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…

June 19, 2016 — Orlando — The Rev’d Willie Allen-Faiella

There once was a beautiful city.  Nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains, a lovely river ran through it.   This city was a place where people of different cultures, religions, and ethnicities had lived together for centuries in harmony and pride.  It was not a perfect city, but it showed the whole world how people…

Pentecost 2016 — May 15, 2016 — The Rev’d Willie Allen-Faiella

Happy Pentecost!  This is the day we celebrate God’s sending of the Holy Spirit and the day we celebrate the birthday of the Church.  Because with the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Church became empowered to carry on the work of Jesus Christ in the world today — we  became both empowered — and…