Sermons & Series

Love
July 1, 2018

The Touch

The Touch

In June, Stuart and I celebrated 36 years of marriage—which includes the three years when we hated each other. I was at a funeral this week and it reminded me of the first day and moment that our marriage began to resurrect from the dead. Stuart and I had been separated for about two years […]

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February 14, 2018

Love Gone Wrong: When Ash Wednesday Falls on Valentine’s Day

Love Gone Wrong: When Ash Wednesday Falls on Valentine's Day

In a beautiful twist of irony, this is the first time since 1945 that Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day have coincided. It’s such a bad pairing for a hybrid holiday that it makes you wonder if someone screwed up. The ultimate day of fasting – the day we are reminded that we are sinners and […]

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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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January 1, 2017

New Year, New Me

New Year, New Me

It’s an honor to get to speak to you this morning. Happy New Year! It’s 2017! It’s nice to say that. Isn’t that nice to hear? No matter what last year was like for you, you’re probably ready for a new start. It seems like all we’ve been talking about is how awful 2016 was and […]

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September 4, 2016

The String

The String

It’s Labor Day Weekend–which means you’re either knee deep in some big home project or taking one last lazy summer weekend. Or maybe both. But it also means Fall TV Premiers are coming up, the time when we get to see a new season after the cliff hangers of last season. I am not really […]

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July 17, 2016

The One Thing Needful

The One Thing Needful

Well, you know a church is on summer vacation when they bring in their web guy to preach sermons on Sunday! Talk about the B Team! I’m thankful to be up here, though. I’m Ethan Richardson, and I’m currently in the discernment process for ordination in the Episcopal Church. I also work in the Christ […]

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May 8, 2016

Messy Mother

Messy Mother

Happy Mother’s Day! As I stand up here I am keenly aware that I am probably the only Mother to have preached from this pulpit on Mother’s Day. It’s hard to describe the feeling—awe, joy, anxiety, gratitude, amazement, a little disbelief- all mixed together. I wonder, “How did this happen—that I am in Christ Church […]

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April 24, 2016

You, I Would Die for You

You, I Would Die for You

In our gospel reading this morning, Jesus gives his disciples a new commandment. The setting is the Last Supper. These are some of His final words to His followers. The new commandment is this: the disciples are to love one another, just as Jesus has loved them.  He says there will be a kind of […]

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March 6, 2016

Riotous Love

Riotous Love

What would I have to do to make you not love me? Have a really bad hair day? Cuss from the pulpit? Not show up for vestry? Drink all the wine on the altar? Get 100 tattoos? Maybe just run amuck? Or maybe something simpler, like not talk to you or ignore you completely. What […]

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October 11, 2015

Money and Love

Money and Love

My friend George sent me his list of “Top 10 Biblical Also-Rans” – characters in the bible who seem to get short shrift. I’ve got to agree with him about Ananias and Sapphira, the couple in the book of Acts that gets a major comeuppance for not being transparent with their finances with the church […]

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