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…

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…

An Extended Family of Love (Feast of St. Anne)

St. Anne’s Feast Day If you’ve ever paid attention to the signs in front of Episcopal churches, you may have noticed that almost every Episcopal church is named after someone or something on the Christian calendar. Rarely do you ever see a “First” Episcopal Church, or an “Eastside” Episcopal Church, or a “Greater Morningstar Holiness Congregation of…

Mission, Misgivings & the Mighty Power of God

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Jonah 3:1-5,10 One of the funniest stories in the entire Bible is the story of Jonah. Jonah’s the kind of story you learn when you’re a kid in Sunday School, but by the time we grow up, about the only thing most folks remember about Jonah is that…

Fall Together

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Exodus 17:1-7 For the past many weeks we have been on an Old Testament journey, tracking along through the book of Exodus and the great story of Moses and the people of God. It started back in August when we read how a baby named Moses was born…

Just Shut Up & Forgive

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Matthew 18:21-35 In many ways today’s message is as simple and uncomplicated as it gets. I read this Gospel, and I am tempted to issue a two-word sermon: Just forgive. Or for those of you who prefer something longer, here’s the five-word version: Just shut up and forgive….

All In Your Power

Preached at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church – Tifton, Georgia Exodus 1:8-2:10    Romans 12:1-8    Matthew 16:13-20 Without a doubt, there is too much bad news in the world around us. Near and far, there are natural disasters; crises of leadership; wars and rumors of wars; instability, hatred, and fear. Cumulatively, it’s almost enough to make you lose hope;…

Grace, Law & Why We Help Out at Church

As a father of two young daughters, it always irks me when people see me in public with my own children and ask, “Oh! Are you babysitting today?” Uh . . . no. I’m their father. Spending time with my children is not babysitting. It’s also not some chore to be relegated to my wife so I can busy…