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Corpus Christi

Church of the Holy Communion, Charleston, SC I can’t not begin by saying what a joyful privilege it is to be back at the Church of the Holy Communion, and how utterly honored I am that Father Sanderson invited me to be the preacher for this momentous occasion. Liturgically, we’re keeping the feast of Corpus [...]

Trinity Sunday

Trinity, Mt Vernon--Matthew 28:16-20, II Corinthians 13:5-14 We have five churches in the Diocese of Springfield whose feast of title is today. So far on my watch as bishop, I’ve always been in a Trinity Church somewhere on Trinity Sunday. I haven’t actually asked, but I think it’s a safe bet that the priests who [...]

Pentecost

Redeemer, Cairo--John 20:19-23, Acts 2:1-11, I Corinthians 12:4-13 You may have noticed that it has become very common for groups of all sorts—companies, schools, government agencies, churches, and even families—to adopt mission statements. The idea is that, if you don’t have a clear idea of what you’re supposed to be doing, you’re probably not going [...]

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Emmanuel, Champaign--John 14:15-21, Acts 17:22-31, I Peter 3:13-22 Many of you know that I am not a cradle Episcopalian. I found Anglican Christianity and the Episcopal Church about 45 years ago, when I was in my early 20s. I was raised in a free-church evangelical tradition, as I suspect some of you were as well. [...]

Fifth Sunday of Easter

St George's, Belleville--John 14:1-15 Jesus is taking leave of his closest disciples. It is the eve of his crucifixion, and they will never see and know him again in quite the same way. They’re not yet aware of all the details, but they know enough to be nervous, to be anxious. Jesus recognizes how they’re [...]

Fourth Sunday of Easter (“Good Shepherd”)

Chapel of St John the Divine, Champaign--John 10:1-10 When I was growing up, I used to enjoy occasionally watching a TV show called Wild Kingdom. Many of you probably remember it. Wild Kingdom was a nature show, letting us take a peek at animals as they actually behave in the wild. Of course, nowadays, you [...]

Third Sunday of Easter

Springfield Cathedral--Luke 24:13-35 Back in the late 1940s, there was a young man named Elson who was from overseas and worked in his country’s embassy in Washington, DC. There was also a young American woman named Elizabeth who had a job as a typist in the same embassy. Elizabeth shared an apartment with her sister [...]

Easter

Springfield Cathedral I've sometimes wondered what it would be like to celebrate Easter in the southern hemisphere: South America, Australia, Southern Africa. It would come right about the time summer turns into autumn. The days would be getting noticeably shorter. At really southern latitudes the leaves might be getting ready to turn, and there would [...]

Good Friday

Springfield Cathedral There are a great many “good” things we can say about the cross of Christ on this “Good” Friday. What took place there was complex, multi-layered, and rich with a variety of meanings. One of these levels of meaning sees Christ on the cross as an example for us to emulate—the supreme example [...]

Fifth Sunday in Lent

St Andrew's, Carbondale--John 11:1-44, Ezekiel 37:1-14 These are tough times we live in, right? I suspect that nobody here this morning wants to disagree with that statement. But I also suspect that no two of us would understand it in quite the same way. We may disagree about exactly what makes the times tough, but [...]