The Third Sunday after Epiphany, Year C, Epiphany Church, Lebanon

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me” (Lk. 4:18).

Jesus is reading from the prophet Isaiah this morning, here in our gospel today; recalling the vision of prophetic anointing, the announcement of a new day to come and a new hope ahead. The Prophet had foreseen a time when God’s Spirit would rest upon an anointed one, a Messiah in other words. This Messiah or King would put the … Read more

The Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle, Diocesan Convention, Trinity Church, Clarksville

“God… was pleased to reveal his Son to me, that I might proclaim him among the Gentiles” (Gal. 1:15-16).

Stephen Hawking wrote in his book, A Brief History of Time, about singularities: that is, what takes place at the end of a star’s life, when space-time collapses and a black hole is formed; or what happens at the beginning, with the Big Bang, when the universe begins to expand. Both events posit a singularity: a … Read more

The Second Sunday after Epiphany, Year C, Holy Trinity Church, Nashville

“For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent” (Is. 62:1).

It says in the Nicene Creed that we recite each Sunday that the Holy Spirit has “spoken through the prophets.” Speech is often the gift that the Holy Spirit gives; in fact, it seems to be its signature tune. Just look at the gifts of the Spirit listed by St. Paul in our second reading today and you’ll see how many of them have to … Read more

The First Sunday after Epiphany, Year C, St. Peter’s Church, Columbia

“But now thus says the Lord: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine’” (Is. 43:1).

Epiphany is the season of revelation: the manifestation of God’s glory in Christ. During the season we’re given stories that reveal the person of Jesus Christ. Last week, our Gospel reading of the visit of the Wise Men to Bethlehem, to worship and adore the Messiah; next week, Christ’s first miracle … Read more

The Feast of the Epiphany, Church of the Epiphany, Sherwood

“We observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage” (Matt. 2:2).

If you look up at the night sky, you will see the stars and planets, and the moon in season; maybe some other things as well: satellites whirring around, a stray plane or two, maybe a comet or shooting star. People don’t know as much as they used to about the objects in the night sky. The ability to discern … Read more

Christmas Eve, Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville

“When the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us… according to his mercy” (Tit. 3:4-5).

“Grace” means “gift”: something given freely, not because it’s owed but because it’s in the power of the giver to bestow it. We sometimes make a distinction between a gift that’s deserved and one that’s undeserved, but once we start talking about what we’re owed or about our prior claim we’re no longer talking about … Read more

The Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C, St. Mark’s Church, Antioch

“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb” (Lk. 1:42).

I heard the other day that one result of the 2018 election is that a majority of those who will serve as legislators in the State of Nevada in the coming year will be women. This is the first time this has happened in any of the fifty states; it certainly is a sign of the times. These results mirror … Read more

Tennessee Laymen’s Eucharist, The Church of the Advent

“With the spirit and power of Elijah he will go before him, to turn the hearts of parents to their children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Lk. 1:17).

We know that angels will appear on Christmas Eve, in due course, and soon enough, to greet the Savior’s birth; but for his part, the angel Gabriel is hard at work long before that, … Read more

The Third Sunday of Advent, Year C, St. David’s Church, Nashville

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice” (Phil. 4:4).

“Joy” is an Advent theme, a word that looms large in the season. Our liturgy and lectionary do their best to keep the word in front of us during Advent, returning again and again, in prayer and psalm and reading, to the theme of “joy.”  If you look back over the past two weeks you will see the word constantly cropping up, as … Read more

The Second Sunday of Advent, Year C, Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville

“I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6).

The “Day of the Lord” in ancient Israel began as a tocsin call, a rallying cry to the People of God to assemble and prepare for battle. There were many enemies in the Promised Land, and the People needed to gather and to act together in the … Read more