Metanoia, Not Paranoia

kiss-of-peaceIn the Episcopal Church’s Catechism, the stated mission of the Church “is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ (The Book of Common Prayer, p 855).  In Eucharistic Prayer A – the form of the Eucharistic prayers used most often at Trinity – we give thanks to God that God “sent Jesus Christ… to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all” (BCP, p 362).

Our Christian faith is about “restoring all people to unity with God and each other in Christ;” we Christians, following the example of Jesus, are called to be agents of reconciliation.  Our country, sharply divided over the recent election and in transition to a new administration, is counting on us Christians to live into our identity and to be agents of reconciliation. Continue reading

Take a Chance on the Resurrection

Sermon for Sunday, April 17, 2016
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Revelation 7:9-17

“ ‘Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?’… ‘These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.’”  – Revelation 7:13-14

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I know this passage.  I know this passage because it is one of the scripture choices for the burial liturgy, and I have heard it read at dozens of funerals – including my mother’s – and I have chosen to be read at mine.  I know this passage!

We are going to get back to this passage from Revelation, but first I want to go to Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, the 15th chapter, where Paul writes beautifully and passionately in support of resurrection. Continue reading