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Guest Preacher Marcella Gillis on Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 (6-Pentecost)

July 20, 2014

Marcella Gillis, Director of Youth & Family Ministries

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

July 20, 2014 - St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Capitol Hill

Marcella Gillis

The green thumb must be a recessive gene. Or perhaps it skips a generation. My dad can grow a tomato plant out of the ground like he’s Cinderella’s fairy godmother, and my mother collects...

Easter is love (Part 2)

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 25, 2014

The Reverend Paul Roberts Abernathy, Rector

What wondrous love is this, O my soul!

What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss

to lay aside his crown for my soul.[1]

 

      Last Sunday, I said that one the church’s central purposes and one of our chief uses of the Easter season, the fifty days between Easter Day...

Easter Means Love

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 18, 2014

The Reverend Paul Roberts Abernathy, Rector

      The Easter season (also known as Eastertide also known as the Great Fifty Days between Easter Day and the Day of Pentecost, that word meaning fiftieth) offers us an annual opportunity, at length and at leisure, to contemplate, to celebrate the meaning of the resurrection of Jesus....

The Word is “Yes”!

Easter Day

April 20, 2014

The Reverend Paul Roberts Abernathy, Rector

      Whatever we think of Jesus’ resurrection, its biological possibility, historical probability, or doctrinal orthodoxy, Easter is extraordinary, I believe, because of what it says about hope. By hope, I don’t mean wishful thinking, our heartfelt desires in face of things beyond our...

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...

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