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April 6, 2014 (Psalm 130, John 11:1-45, Ezekiel 37:1-14)

Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year A, RCL

April 06, 2014

Emily Williams Guffey, Seminarian

Emily Williams Guffey

6 April 2014


Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year A, RCL

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Capitol Hill

Psalm 130, John 11:1-45, Ezekiel 37:1-14



Out of the depths I call to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice!

This past Tuesday, April 1st, I was...

Meeting at the Well

The Third Sunday in Lent

March 23, 2014

The Reverend Paul Roberts Abernathy, Rector

      Nicodemus, a Pharisee, a religious insider, an über-respected community leader, came to Jesus by night. I wonder why. Was it because that he, having heard the word about a wonder-working rabbi, wanted to satisfy his curiosity, and aware of the possibility that he might find Jesus to be...

Making Meaning - A View From the Mountaintop

The Last Sunday after the Epiphany

March 02, 2014

The Reverend Paul Roberts Abernathy, Rector

      The act of living, the very fact of being alive, requires, demands the art of making meaning. In each and every instantaneous encounter with the circumstances and people around us, adding, moment by moment, to our ever increasing personal histories and memories, we employ our senses to...

Sermon on Matthew 5:21-37

The Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

February 16, 2014

Emily Williams Guffey, Seminarian

In the name of the Living God: Amen.


When I first heard this Gospel, I was confused. Bewildered. Intimidated.

I thought Jesus was supposed to have brought the Good News of grace, mercy, and love,

but here he is doling out what seems to be an impossible to-do list –

a flatly...

Recognizing Reality

The Fifth Sunday of Epiphany

February 09, 2014

The Reverend Paul Roberts Abernathy, Rector

“You are the salt of the earth…you are the light of the world.”[1]


Jesus, in this segment of Matthew’s gospel known as the Sermon on the Mount, one of the monumental compilations of instruction in all of scripture, tells his disciples, tells us, we who would follow him, something...

Our Presentation

The Feast of the Presentation

February 02, 2014

The Reverend Paul Roberts Abernathy, Rector

Parents, devoutly religious, fulfill “the law of the Lord”, bringing their newborn son to Jerusalem, presenting him at the temple. For them, a reminder of Israel’s history, harkening back to the generations-old story of the exodus of their forebears from captivity in Egypt and the 40-year...

Light Brought To Life

The Third Sunday of Epiphany

January 26, 2014

The Reverend Paul Roberts Abernathy, Rector

Isaiah, a prophet – one who receives a revelation from God and, without revision, records it as given – proclaims that word to a dejected, dispirited people. Those who walk in darkness, and, even more, even worse, who dwell in lands afflicted by none other than God.[1] There are moments when...


1st Sunday after the Epiphany

January 12, 2014

The Reverend Paul Roberts Abernathy, Rector

Baptism. That rite of the church, where we, with water, symbolizing spiritual cleansing, and word, invoking the name of the Triune God, “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”, welcome one as a follower of Jesus; and, even more, commit, especially children (today, Colby, Ferrán, Laurel, Phoebe, and...

On earth, peace

1st Sunday after Christmas Day

December 29, 2013

The Reverend Paul Roberts Abernathy, Rector

In the beginning was the Word…(which) became flesh and lived among us.[1]


In South Sudan, ethnic violence tears asunder the fragile fabric of the world’s newest nation. Religious turmoil between Christians and Muslims in the Central African Republic and, in India, between Hindus and...

Our Story - A Christmas Eve Sermon

Christmas Eve

December 24, 2013

The Reverend Paul Roberts Abernathy, Rector

We have heard the Christmas story. Again. Emperor Augustus and the census decree. Mary and Joseph and their Bethlehem baby. Shepherds and their flocks. Angels and their amazing announcement.[1]


What did we think, feel as we listened?


Nostalgia? The story reviving memories of...

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