Sermons & Series

Paul N. Walker
December 3, 2017

Everyone Is Just Waiting

Everyone Is Just Waiting

This past week I heard about some holiday gathering where you could bring your kids to sit not just on Santa’s lap, but on the Grinch’s lap too. That’s kind of funny. Someone tweeted something witty about the villain of Hooville: “Just so we’re clear, the Grinch never hated Christmas. He hated people, which is […]

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November 23, 2017

All Things Come of Thee

All Things Come of Thee

Welcome to Christ Church on this beautiful Thanksgiving morning. What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving Day?  I’m thankful for the great privilege I had of baptizing the great grandchildren of Connie, a dear parishioner here at Christ Church earlier this morning. I also had the privilege of burying their great grandfather, Woody, several years […]

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November 5, 2017

On the Other Side of Sleep

On the Other Side of Sleep

Today is All Saint’s Sunday. I love All Saint’s Sunday for a number of reasons. The weather is usually beautiful and the landscape picturesque at this time of year. We always have lots of baptisms, which are hopeful for all of us. We’ve even got one at the 7:45 service this year! The hymns we […]

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October 22, 2017

Bearing Our Reality

Bearing Our Reality

This morning I will preach on our Exodus passage. This will be the 3rd Christ Church sermon on our Exodus readings. If you’ve been away for a few weeks, I would encourage you to go to our website and listen to Marilu’s sermon from 2 weeks ago, and Dave’s from last week. Tomorrow, you could […]

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September 24, 2017

The God Who Walks the Walk

The God Who Walks the Walk

Jesus must have really enjoyed telling this one. You definitely would have wanted Jesus at your dinner party. Not only would you not have to worry about running out of wine, you could count on Him to tell great stories. This morning’s story is a doozy. A vineyard owner goes out bright and early to […]

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September 10, 2017

Agape Refuses the Process

Agape Refuses the Process

In our epistle reading today, St. Paul echoes Jesus’ discussion about love and the law. He says that the love fulfills the law and that all the commandments are summed up in “love your neighbor as yourself.” Like Jesus, Paul says, “love one another.”  What does it mean to love one another? St. Paul isn’t […]

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August 13, 2017

Jesus Comes Aboard the Ship of Fools

Jesus Comes Aboard the Ship of Fools

I’m grateful to see you all here this morning. I know that some have stayed away from downtown, fearing lingering violence. Yesterday was a terrible day for Charlottesville. I hope I will be able to deliver a message of hope and comfort. You probably assume that you are sitting in the sanctuary of Christ Church, […]

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July 9, 2017

Come Unto Me

Come Unto Me

If ever you are in search of comfort, you can always go to the appropriately named “Comfortable Words” in the Book of Common Prayer. The Comfortable Words are the four verses from scripture found right after the confession and absolution in the Rite I version of Communion. They are called Comfortable Words because they are […]

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June 18, 2017

God Has the Last Laugh

God Has the Last Laugh

Most people have heard Woody Allen’s famous quip about the best way to make God laugh: just tell Him your plans. But in today’s reading from Genesis we have the reverse situation happening. God tells Sarah His plans, and Sarah laughs. But Sarah’s laugh isn’t a good-natured, happy laugh; it’s a bitter, mocking, sarcastic laugh. […]

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May 21, 2017

The Real Good News

The Real Good News

Christie and I recently had dinner with dear friends from England who were visiting the States. We’ve known them for 30 year and shared much of our lives together. Yet, during a discussion at dinner I found myself defending my point of view about a certain subject, with a mixture of anger, arrogance and downright […]

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