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?
When I arrived at St. George’s last January, I was immediately struck by the vibrancy of the worship life here. All the Sunday services had a distinct and wonderful energy. People ask me to name my favorite service, and I cannot do it. I love them all. In these first months, I have made a few […]
Whatever bread we are, whatever sign we bring to the world, God can give us the grace to perform it with the cleverness, courage, and subtlety of Nathan the prophet, Jesus the Christ, and all the evangelists who preach the Gospel and, when necessary, use words.