January 5 – Following A Star – The Rev’d Jo-Ann Murphy

The magical story of the wondrous star in the eastern sky and the journey of the magi or kings from far away lands to the humble manger in Bethlehem is the centerpiece of the Feast of the Epiphany which we celebrate on January 6.  It seems to be scripture’s way of telling the world that…

December 24, 2013 – Christmas Eve, 2013 – The Rev’d Willie Allen-Faiella

This is the second time today we have gathered to celebrate a wonderful event.  There could not be two more different ways of celebrating. Today at 4 pm, this church was filled with noise, unbridled joy, the barely contained exuberance of about-to-be-filled anticipation.  A three year old participating in her very first pageant.  Grandparents beaming…

December 1 – Be Prepared – The Rev’d Jo-Ann Murphy

In his best-selling Book, Living Faith, Former President Carter tells of a trip he and Rosalynn made to Indiana to visit an Amish bishop.    On that visit Carter, a Baptist, learned that Amish worship is always held not in churches but in the private homes of the Amish people and the pastor is chosen by…

November 3 – All Saints Sunday – The Rev’d Jo-Ann Murphy

In parts of Central America and the Caribbean, the feasts of All Saints and All Souls are celebrated in the cemetery.  Families gather to clean and decorate the graves of their loved ones.  Tombs are whitewashed or done in pink, aqua, blue, yellow.  Greenery, flowers, ribbons or festive wreaths decorate graves.  Family members spend the…

October 20 – Jacob and Esau – The Rev’d Willie Allen-Faiella

Good morning and thank you for coming to celebrate our church and school community today as we observe Day School Sunday.It’s been several years since we’ve had a “normal” Day School Sunday — we’ve had several special occasions to honor the past five years including our school’s 50th anniversary, our church’s 100th anniversary, and Fr….

September 22 – Breaking Bad – The Rev’d Willie Allen-Faiella

Three years ago when this curious parable about a manager being called out for short-changing his master came up I followed a rather unusual interpretation: namely that the manager had been adding his own “cut” above and beyond what the master’s debtors actually owed and so when he slashed their debts he was actually only…