The Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year A, St. Bede’s Church, Manchester, March 19, 2023

March 19, 2023

“I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do not see may become blind” (Jo. 9:39). This year I graduated from what my mother would have called […]

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The Second Sunday in Lent, Year A, St. James’ Church, Sewanee, March 5, 2023

March 06, 2023

“The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes” (Jo. 3:8). In our Gospel today, we see Jesus engaged in a […]

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The First Sunday in Lent, Year A, Church of the Redeemer, Shelbyville, February 26, 2023

February 28, 2023

“But the free gift is not like the trespass” (Rom. 5:15). The beginning of Lent this year gives us a chance to say something about grace, the power and presence of God in our lives. This may seem […]

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The Last Sunday after Epiphany, Year A, St. Philip’s Church, Donelson, February 19, 2023

February 21, 2023

“You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” (2 Pet. 1:19). Depending on the time of […]

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The Sixth Sunday after Epiphany, Year A, Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Fayetteville, February 12, 2023

February 14, 2023

“You are God’s field, God’s building” (1 Cor. 3:9). The Church of St. Mary Magdalene is a little gem: blown down by a tornado some years ago, it was rebuilt with loving care by devoted parishioners determined to […]

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The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, Year A, St. Peter’s Church, Columbia, February 5, 2023

February 06, 2023

“The Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God” (1 Cor. 2:10). When ice forms on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, people walk out on to the frozen surface, to cut holes in the ice to fish for […]

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The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, Year A, St. Matthew’s Church, McMinnville, January 29, 2023

January 30, 2023

“Consider your own call, brothers and sisters” (1 Cor. 1:26). We begin by saying, with the Apostle Paul, that each of us is called by God. St. Paul invites us, in our reading from the First Letter to […]

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The Third Sunday after Epiphany, Year A, Church of the Epiphany, Lebanon, January 22, 2023

January 23, 2023

“Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people” (Matt. 4:23). Last spring, Caroline and I went on pilgrimage to the […]

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Feast of St. Fabian, Martyr, Opening Convention Eucharist, St. David’s Church, Nashville, January 20, 2023

“So be wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matt. 10:16). We open our Convention this year with the commemoration of St. Fabian, bishop of Rome in the early days of the church; whose predecessor had died suddenly […]

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The Second Sunday after Epiphany, Year A, Grace Church, Spring Hill, January 15, 2023

January 17, 2023

“Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jo. 1:29). I’ve always felt connected to John the Baptist. Years ago a church I served was doing its spring cleaning and discovered an […]

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The First Sunday after Epiphany, Year A: the Feast of the Baptism of Christ, Church of the Holy Trinity, Nashville, January 8, 2023

January 08, 2023

“I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness” (Is. 42:6). When God calls us to his service, we never know exactly what’s involved in the call. It’s almost always the case that we end up feeling like […]

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The Feast of the Holy Name, Church of the Epiphany, Sherwood, January 1, 2023

January 01, 2023

“After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb” (Lk. 2:21). What’s in a name? Apparently, quite […]

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Christmas Eve, Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville, December 24, 2022

December 25, 2022

“Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us” (Lk. 2:15). Today, if you go to the site of Jesus’ birth, the Church of the […]

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The Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year A, St. Mark’s Church, Antioch, December 18, 2022

December 19, 2022

“Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel” (Is. 7:14). Advent is a season of preparation for Christmas, though if the truth be told, people have been celebrating for some […]

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The Third Sunday of Advent, Year A, St. David’s Church, Nashville, December 11, 2022

December 12, 2022

“Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy” (Is. 35:5-6). There are two […]

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St. Ambrose of Milan, Laymen’s Advent Eucharist, Church of the Advent, Nashville, December 7, 2022

December 09, 2022

“Who then is the faithful and prudent manager whom his master will put in charge…?” (Lk. 12:42). This evening we commemorate St. Ambrose of Milan, a bishop of the Church in the late fourth century. You might say […]

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