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Sermon: “An Attitude of Gratitude"

Community Thanksgiving Service.11.24.19 St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Fr. Larry Ort Deuteronomy 26.1-11; Psalm 100; Philippians 4.4-9; John 6.25-35 If you are like me, you do not get too excited about radio preachers or televangelists. But there is one radio program I have enjoyed over the years, though I have not listened to it for some time – Rev. Charles Swindoll’s “Insight for Living.” Most of you have heard or read Chuck Swindoll’s quotation concerning gratitude. Listen closely to his words of wisdom: The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circum

Sermon: “Beware the Apocalyptic Appeal!"

Sermon.11.17.19 St. Paul’s – Brookings Fr. Larry Ort Isaiah 65.17-25; Canticle 9; 2 Thessalonians 3.6-13; Luke 21.5-19 Have you ever stopped to think about how much we love a good disaster flick? Natural disaster flicks include epidemics and pandemics; meteoroids, asteroids, and impact events; and volcanoes. Then we have all the end of days movies: Apocalypse, 2012, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, and all the Left Behind series. The three highest grossing movies ever – over 2 billion each (Avengers – Endgame, Avatar, and Titanic) all have disaster themes. We love a good disaster! Today’s reading from Luke presents us with a disaster scenario. People are

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