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Sermon: "The Journey to Jerusalem"

Sermon.06.30.19 St. Paul’s – Brookings Fr. Larry Ort 2 Kings 2.1-2, 6-14; Psalm 77.1-2, 11-20; Galatians 5.1, 13-25; Luke 9.51-62 Sometimes it is good to get the “lay of the land,” to review where we have been and where we are going. We opened June with Pentecost, the outpouring of God’s Spirit upon the early church. The Advocate, the Comforter, who empowers us to change our lives and to engage in the ministry to which we are called, has come. On Trinity Sunday, we considered the divine dance of God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit – the three yet one who pour their love out to each other and to us. Last week we looked at several instances of “troubled souls” – Elijah’s despond

Sermon: "Troubled Souls"

Sermon.06.23.19 St. Paul’s Episcopal – Brookings Fr. Larry Ort I Kings 19.1-15a; Psalm 42 – 43; Galatians 3.23-29; Luke 8.26-39 The Revised Common Lectionary Readings for this have a great deal to say about troubled souls. The reading from I Kings recounts Elijah’s despondency following victory over the prophets of Baal, the Canaanite god of storms, and hearing Queen Jezebel’s plans for his execution. After fleeing to Mt. Horeb (Mount Sinai), and spending the night in a cave, God commanded Elijah to go out and stand on the mountain for the Lord was about to pass by. A great wind capable of splitting rocks occurred, which was followed by an earthquake, which was in turn followed by a fire. Go

Sermon: "The Trinity"

Sermon.06.16.19 St. Paul’s Episcopal – Bookings Fr. Larry Ort Proverbs 8.1-4, 22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5.1-5; John 16.12-15 Last Sunday was the celebrated of Pentecost – the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon God’s people – the birth of the early Church. People were dramatically changed and empowered through the Holy Spirit. Today is Trinity Sunday, the first Sunday after Pentecost. The Trinity is a puzzle which theologians and the ordinary persons have long sought to understand, if not explain. Given our highly rational minds, this is only to be expected. Yet some things may be best experienced as opposed to being understood. I do not profess to understand the Trinity, but I can attest to hav

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