• The Flow

    Philippians 2:1-13 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or

  • Trusting the Journey

    Genesis 37: 1-4, 12-28 The story of Joseph from the book of Genesis is an amazing story, with all kinds of interesting and unexpected twists and turns. If you haven’t read it in a while, or ever, you should! And yet the Old Testament lectionary reading for this morning, taken

  • Keep This In Your Heart

    The Reverend Barbara Brown Taylor begins a reflection on the Transfiguration story of Jesus that we heard this morning in the reading from Luke. She writes: The story that we have just heard defies interpretation, although that has not stopped legions of interpreters from trying. It is the luminous story

  • What is a kingdom like?

    Before I came to St. Paul’s and St. Martin’s I was a children and youth minister at an Episcopal Church in the San Francisco bay area. Part of my role was designing the curriculum for Sunday school and coordinating our volunteers. When we taught the parable that we heard in

  • Creation Is Not Yet Complete

    July 9, 2017, the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Year A Sermon preached by Rev. Lynne Spellman Come Holy Spirit, fill our hearts and kindle in us the fire of your love. Amen. Early one morning a couple of weeks ago as I was walking our younger dog Madison, a four

  • On Moral Courage & Vocation

    In preparation for preaching this morning, I read a compilation of Kurt Vonnegut’s graduation speeches titled: “If this isn’t nice, what is?” The book is made up of commencement addresses delivered to college graduates across the country. Vonnegut’s speeches are comprised equally of helpful advice and obscure tangents. The book

  • Behold!

    March 16, 2017;  Easter Sunday, Year A Sermon preached by the Rev. Lowell E. Grisham, O.A., Rector It has always struck me as so interesting, that Mary Magdalene thinks Jesus is the gardener. Save that. We’ll come back to it. The story starts when a Galilean peasant, working with his

  • Who Sinned?

    March 25, 2017; 4 Lent, Year A “Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” The disciples asked Jesus for a bit of conventional, biblical interpretation. They knew from reading the scriptures that God rewards the righteous and punishes sinners. That is a central message from

  • Born From Above

    March 12, 2017;  2 Lent, Year A Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it

  • Game Over

    March 4, 2017; 1 Lent, Year A Some years ago I had a device that would record television shows so I could watch them at a later time. There was a big football game that I was going to miss because I had to do something else that day. So

  • You Shall be Holy

    February 19, 2017; 7 Epiphany, Year A Preached by the Rev. Elizabeth M. Edman What an absolute delight to be with you this morning.  Some of you know that I grew up in this church. St. Paul’s played a huge role in shaping my faith.  I’ve never met many of

  • The Two Directions

    February 5, 2017; 5 Epiphany, Year A The people complain to God: “Why do we fast, but you do not see?” In those days in Israel, the people fasted in times of anxiety and fear, when they faced a threatening crisis too big to manage. When Israel’s first king, Saul

  • Paul’s Experience

    January 28, 2017;  The Conversion of St. Paul   I’ve mentioned before how important it is to me that I was brought up in the racially segregated South. When I realized how wrong my hometown was about something very important, it opened me to the possibility that there might be

  • A Willingness to be Changed

    I’ve spent the weekend watching my Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds pour over with images of friends and strangers taking to the streets for the March on Washington and sister marches all over the country and around the world. In our Epistle this morning Paul writes: “For Christ did not

  • Window of God’s Light

    1 Epiphany, The Feast of the Baptism of our Lord   We are just a couple of weeks past the darkest day of the year.  Each day the sun rises a little earlier and sets a moment later.  We feel the stirrings of light and warmth and light.  Oh, there

  • The Scene at the Manger

    Christmas Eve, 2016, Year A For Christians, Jesus is the lens through which we understand the nature of God and the shape of reality. I think the Christmas story gives us a beautiful picture of God’s desire for creation. In the familiar image of the manger scene we can see

  • We don’t know what we’re doing

    Proper 29, Year C, Track 2 Everybody in the scene was doing what they thought was right. Or as parishioner Charlie Russell is fond of saying: “Behavior is always rational to the person performing the behavior.” When you look around the place called “The Skull,” everyone there was acting according

  • There is a Vision

    20 Pentecost; Proper 22, Year C, Track 2 (Luke 13:10-17) Now Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up

  • Turning Bad to Good

    18 Pentecost, Proper 20, Year C, Track 2 Episcopal Revised Common Lectionary   The whole economic system in Jesus’ day was unjust and exploitative. During his lifetime, there was a profound transfer of land ownership in Israel. Parcels of land which generations of families had owned and farmed were lost.