Easing Suffering

What is the relationship between compassion and chocolate? You will love to find out in this message!

In the message, Father Jeff talks about The Book of Joy (listen past the end for a special bonus reference!)

Before the recorded sermon, Father Jeff referenced a book of humor by David Lee who performed Comma Coffee Saturday, May 27, 2016. The book is  Last Call and available on Amazon and other booksellers.

The gospel John 17:1-11 is available to read (click for sermon text) or listen to it read by The Rev. Deacon Betty Bianchi in the recording below. Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.

Invitation to the Elliptical Connection: Father, Son, Spirit, Us, Creation

“Be in Relationship with” is a good understanding of what the word “belief” means. Jesus invites us into a relationship of God, Christ, Spirit, you, me, and all creation. Father Jeff Paul explores what this kind of loving connection looks like as described and enacted by Jesus in his farewell discourse.

The gospel John 14:15-21 is available to read (click for sermon text) or listen to it read by The Rev. Deacon Betty Bianchi in the recording below. Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.

Transforming Fruit Salad

The Rev. Kimberly Morgan, Associate Priest at St. Peter’s, separates the fruit salad we habitually make of the gospel accounts to explore the fruit of the spirit. How we can live into the spiritual transformation brought to us by Christ, the paradox of seeking God who is already at the center of our being.

The gospel John 14:1-14 is available to read (click for sermon text) or listen to it read by The Rev. Deacon Betty Bianchi in the recording below. Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.

What’s On Your Playlist?

The Rev. Kimberly Morgan, Associate Priest at St. Peter’s, invites us to update our phone’s playlist or even our mental jukebox to include Psalms of comfort and strength for the journey. She explores how the people of Jesus’ time and before trusted the Psalms to lift their spirits and calm their hearts in times of trial and uncertainty. Come for the Karaoke, stay for the inspiration.

Trust is not relevant or applicable until there is a reason to despair.
– Rev. Kimberly Morgan

Psalm 23 is available to read by clicking here. The gospel, John 10:1-10, is available to read (click for sermon text) or listen to the gospel read by The Rev. Deacon Betty Bianchi in the recording below. Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.

Jesus Meets You In Desolation

Goodyear Heights Presbyterian Church, Akron, Ohio window; Christy Ramsey, photographer

Father Jeff deftly incorporates questions from a congregation member about fear that are inaudible on the recording in a message about being invited out of our desolation into awareness, acceptance, and then action, joining Christ in taking, blessing, breaking and giving.

The gospel Luke 24:13-35 is available to read (click for sermon text) or listen to it read by The Rev. Deacon Betty Bianchi in the recording below. Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.

You Are Christ

Canon Theologian Chuck McCray explores the symbols and signs of Christianity.

The gospel John 20:19-31 is available to read (click for sermon text) or listen to it read by The Rev. Deacon Betty Bianchi in the recording below. Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.

Easter at St. Peter’s

Sadly, technical difficulties prevent the recording of the Easter message. In summary: “Christ has Risen! Alleluia!”

 

The Upside Down Kingdom

The radically inclusive Upside Down Kingdom of God where the inclusive love of God is labeled as terrorism by Imperial Rome is explored by Father Jeff in our Palm Sunday message based on Matthew 21:1-11 Included in the message is parts of Wislawa Szymborska’s Poem, “Hatred”. Click here for the poem’s text. Also included is this quote from an ancient Tibetan master :

The true measure of spiritual development is how one confronts one’s own mortality. The best way is when one is able to approach death with joy; the next best way is without fear; the third best way is at least not to have regrets.

– The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

The gospel  Matthew 21:1-11 is available to read (click for sermon text) or listen to it read by The Rev. Deacon Betty Bianchi in the recording below. Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.

You Are Surrounded—Come Out!

Dr. Deb Cash, speaks about our ministry supporting caregivers in a message by Father Jeff that calls all folk into the realm of God where exiles are welcomed and the outcasts belong.

The gospel John 11:1-45 is available to read (click for sermon text) or listen to it read by The Rev. Deacon Betty Bianchi in the recording below. Click on the white triangle in the black bar-shaped player below to listen to the sermon now or click on the link labeled: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.

Restoring St. Paul’s

Virginia City, Nevada was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. As a contributing property, the building of St. Paul the Prospector has been recognized as possessing historical significance and architectural qualities that are vital to the district’s  national importance.

Within these historic walls, the Western  Missionary Museum will install a multi-cultural reconstruction of the contribution made by people of faith,  who came west, braving the rugged terrains and extremes of weather, to make a new life for their families. We will demonstrate their role in making this godforsaken mining outpost into the bustling metropolis that it became. But after  140  years in the extreme weather of the Mountain West, this important building is at risk of being lost. To ensure the nation does not lose this jewel in the mountains, we will restore the building and ensure its preservation for future generations.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

RESTORING A HISTORIC BUILDING IS A LABOR OF LOVE AND FAITH, which requires a considerable sum of money if it is to be done properly. Our foundations are strong and secure, but the building itself needs extensive restoration,n. Wooden walls exposed to almost a century and a half of sun, snow and wind are dried out, rotted away, and warped. They can barely support the window sets, which are at risk of falling (and sometimes do in high winds!). Roof beams are unstable, putting walls at risk. Heat and electrical systems are archaic and might set the tinder-dry building aflame. We must act now or lose this historic and beautiful building forever.

The budget for this project is $2.2 million. This sum will restore the entire building, install the museum, tearoom and gift shop, and establish a maintenance fund to avoid future deterioration.

In the spirit of diocesan unity and love for our mother church, we are asking every Episcopal congregation in the Diocese of Nevada to join us in supporting this important project to restore St. Pa ul’s, the first parish in our state. Your financial contribution whatever your parish can afford will demonstrate that the entire diocese is united in support of preserving  St. Paul’s, for future generations, and will strengthen our requests to larger funders.

CONTACT DETAILS

We cannot delay. One more winter might be too late for St. Paul’s.
Please contact us TODAY using your preferred  method:

Kate High, Project Co-Manager
775-772-1267 kate.high1@gmail.com

Or send your gift to:

The Western Missionary Museum
9480 S Eastern  Ave  # 236
Las Vegas, NV 89123