While we are currently without a permanent Rector, we have been blessed this year with a sermon each week from Rev. Jim Horton, a friend of St. Thomas, who sometimes leads services when we are able to meet in person. Below are some recent sermons.
“He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.”
“Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing; you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts…”
This week’s Old Testament reading from Exodus recalls Moses coming down from Mt. Sinai after standing in the presence of God.
“Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. Jesus came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.”
“Just then there was within their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, ‘What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God’. But Jesus rebuked him, saying, ‘Be silent, and come out of him!’.”
“The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time….So Jonah went out and said to Nineveh….which was an exceedingly large city…. Jonah cried out, ‘forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!’ And the people of Nineveh proclaimed a fast and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth. When God saw what they did….
“Grant that Your people, Illumined by Your Word and sacraments…”
These words from this week’s Collect express the Episcopal Church’s understanding of the significant influences that illumine our understanding and acceptance of Jesus. The first, the Word of God, transmitted to us primarily and historically through Holy Scripture. The second significant influence is that of the sacraments…
Each year this Sunday has two emphases; one, that it is the first Sunday after the Epiphany, the day we commemorate the coming of the Wise Men to do homage to Jesus; the second emphasis is the commemoration of the Baptism of our Lord.
Our Christmas sermon looks at the story of new beginnings.