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Sermon: "Creation Care and Environmentalism"

Creation Care and Environmentalism Homily for July 28, 2019 by Chuck Berry When Fr Larry asked me to give a homily, I said “surely, but it might be a little green.” I am an environmentalist. My mission is to help all parishes and missions in the Diocese bring Creation Care into the liturgy and teachings of the church. I started a Creation Care Network in the Diocese – you can view our activities on the Diocesan Website – and all of my advice to them came from practicing on you here at St Paul’s as chairperson of the Natural Cathedral Committee, which first met in 2002 when Rev. Marsha Hunter asked me to help with Rogation Day. (I didn’t know what it was!) About the homily for today…. I wa

Sermon: "Bearing Fruit"

Sermon.07.14.19 St. Paul’s – Brookings Fr. Larry Ort Deuteronomy 30.9-14; Psalm 25.1-9; Colossians 1.1-14; Luke 10.25-37 I suspect most, if not all of us, are very familiar with the parable of the Good Samaritan. The parable is ensconced in our society; it is not unusual to hear someone referred to as a “good Samaritan.” Perhaps you are thinking this parable is somewhat overworked – that it is so familiar not much can be “mined” from it. I must confess when I first read some of the assigned lectionary readings, I often wonder what more I can say. Then I begin my research and I usually find a lot more can be said. The readings from Deuteronomy and Colossians both speak of bearing fruit. Conce

Sermon: "What Does the Peace of God Entail?"

Sermon.07.07.19 St. Paul’s Episcopal – Brookings Fr. Larry Ort Isaiah 66.10-14; Psalm 66.1-8; Galatians 6.1-16; Luke 10.1-11, 16-20 Our readings for today have a lot to say about peace. The reading from Isaiah personifies Jerusalem and provides us with a wonderful image of peace that flows from the motherhood of God (John Foley: http://liturgy.slu.edu/14OrdC070719/reflections_foley.html). The inhabitants of Jerusalem are to “rejoice with Jerusalem;” “they are to nurse and be satisfied from her consoling breast” (Isaiah 66.10-11; NRSV). The Lord further promises to extend prosperity to Jerusalem, that the people “shall nurse and be carried on her arm, and dandled on her knees. As a mother com

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