I’d like to tell you about a friend of mine of many years. Her name is Doris. She is a few years older than me.
She was born during World War II in Poston, Arizona, in the desert near the Colorado River hundreds of miles from the nearest city. Doris’s family name is Okada. She is Japanese American. Doris was born in an internment camp.
For those unfamiliar with the internment camps, they were established by executive order 9066 of President Roosevelt two months after the outbreak of the war. (more…)
Some of us in this room remember the grainy black and white movies of the 1950s that showed aliens arriving on earth. In the movie, little green men (They were all men. There were no little green women) would find an Earthling and said, “Take me to your leader.” By the way, we know they were green because someone in the movie would refer to them as such. Anyway, what is interesting about that demand, “Take me to your leader,” is the idea that there was one leader on earth who could speak for all the earth’s inhabitants. That there was a leader in charge of everything and who governed all our lives. Someone the alien life forms could negotiate with or tell that we were about to be invaded. Well you and I know that there never was such a person. However, given that we are about to, in less than a week, have new leaders in our country who are responsible for our nation’s welfare and because we as a congregation are about to begin the search for our new leader, it seems to be the right time to ask ourselves what leadership means to us. (more…)
Today is the first Sunday of Epiphany – a new season for the new year. This is a season marked by light in the darkness and a sense of new starts for all of us.
As we hear the biblical stories unfold this new year once again, we will hear about people who make new starts. They will have strengths, and flaws, courage and cowardice, and often a mix of both. (more…)
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” — Isaiah 9:2
Blessings this Christmas night!
We gather tonight, as many have in ages past, to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Holy One of God, walking among us as the Incarnate Word Made Flesh, as the traditional language proclaims this.
Our parish name is the Church of the Incarnation, and that also makes Christmas our paternal feast day. Happy birthday Church of the Incarnation! (more…)
I want to begin by acknowledging that in the wake of the current election, many of you are feeling raw, fatigued, or anxious, or all of that. This is a fact we need to acknowledge up front. This would have been true no matter whoever won.
I do not propose to rehash the election. The results are what they are. We do need time to get over this, so let’s be gentle with each other.
I said this before the election, and I will say this again: we already have a messiah. His name is Jesus of Nazareth. (more…)
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Once there was a man, and he was walking down a street. Through no fault of his own, he fell into a hole, and he could not get out. It was dark in the hole, and very deep, and the man waited and waited for help.
Eventually, he looked up and he saw a police officer.
“Officer, officer, please help me get out the hole!”
But the officer said, sorry, I am on my way to an emergency,” and wrote on a piece of paper and threw it in the hole.