8 April 2018 – B Easter 2: Deacon Joan Kelly shares her thoughts on getting out of the locked room and into the world. (Note: we arrived at the church this Sunday to find two starlings that had somehow managed to get in. They spent pretty much all morning flying around the sanctuary, thus leading to some unusual noises you may hear as well as a sermonic mention of “distractions.”)
1 April 2018 – B Easter Sunday: Who will roll away the stone? Remembering that each Gospel tells its story a little differently than the others, it turns out that the answer to this question in Mark opens up some interesting avenues of reflection.
29 March 2018 – Maundy Thursday: It was a great celebration at the start, but then it just plain got weird!
25 March 2018 – B Palm Sunday: Rather than preach a full sermon after such a long Gospel reading (notwithstanding the Liturgy of the Palms beforehand!) this format of inserting a few clarifying comments during the Passion Narrative has received many compliments.
18 March 2018 – The Sesquicentennial Celebration: Our guest celebrant and preacher, The Rt. Rev’d Eugene Taylor Sutton, reviews the past and present ministries of Emmanuel Church, looking forward to a bright future.
11 March 2018 – B Lent 4: In the familiar hymn, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,” we sing “Oh how sweet to walk in the pilgrim’s way.” That’s probably not how it felt to the people of Israel on their long journey to the promised land, especially when they are attacked by poisonous snakes.
4 March 2018 – B Lent 3: Fr. Bill Smith leads a spiritual journey from the Temple in Jerusalem to the Temple that now resides in our hearts.
25 February 2018 – B Lent 2: Deacon Joan Kelly on what it means to take up our individual crosses to follow Jesus.
18 February 2018: First Sunday in Lent: In the context of a Baptism service, here are some thoughts about covenants in general, the covenant with Noah and a preview of covenants yet to come this season.
11 February 2018 – B Last Sunday of Epiphany: We always read the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus on this Sunday. Thanks to a recent bequest the great Transfiguration window above Emmanuel’s altar has been cleaned, and details are now visible that weren’t before. After a brief tour of those details, the question of why this happened in the first place is addressed.
4 February 2018 – B Epiphany 5: Fr. Bill Smith fills in some of the details around the Gospel story of the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law, and reminds us that we are “saved to serve.”
28 January 2018 – B Epiphany 4: Deacon Joan Kelly describes how Jesus teaches, in contrast to the lack of authority of the scribes and rabbis of his day, as well as the sensationalism of today.
21 January 2018 – B Epiphany 3: The Episcopal Church is okay with questions, even when they don’t have clear answers, or even questions multiple answers. Here are four questions that are raised by the lessons which are begging for answers.
14 January 2018 – B Epiphany 2: Jesus calls Philip and Nathaniel to come and join him as disciples, but what exactly does that mean? Parishioner Bob Banker “finishes” this sermon by describing a ministry that he is deeply involved with.
7 January 2018 – Feast of the Baptism of our Lord: Fr. Bill Smith describes how he came to terms with the curious fact about Jesus being baptized by John. If John was in the business of forgiving sins, why did the sinless Jesus come to him? And what does that mean for us?
31 December 2017 – A Service on the Circle of Time: No sermon, but an interesting collections of lessons and psalms to mark the changing of the year.
25 December 2017 – Christmas Morning: Each year the Rector writes an original story for Christmas morning, featuring a character associated with the larger story.
24 December 2017 – B Advent 4: Can’t have Christmas before the 4th Sunday of Advent, and so almost 50 us us gathered in the parish hall around the large table for our last bit of preparation. Deacon Joan Kelly kept it short and very sweet.
17 December 2017 – B Advent 3: Our culture wants us to focus on what we get for Christmas. Recalling a sermon heard a long time, Canon Gatza focuses attention on what we are giving from ourselves, from our talents and skills.
10 December 2017 – B Advent 2: Canon Gatza draws on some personal experiences as well as examples from scripture to talk about wilderness experiences and what they are good for.
3 December 2017 – B Advent 1: Fr. Bill Smith on warnings and signs and what we need to do when we see them. “Keep playing; keep on going; don’t stop.”