Clean House

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Zephaniah 3:14-20    Luke 3:7-18 One of the motifs you’re likely to encounterduring the holy season of Adventis that of cleaning house. During Advent, we’re inevitably told to get ready:like bridesmaids waiting at home for the groomor servants waiting at home for the master.“Keep awake,” Jesus says,“for…

Left-Handed Power

We are now smack in the middle of the holy season of Advent, the season in which we Christians slow down and remind one another that we are waiting for the coming of our King. Not only are we awaiting the arrival of Christmas and our remembrance of the Baby in the manger, but—just as…

Unveiling

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Luke 21:25-36 You’re probably listening and looking around today and realizing that things have changed. The music is different. The colors are different. Even the prayers we pray today are different. I promise, we have not done this to trick you! It’s all because we liturgical Christians—…

Fear Not

Today is what we in the Church call Christ the King Sunday. It’s the last Sunday of the Church year, and everything begins anew next week with the start of Advent. But on this day— the bridge between what has been and what will be— we stop to remind one another that we are servants…

Kingdom Work

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Mark 13:1-8 As a child of the 80’s, I was raised to believe there was nothing we as a species could not do. By the time I came along, we were finally on the right trajectory. We had fought all the good fights. We had won all…

Why Stewardship?

Cowritten by the Rev. Lonnie Lacy & the Rev. Cindy Taylor originally for Project Resource in the Diocese of Georgia Introduction Chances are that if you’ve hung around Episcopal churches long at all, you’ve heard your fair share of stewardship sermons. In those sermons, you’ve doubtless been given dozens of reasons why stewardship ought to…

Inefficient

Good morning! I bring you greetings of friendship and love from the church of Espíritu Santo, your sister congregation in the Diocese of the Dominican Republic. As most of you know, our diocese and the diocese of the Dominican Republic share what’s known as a “companion diocese” relationship. This means we pray for one another, commit…

Tear It Out

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Mark 9:38-50 In Stan’s sermon last week, he spoke on the biblical principle of being willing to lose, to let go, to give. Like he said, it’s usually in those moments— whether we choose them or they choose us— that God is finally able to do something…

Perfection

Preached at Diocese of Georgia Clergy Conference Honey Creek Camp & Retreat Center Judith 8:9-17; 9:1,7-10 I was born here at Honey Creek. Of course, that’s not what my birth certificate says. On paper I was born at South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta, Georgia on a Monday morning in March. But as far as I’m…

Noise

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Isaiah 50:4-9a    James 3:1-12    Mark 8:27-38 If there is a common theme across all of today’s readings, it’s that words matter. In Isaiah, we hear him say, “The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may sustain the weary with a word.”…