July 7 – Family Relationships – The Rev’d Jo-Ann Murphy

Throughout the gospels Jesus speaks on several occasions of the difficulties of family life. In today’s Lukan passage he suggests that following him means resetting one’s priorities. There are other scripture passages as well where Jesus points to the difficulties of family life. Both in the canonical gospels and in the Gospel of Thomas we…

May 26 – Trinity Sunday – The Rev’d Jo-Ann Murphy

Rob Bell has titled his latest book “What We Talk About When We Talk About God.”  It’s a clever title, don’t you think? (And, by the way, a provocative book, too.)  What do we mean when we say the word “God?”  Today we celebrate Trinity Sunday.  The Doctrine of the Trinity, one God, known in…

April 28 – “Hindering God” – The Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

I’m going to tell you stories today. Story #1:  Once there was a fine, old Southern family in which several unexpected happenings occurred.  The eldest son and heir apparent, Charles, underwent a sex-change operation, changed his name to Charlene, and married the Black chauffeur, George.  The family matriarch was being interviewed by the local newspaper…

February 24 – Celebration of Rite 13 – Rev’d Jo-Ann Murphy

Traditionally, the passage from Luke’s Gospel we heard read this morning, the passage we call “Jesus in the temple,” is read on the first Sunday after Christmas Day, the Sunday known as the Feast of the Holy Family.  One purpose of it was to portray the family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, as the model…