“Ashes to Go”

February 15th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

“Ashes to Go”

February 15th, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

Mt. 6

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

I rarely preach during the services on Ash Wednesday.

The people who come to church on this day are usually in a rush to get back to work or catch a train home. The special liturgy for the day is already on the long side. So I tend just to let the words of the service speak for themselves.

Still, I sometimes think that it would be useful … Read More


“Candlemas Compromise”

February 1st, 2015 by J. Douglas Ousley

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

I first heard the expression, “Not kosher,” from my father.

There were no Orthodox Jews in the rural Massachusetts town where I grew up. So my father had to explain to me the Hebrew dietary laws.

Yet if I had been studying Church history at that time, I would have known about the restrictions that Jewish tradition placed on what the faithful should eat. For example, shellfish were forbidden food … Read More


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