“A House….Eternal in the Heavens” – A Sermon on Home & Family in the Midst of Instability & Alienation

This sermon was given on June 6, 2021 for Grace Episcopal Church in Amherst over Zoom. You are welcome to watch the video if you prefer at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZdS25pWOw8 The sermon itself begins at 16:45. The sermon addresses two readings – 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 & Mark 3:20-35, both of which can be read here:… Continue reading “A House….Eternal in the Heavens” – A Sermon on Home & Family in the Midst of Instability & Alienation

Recollections: A Poem for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

This poem is based on the Gospel text for this Sunday, which is Matthew 15:21-28. You can read it, and the other lectionary readings for this Sunday, here.  Recollections Will she even remember the exchange? The harshness turned to affirmation, her own voice, hoarse, or just the healing, the rushing home, the daughter sitting up… Continue reading Recollections: A Poem for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

“For The Wind Was Against Them”: A Poem for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Readings for this Sunday can be found here. This poem tackles the Gospel text from Matthew 14. The quotation inspiring the poem is from Matthew 14:24 (NRSV).  Fed and astounded, they left him to his prayers, while he left them to winds that wouldn’t accommodate, to waters unconcerned with miracle. Disciples stuck knowing what it… Continue reading “For The Wind Was Against Them”: A Poem for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

The Uncareful God: A Poem on the Parable of the Sower for the Sixth Sunday of Pentecost

This poem is based off of the Gospel text for this Sunday, which can be read here. The reading is Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23. The Uncareful God But what I weren’t the soil But what if I were the seeds falling on the good and the bad, sometimes hidden in ground, sometimes exposed, subject to persistent… Continue reading The Uncareful God: A Poem on the Parable of the Sower for the Sixth Sunday of Pentecost

“Whoever Welcomes You Welcomes Me…”: A Poem for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

This poem was written with the fourth Sunday after Pentecost in mind, specifically the Gospel reading, Matthew 10:40-42. You can read that passage here.  “Whoever Welcomes You Welcomes Me…”  Jesus of slipping identity— so bad at setting himself apart—tells his disciples that welcome of them is welcome of him, meaning, in some way, they are… Continue reading “Whoever Welcomes You Welcomes Me…”: A Poem for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

“God Has Brought Laughter for Me”: A Poem for the Second Sunday after Pentecost

This Sunday’s lectionary readings can be found here. This poem is based on the Old Testament selection for Track 1, Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7.   “God Has Brought Laughter for Me”  Laughter in the form of a child, in the form of what biology implied was impossible, in the form of, I waited so long, God, for… Continue reading “God Has Brought Laughter for Me”: A Poem for the Second Sunday after Pentecost

“The Rush of a Violent Wind”: A Poem for the Celebration of Pentecost

In this time where in-person church services have been suspended, I’ve made a practice of writing poems in lieu of sermons on weeks when I’m not putting together a video sermon. Tomorrow is Pentecost, the readings for which can be found here. The poem explores the passage from Acts (Acts 2:1-21) and is inspired by… Continue reading “The Rush of a Violent Wind”: A Poem for the Celebration of Pentecost