In the first century of the common era, a few decades after Jesus, Paul wrote to the Christian community in Philippi saying, “This is my prayer: That your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.”
As we prepare to begin another year together, we renew our hope in Jesus’ leadership. We face our fears that the world is falling apart and dare to hope that in Christ there can be an end to captivity and division. We dare to hope to be freed and brought together. We dare to hope for the new creation about which prophets and visionaries have testified. We dare to hope for the truth to finally prevail. As we face the terrors and troubles of our times, we dare to hope for a revelation that in Christ, all things will be well.
From the Rev. Joe Hensley, Rector, St. George’s Episcopal Church Fredericksburg, VA | All Saints’ Day, Nov. 1, 2015. From the gospel according to John “Jesus again, greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said ‘Take away the stone.’ Martha, the sister of the dead […]
From the Rev. Joseph H. Hensley, Jr., rector, St. George’s Episcopal Church Fredericksburg, VA | Proper 24 Year B October 18, 2015 Text of the sermon as prepared (may differ slightly from recording): It is easy to laugh at Jesus’ disciples, especially in the Gospel according to Mark. They are like a bunch of clowns running around […]
At the end of our Gospel passage from Mark today, Jesus gives some perplexing teaching: “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus puts it this way as he preaches the sermon on the mount, “You are the salt of the earth.” What does it mean to have a salty faith? How are we to live out this call to saltiness?