September 4 – Making Choices – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

What would you say is the most important choice you have ever made?  What choice have you made that has had the most impact on your life?  I suspect most of us would say the choice to marry our mates or perhaps to get divorced; the choice to have a child or perhaps to terminate…

August 14 – Fire Alarm – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

Would you  agree with me that most of us who turn to Jesus – to worship or to follow him – do so in hopes of finding peace in the midst of a troubled and chaotic world; a troubled world out there, the one we read about in the newspapers and hear about on the…

July 17 – Three Models of Faith – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

In today’s scriptures we meet three women, three women of faith – each unique, each individual.  First there is laughing Sarah in Genesis, and then in Luke we meet Worried Martha and Quiet Mary. First, there is Sarah.  Sarah is the mother of a nation.  The many tales of Sarah and Abraham in Genesis are…

A Role for St. Stephen’s in Wake of Violence

In her Sunday homily, the Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy began with a question:   “What narrative shall we tell ourselves about the current violence in our country?”  Consider your answer, she said.  “Please don’t let it be, ‘It has nothing to do with me.’” As the country reels from the killing of two black men and the…

July 10 – Making sense of tragedy – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

We began this week celebrating the Fourth of July.  As the week unfolded we experienced violence and counter-violence and the attendant emotion of sadness, disillusionment, anger, grief, and bewilderment.  It has been a complicated and tragic week. Let me ask you a question.  What narrative shall we tell ourselves about the current violence in our…

July 3, 2016 – Three Things About Prayer – Rev. Jo-Ann Murphy

   Several years ago when I was visiting my daughter and her family who lived in Boulder, Colorado, I took my granddaughters with me to visit the Episcopal Church near their home.  At a conference I had met the Director of Christian Education at that church and she had invited me to come by and…