Sunday Sermons

August 20, 2017 – The Rev. Pamela Moore

You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught

Opening Sentence: “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 

The musical South Pacific, according to Wikipedia, is based on James A. Michener’s 1947 book Tales of the South Pacific and combines elements of several of those stories. Rodgers and Hammerstein, who wrote the musical believed they could send a strong progressive message on racism. (more…)

July 9, 2017 – The Rev. James Richardson

Sometimes, no matter what you do, you can’t win. You know the feeling?

That seems to be what Jesus is saying in today’s gospel lesson: First you criticize John the Baptist for being too strict, not sociable, and never enjoying a meal, and then you criticize Jesus for eating and drinking too much and being glutton. (more…)

July 2, 2017 – The Rev. James Richardson

Independence Day Observed

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men [and women] are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Once a year, on this Fourth of July weekend when we celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, I like to tell a story. It is a story not well known but should be. (more…)

June 25, 2017 – The Rev. James Richardson

Who are your people?

Some years ago, my wife, Lori, and I were visiting her relatives in a small, rural town in central Louisiana.

We pulled into a gas station and the attendant – they still pump your gas there – looked in the car and appeared puzzled for a moment.

Then he asked Lori if she was a “Guillory.”

She replied that she was Guillory, on her mother’s side.

I didn’t know that. But this guy knew who her relations were just by looking at her. (more…)

June 11, 2017 – The Rev. James Richardson

Trinity Sunday

Today is Trinity Sunday, the day the Church sets aside for preaching about this ancient — and obtuse — doctrine of the Trinity. It is perhaps no accident that the Church saves this teaching moment for the start of summer vacations.

In many churches, the task of explaining the Trinity falls to a seminarian. It’s kind of a rite of passage: Let’s see how fast the seminarian gets in trouble.

But since we have no seminarian, you get me. (more…)

June 4, 2017 – The Rev. James Richardson

Pentecost

This is a red-letter day like no other on our church calendar. Today is Pentecost, the official birthday of the Church. Happy birthday folks!

Pentecost is loud, bright, and very red. Pentecost has it all: fire and water; doves descending, wind blowing, and the sound of many languages speaking all at once.

There is nothing small about Pentecost. (more…)

May 28, 2017 – The Rev. James Richardson

Seventh Sunday of Easter

What makes your soul dance?

Does your soul dance when you listen to music, or the birds singing on an early morning walk?

Does your soul dance when you gaze at the the sky on a clear summer night, or feel the sand between your toes on a walk on a beach?

What makes your soul dance? (more…)

May 21, 2017 – The Rev. Pamela Moore

Sixth Sunday of Easter

No Orphans Here 

My mother died when I was 22 years old. Her death was hard for me because in addition to being my mother, she was also my best friend. That was not always the case. We had great difficulties during my teenage years and it was only after I moved out of the house at 18 to go to school that we had enough space between us for our love to grow and to flower into the beautiful thing it became. I grew up with my mother and stepfather and as close as I was to my mother I was equally distant from my stepfather. So, when he died 2 decades after my mother I was surprised at how deeply I felt his loss. What also surprised me was the sense that in addition to being an orphan, I lost for a time my sense of self. It occurred to me then that I no longer belonged to anybody. Having never married, I was nobody’s wife, no body’s mother and now nobody’s child. This sense of not belonging to anyone was deeply felt despite my having brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends who loved me and still do. (more…)