Proper 9 – Year C

It is more than a little bittersweet that I begin my last sermon here with you all this morning as your interim rector here at St. Mary’s. It’s been a fun ride these past 10+ months, and I look forward to watching how the story of this wonderful community will unfold in the days and…

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Proper 8 – Year C

She has stood just off the southern tip of Manhattan, at that point where the Hudson and East Rivers meet to begin their final journey to the Atlantic Ocean, for the past 130 years now, beckoning those from distant shores – like a moth drawn to a flame – to a new life, a new…

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Proper 7 – Year C

One of the real joys I’ve regularly had as a parish priest over the years is the opportunity of going off on a weekend getaway occasionally as a part of a congregational retreat. Maybe some of you here at St. Mary’s have done these sorts of things as well. Normally this has meant somewhere between…

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Proper 6 – Year C

Now that the 2016 Presidential primary season is almost to an end, and the presumptive candidates have emerged for each major party, the campaigning has taken a turn toward the general election. Truth be told, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump won’t be aiming their messages at the majority of Americans. If the political pundits are…

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Proper 5 – Year C

This past Friday evening, an annual ritual of sorts took place. During the broadcast of the NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, they closed the show with their end-of-year mashup of graduation images from colleges and universities across the country, along with some of the pithy, or poignant, or humorous one-liners from the commencement speakers…

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Proper 4 – Year C

Dynamic duos seem to hold a special place in our corporate imagination. The comic book world has given us superheroes such as Batman and Robin. Comedy has been enriched by the likes of Abbot and Costello; Rowan and Martin; Penn and Teller; Cheech and Chong. Movies wouldn’t be the same without Bogart and Bacall, Redford…

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Trinity Sunday – Year C

America has always had a particular fascination with exploring new frontiers. Whether it was Robert Perry’s expedition to the North Pole in 1909, or Richard Byrd’s efforts to fly over the South Pole 20 years later, or the race to put a person on the moon only 40 years after that, Americans have always had…

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Pentecost – Year C

One might think that the change of seasons doesn’t come around for almost another five weeks yet, with the first day of summer on June 21st. But another even more important seasonal change in this part of the world is already upon us. May 1st was the kickoff for a season that Californians know far…

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