1-7 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 John 1:29-42 Psalm 40:1-12 The 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 Christ our Lord, who with you

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Sermon: Advent 2 Year A – Prepare the way of the Lord

Isaiah 11:1-10 Romans 15:4-13 Matthew 3:1-12 Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 The Collect Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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Proper 27 Year C – 22 Pentecost – Resurrection is True

Haggai 1:15b-2:9 Psalm 145:1-5, 18-22 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 Luke 20:27-38 Collect: O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him

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Sermon: Proper 25 Year C – I don’t want to be the tax collector

Stewardship season sermon at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, Lodi, CA  Jeremiah 14:7-10,19-22 Psalm 84:1-6 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18 Luke 18:9-14 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 you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for

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Sermon: Keeping the Sabbath (Proper 16 Year C)

11th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 16 Year C Isaiah 58:9b-14 Psalm 103:1-8 [Hebrews 12:18-29] Luke 13:10-17 Collect:  Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. May

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Sermon: Serving God faithfully (9th Sunday after Pentecost Proper 14 Year C)

Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 Psalm 50:1-8, 23-24 Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 Luke 12:32-40 The Collect Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

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Earth & Altar article: From Vestments to PPE: Prayer in a Pandemic Hospital

This week, Earth & Altar published a reflection that I wrote about my time working as a hospital chaplain at Community Regional Medical Center, Fresno. In this article, I reflect on the connection between my own spiritual practices to cope with working through a pandemic, and also how those spiritual practices can transform the perception of the hospital space. PPE prepares me physically, and prayer prepares me spiritually. Link to

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