Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Christ the King, Normal--Mark 1:14-20 Two weeks ago, we celebrated the inauguration of Jesus’ public ministry, as he went down to the Jordan River, along with throngs of his fellow Palestinian Jews, to be baptized by John the Baptist, and he heard the approving voice of the God the Father and was anointed by the [...]

Epiphany II

Trinity, Jacksonville--John 1:43-51, I Samuel 3:1-10 One of the forms of play that we all engaged in as children is a guessing game. Something is a secret—usually the location of a hidden object or person. One or more of the players know the answer to the secret and one or more of the players try [...]

Ordination of Carter Aikin to the Priesthood

St Paul’s, Carlinville--Matthew 2:1-12, Ephesians 3:1-12                                                                                              In St Matthew’s [...]


Springfield Cathedral--Luke 2:7 During the first nearly eight years of my time as Bishop of Springfield, Brenda and lived in a spacious home in Leland Grove, as some of you know. It had four bedrooms, including a former master suite, bearing that title before the current master suite was developed over the garage. I can’t [...]

Fourth Sunday of Advent

St Thomas’, Salem--Luke 1:26-38, 2 Samuel 7:4,8-16, Romans 16:25-27 Many of you are probably familiar with the comic strip Dilbert. I read it every day. It seems to capture the realities of work life in corporate America in a deliciously cynical way. A while ago, I read an interview with Scott Adams, the creator of [...]

Sermon for III Advent

St John’s, Centralia--1 Thessalonians 5:16-28, Psalm 126 Back in the early and mid-eighties, in the years just before I went off to seminary, I was deeply involved, as a lay catechist, in the preparation of adults for baptism and confirmation. It was a pretty intense process, and it was our habit to take each year’s [...]

Second Sunday of Advent

St Christopher’s, Rantoul --Isaiah 40:1–11, Mark 1:1–8                                                                                As are many of you, I’m a member of [...]

Christ the King

Trinity, Mt Vernon--Matthew 25:31-46, Ezekiel 34:11-17, 20-24, Psalm 95:1-7                                                                         Today is that last Sunday of the church year, and [...]

Proper 28

St Bartholomew’s, Granite City--Matthew 25:14–30, Zephaniah 1:7, 12–18,  1 Thessalonians 5:1–11   We’re winding down Year A of our three-year cycle of scripture readings for the Eucharist. Next Sunday is the end of the church year; two weeks from now, Advent begins, and we’ll be in Year B of the lectionary. So, we’ve been making [...]

Proper 27

St Andrew’s, Carbondale--Matthew 25:1–13 I was a Boy Scout for all of about two or three weeks, when I was around eleven years old. But you don’t have to be a Boy Scout to know about their famous motto: Be prepared. OK, what, specifically, do we need to be prepared for? We’ve all had to [...]