The Antidote to Sin

We had a presentation about the Western Missionary Museum in the restored Church of St. Paul the Prospector in Virginia City by Kate High, Project C0-Manager. Email her at kate.high1@gmail.com for more information or click for a copy of the flyer

The gospel John 9:1-41 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: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.

The Jewish Boy with No Bucket

Using the meeting at a the well between a “Jewish Boy with No Bucket” and a “Samaritan Lady with No Husband”. Father Jeffery Paul talks about imagining a world where we are connected and not separated. He quotes the way to Joy from the book. The Book of Joy:

“What the Dalai Lama and I are offering,” the Archbishop added, “is a way of handling your worries: thinking about others. You can think about others who are in a similar situation or perhaps even in a worse situation, but who have survived, even thrived. It does help quite a lot to see yourself as part of a greater whole.” Once again, the path of joy was connection and the path of sorrow was separation. When we see others as separate, they become a threat. When we see others as part of us, as connected, as interdependent, then there is no challenge we cannot face—together.”
― Desmond Tutu, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

Our readings are from Exodus 17:1-7 and Psalm 95 (click for texts) The gospel John 4:5-42 (click for sermon text) is available written 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 now or click on the link: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.

You Are A Miracle

It’s saving time whenever Canon Theologian Chuck McCray brings the message! Listen to how the cosmos is filled with miracles. Spoiler Alert: One of them is you! From John 3:1-17 (click for text) or listen to it read by The Rev. Deacon Betty Bianchi in the recording below.

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Can God Be Trusted?

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Father Jeff asks us to imagine what is like to trust the God who has chosen not to reveal the secrets of the universe to us. Faithful folks, by the grace of God, choose to trust. And so, we have a chance. You can read the Genesis 2:15 – 3:21 text here.

The gospel Matthew 4:1-11 (click for text) is available written and you may listen to it in the recording below.

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Honest, Open-Minded, And Willing

 

Imagine inviting God to enter the room first. Father Jeff offers this practice as a way to live mindfully a life of compassion and love. By being honest, open-minded and willing we have a chance to enter the alternative life that Christ offers called the Kingdom of God.

The gospel Matthew 17:1-9 (click for text) is available written 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 now or click on the link: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.

Things To Let Go

Watchtower Manzanar Internment Camp

Manzanar Internment Camp
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After a testimony by Vi Bibee, Father Jeff Paul talks about how to have a complete life of love that Jesus invites us into by letting go the voices of perfection and the temptations of empire. The sermon is based on the challenge to live a life as described in Matthew 5:38-48

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Bringing the Peace

Rev. Kim Morgan invites us to live out heaven on earth as described in Matthew 5:21-37

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Praying with Lips, Feet, and Hands

The Rev. Dr. Catherine Gregg, Canon for Congregational Vitality guides us on how to pray with our lips, feet and hands while revealing some surprising very real Biblical “God, get them” prayers from the Psalms.

Our readings are from Isaiah 58:1-12 (click for texts) and Matthew 5:13-20 (click for sermon text). They are available written or listen to them read in the recording below before the sermon. Click on the white triangle in the black bar shaped player below to listen now or click on the link: Download below the player to save a mp3 file for listening later.

Living Connected to Those Who Have Been Set Aside

A reading from Matthew 5:1-12 begins our time in community considering the dream of God for a world rooted in mercy, compassion, forgiveness, love, and grace. This community is opposed to the empire of humans based on coercion, control, and force.

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The Kingdom Founded with the Poor, the Least, and the Lost

We consider the code language in Matthew 4:12-23 and listen to special witness Paula House share about her journey with St Peter’s Episcopal.  Father Jeff guides us in a different way of moving through the world.

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