The Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A, St. Paul’s Church, Murfreesboro, May 7, 2023

May 08, 2023

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (Jo. 14:6). The other day one of our parishioners in the diocese asked me where I usually was on […]

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The Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year A, Church of the Good Shepherd, Brentwood, April 30, 2023

April 30, 2023

“He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out” (Jo. 10:3). One of the earliest images of Jesus found in the catacombs of Rome is a drawing of a young, beardless shepherd in the midst of […]

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Dubose Conference Center, Monteagle, Anniversary of Dedication, April 29, 2023

April 29, 2023

“Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house which I have built” (1 Kgs 8:27). When the Episcopal Church in Tennessee, after the Second World War, purchased what is now the Dubose […]

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The Third Sunday of Easter, Year A, St. Bartholomew’s Church, Nashville, April 23, 2023

April 23, 2023

“Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him” (Lk. 24:31). It’s amazing how a familiar gesture, or an intonation of voice, or even a characteristic phrase, can bring someone back to mind. The gesture or phrase is […]

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Funeral of the Rev’d Peter Whalen, St. Philip’s Church, Donelson, April 22, 2023

April 22, 2023

“I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me” (Jo. 6:38). Every celebration of the Eucharist is a commemoration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, […]

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At Baptism, St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, Sewanee, April 19, 2023

April 20, 2023

“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17). Easter is a time for new beginnings. During this season, nature itself conspires with the resurrection of Jesus Christ, to lay out before us […]

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The Second Sunday of Easter, Year A, St. Mark and St. Paul’s Church, Sewanee, April 16, 2023

April 16, 2023

“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe” (Jo. 20:29). Our Gospel reading today is a story of faith, though some may be diverted down another path by “doubting Thomas” and his refusal […]

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Saturday in Easter Week, DOK Spring Assembly, St. Peter’s Church, Columbia, April 15, 2023

April 15, 2023

“And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it” (Mk. 16:20). Easter isn’t a day, it’s a season: one that goes […]

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The Easter Vigil, Year A, Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville, April 8, 2023

April 09, 2023

“We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him” (Rom. 6:9). There are times when the future arrives suddenly: an inflection point when the face of things […]

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Reaffirmation of Ordination Vows & Consecration of Chrism, Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville, April 3, 2023

April 04, 2023

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me” (Lk. 4:18). Years ago I had a clergy colleague who told me that there was no need for him to renew his vows because he had never broken them. (Certainly […]

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Palm Sunday: the Sunday of the Passion, Year A, St. Andrew’s Church, New Johnsonville, April 2, 2023

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46). Jesus’ words from the cross bring us to the summit of Palm Sunday. We began our liturgy with Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and we will end […]

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Statement of the Rt Rev’d John Bauerschmidt, Bishop of Tennessee, on today’s deadly shooting at Covenant School in Nashville, March 27, 2023.

March 27, 2023

The Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee stands in solidarity with those most directly affected by the deadly shooting that took place at Covenant School earlier today. The deaths of students and staff, including children, are a source of particular […]

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The Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year C, Christ Church, Tracy City, March 26, 2023

“I am the resurrection and the life” (Jo. 11:25). Some of you may know that many of Tennessee’s bishops are buried at St. John’s Church, Ashwood, in Maury County. The church has not been an active parish for […]

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The Annunciation of Our Lord Jesus Christ to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Church of the Advent, Nashville, March 25, 2023

“Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word” (Lk. 1:38). Today we gather as church folk: people who are called to leadership in different ways in Christ’s Body the […]

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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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