God’s Peace and blessings to you all.

Moses is up on the mountain again, wanting to see God.  Paul’s bragging about the church in Thessalonica.  And Jesus is talking about taxes.  So what in God’s good name do all these have to do with Baptismal and Eucharistic theological identities?  Well, here are my sermons from this past Sunday for Proper 24 to answer that.  You can find the lectionary readings for track 1 HERE.

Since you can’t see the congregation in the audio, I’ll just let you know that when I asked all the cradle Episcopalians to raise their hands, we were the minority in the room.  That means, with overall numbers in the Church shrinking, and those coming into the Church later in life as the majority, then we are loosing at an even greater pace than the overall percentage those who are born into the Episcopal Church.  To rephrase that: we’re good at focusing on conversion later in life (maybe because the corporate model that the Church has adopted is only concerned about getting those new names on the roster to beef up apparent numbers), but we don’t know how to captivate our youth and young adults (or maybe because, following a corpora model of immediate return, the Church doesn’t want to invest time, energy, or resources into a population that can’t immediately tithe and give a return on the short-term investment).  This will certainly be a topic for a later post, but I leave it with you now to ponder with me why that might be…

Until then, here are my thoughts on the dual identities we find in our Church, starting back with William White and Samuel Seabury; identities of baptismal and eucharistic theologies, respectively.

8:30 Service

10:45 Service

God’s Peace and blessings to you all.  Here are my sermons from this morning’s services.  While I address different issues in the begin of each of these, we eventually land on issues of pastoral care for both.  You can find the lectionary readings for the day (track 1) HERE.

8:30 Service

10:45 Service

Here are my sermons from our Sunday morning services for the Proper 17, the  twelvth Sunday after Pentecost.  You can find the track 1 lectionary readings for the day HERE.

8:30 Service, in which we explore power, anger, and grief.

10:00 Service, which we explore the sacrament of Confirmation and rites of passage.

Here are my sermons for this past Sunday.  You can find the lectionary readings for track 1 for Proper 11 HERE.

Here is the sermon for the 8:30 service in which we explore Paul’s rationale for the salvation of creation and our responsibility for it:

And here is the 10:00 service in which we start our journey with Neil deGrasse Tyson and discuss what it means for us to be weeds and wheat in the Kingdom.

Here are my sermons for Proper 7, the Second Sunday after Pentecost.  You can find the lectionary readings, track 1, HERE.

8:30 Service

10:00 Service

It was an absolute pleasure to be invited to preach at Trinity Midtown in Houston, TX for the Feast of Pentecost this year.  Here are my sermons for their three services, including their 12:30 Jazz Mass.  You can find the lectionary readings for the day HERE.  God’s Peace.

8:00 Service

10:30 Service

12:30 Jazz Mass

 

Here are the sermons I offered this morning at Church of the Holy Spirit.  You can find the lectionary readings HERE.

As we continue to grow into this Easter Season, I would invite you to consider what single, little discipline you can take on, to take that one little step toward being Christ for the world.

8:30 AM Service:

10:45 AM Service:

God’s Peace.

Dear Siblings, postulants, and friends,

God’s Peace and blessings to you all!  I greet you today in the name of the risen Lord!  I pray that you all had a formative Lent, a prayerful Holy Week, and a joyous Easter celebration.
Last year, my Easter message to you all was to remember that in the midst of our celebration of the Feast of the Resurrection, we must be mindful of those who are still rooted in Good Friday.  And again, as we celebrate, I would remind you all that there are still those who need to hear the good news that grief and loss are not eternal.
This year, I would invite you to take on an Easter discipline.  Sure, a Lenten discipline goes without saying.  It’s what we’re all expected to do.  But Easter?  Well, let’s remember that the Easter celebration is intentionally longer than the Lenten fast.  Our liturgical calendar (or Kalendar, for all of us traditionalists), is structured to emphasize the importance of the Feast, so I would ask, how will you live out that importance?  Lent is a time of preparation, and we prepare through our various disciplines.  But what use is that preparation if we do not follow through?
During the course of the Triduum, we recounted our Christian story.  We tell our stories within the context of the liturgy to remind ourselves of what our identity really is.  It can be easy to fall back into ourselves, into our religious communities, and pat each other on the back as we remind ourselves of who we really are.  But what was it that we heard Jesus command both in the Maundy Thursday liturgy and the Great Easter Feast?  On Maundy Thursday, we heard that we must love others as Christ loved us, and that others will know us by that love.  That means that others will know of this Christian identity without us having to say a word.  Love is not just lip service, it is action!  And then we found ourselves with the Marys at the tomb.  And what were they told there?  To go out and tell others that Christ had risen!
So here is the discipline that I would invite you to explore this Easter.  For the next 50 days, how will you show that you are Christian?  How will you tell others about the God that we have encountered without having to heap even more words onto a society that is already inundated with words upon words?
Remember how Henri Nouwen described driving down the highway in The Way of the Heart?  With all those billboards, it was like driving through a dictionary!  We live in a world that has become desensitized to words.  Do we want our story to become just one more billboard that people ignore as they pass through life?
So this year, I invite you to be inventive.  Be imaginative.  How will you show people what we have discovered without having to speak first?  The motto of our Order is Silentio Coram Deo, silence before God.  This Easter, how will you be silent before other people and still fulfill that ultimate command given to us by our Lord?
As you find your discipline, I hope you’ll share it with us all.  I look forward to hearing what you will do.  And remember, like all disciplines, it will take effort.  After all, we have 50 days to keep it up.  So support one another and keep each other accountable in this.  This is one of the great gifts of community, is it not?
Know that you are all in my prayers, and I ask that you keep me in yours.  Let us rejoice that the Lord is risen indeed!  God’s Peace.
Silentio Coram Deo,
Br. Kenneth

God’s Peace and blessings to you all!  Here are my sermons from this morning for the 8:30 and 10:45 services at Holy Spirit in which we explore our identity in suffering (8:30) and how we are a small part of a far bigger picture (10:45).  You can find the lectionary reading for the day HERE.

Audio for the 8:30 service: 

Audio for the 10:45 service: 

 

Here is my sermon preaching on the transferred Feast of Martin Luther, which much to my surprise, is actually on the Episcopal Kalendar.  As you will hear, for me as a monk, this was no easy sermon.  The lectionary was for today was from Isaiah 63:15-64:9 1 John 2:12-17.

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