Final Sermon by the Reverend Ginger Strickland

January 25th, 2015 by Ginger Strickland

As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea – for they were fishermen.  And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.”  And immediately they left their nets and followed him.

‘Immediately they left their nets and followed him.”  These were men with families, responsibilities.  And they left it all behind to follow a man who had no home, a lot … Read More


“Endorsement”

January 11th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

Mk 1

In the Name of God: Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. Amen.

 Advertising has often featured celebrities who claim to enjoy the product that is being advertised.

 One recent TV commercial has the actor Matthew McConaughy driving a Lincoln and talking about his love for this brand of car. In one ad, he candidly remarks, “I drove Lincolns before they paid me to. I just like ‘em.”

 Now Matthew McConaughy is a gifted actor. But his acting Read More


Angels’ Song

January 7th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

Song of the Angels

January 4th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

In the Name of God: Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier.  Amen.

While few of us would dare open our Christmas presents early, there is one Christmas gift that we all enjoy well before December 25.

In fact, we can’t help enjoying it.  Even people who decline to celebrate the Christmas holiday willingly accept this blessing of the season.

The gift is music.  From “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” to “Feliz Navidad”, the music of this holiday is everywhere.  Bing Crosby, Placido … Read More


Saving Plan

December 30th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

SAVING PLAN

December 25th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

In the Name of God: Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. Amen.

Long-time members of this parish will be familiar with the numerous errors made by people who misunderstand the name of our church.

For example, we have been wrongly called, “The Church of the Intercession.” Some people think we’re “the Church of the Incantation.” Others are under the mistaken impression that we are “the Church of the Reincarnation.”

My favorite misreading was on a letter that we once received that … Read More


Waterworld

December 14th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

In the Name of God: Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. Amen.

People who live in dry climates, not surprisingly, always worry about water. They know it’s a precious commodity, and their life and health depend on it.

People of the desert also look upon dryness as an image for spiritual need. When we feel “dryness” inwardly, we feel a kind of emptiness. We have a spiritual thirst that only God can satisfy.

No wonder, then, that the Bible is filled … Read More


God Speaking

December 7th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

In the Name of God: Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. Amen.

Lessons and Carols is the most complex service in the Anglican Church Year. There are more readers and more hymns and more choral pieces than on any other day.

And yet there is one theme that unites all the lessons and the carols: this is the idea that God speaks to human beings.

In the First Lesson, God speaks to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden—though they … Read More


Seasons of Life

December 4th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley

“The Seasons of Life”

November 30th, 2014 by J. Douglas Ousley
  1. Is 64/Mk 13

In the Name of God: Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier. Amen.

 “The Weather” is what’s called a “neutral” topic of conversation.

 You can meet someone at a party and the two of you can amiably make remarks about the weather outside and discuss what the forecasters say will be coming tomorrow – all without worrying about getting into an argument. We can talk about this topic with anyone, whatever the other person’s politics or religion.

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