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Giver or taker? (Fr. David Houk)
Giver or taker? (Fr. David Houk)

Lent 2: February 28, 2021. Genesis 22:1-14; St. Mark 8:31-38. How we think about God will fundamental influence we hear Jesus’ words to take up our cross and follow him. Listen to the sermon. hoto by K. Mitch Hodge on Unsplash.

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The bow in the clouds (Fr. Herb DeWees)
The bow in the clouds (Fr. Herb DeWees)

Lent 1: February 21, 2021. St. Mark 1:9-13. God never promised us a rose garden; but he gave us an eternal sign of His covenant love for us. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Yulia Gadalina on Unsplash.

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On Epiphanies (Fr. David Houk)
On Epiphanies (Fr. David Houk)

Last Epiphany: February 14, 2021. St. Mark 9:2-9. On the last Sunday after the Epiphany we hear about Jesus on the mount of transfiguration, burning brightly in the knowledge of God’s love. We all need an epiphany to get us through dark days. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Júnior Ferreira on Unsplash.

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The Business of Busyness (Fr. Oliver Butler)
The Business of Busyness (Fr. Oliver Butler)

Epiphany 5: February 7, 2021. St. Mark 1:29-39. In 2021 it is easy to get a lot done all at once, even easier to take on too much, which means life’s busyness is sometimes unavoidable. Fr. Butler looks at Jesus’ life and ministry–a very busy and demanding time–explores Jesus’ response to it as one we

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Unpuffed Love (Fr. David Houk)
Unpuffed Love (Fr. David Houk)

Epiphany 4: January 31, 2021. 1 Corinthians 8:1b–13. Knowledge can go to our heads. But Christianity is concerned with transformation, not information. Listen to the sermon.

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Jesus’ inaugural address (Fr. Herb DeWees)
Jesus’ inaugural address (Fr. Herb DeWees)

Epiphany 3: January 24, 2021. St. Mark 1:14-20. Mark’s Gospel immediately begins with Jesus’ preaching of the Kingdom of God. Fr. Herb describes the three-fold meaning that the Kingdom is at hand. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Arturo Rey on Unsplash.

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Listening to God (Fr. David Houk)         
Listening to God (Fr. David Houk)         

Epiphany 2: January 17, 2021. 1 Samuel 3:1-20. The story of young Samuel’s call instructs the boy to say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant hears.” Fr. Houk talks about how we can all grow in listening to the voice of God. Listen to the sermon. Photo by C D-X on Unsplash.

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Getting dirty and getting clean (Fr. Oliver Butler)
Getting dirty and getting clean (Fr. Oliver Butler)

Epiphany 1: January 10, 2021. St. Mark 1:7-11. Fr. Butler talks about Jesus’ baptism and ours. Listen to the sermon. Photo by mrjn Photography on Unsplash

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We three gifts (Fr. David Houk)
We three gifts (Fr. David Houk)

Christmas 2: January 3, 2021. St. Matthew 2:1-12. Gold, frankincense, and myrrh show us who Jesus really is. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Inbal Malca on Unsplash

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The willing embrace (Fr. David Houk)
The willing embrace (Fr. David Houk)

Christmas Eve: December 14, 2020. St. Luke 2:1-20. In 2020, we have had to endure a lot hardship that we wouldn’t have chosen. The amazing thing about Christmas is that God willingly embraced our imperfect world and the human condition in order to embrace us. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Anna Shvets from Pexels

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Rejoicing in a purple season (Fr. David Houk)
Rejoicing in a purple season (Fr. David Houk)

Advent 3: December 13, 2020. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28. On Rose Sunday, in a year full of struggle, St. Paul calls us to transcend our lizard brain and rejoice. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Jackson David on Unsplash

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Hope for exiles (Fr. Herb DeWees)
Hope for exiles (Fr. Herb DeWees)

Advent 2: December 6, 2020. St. Mark 1:1-8. The fulfillment of Isaiah’s promise of comfort is John the Baptist, who moved people to repentance and gave them hope. Listen to the sermon.

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Awake (Fr. David Houk)
Awake (Fr. David Houk)

Advent 1: November 29, 2020. St. Mark 13:24-37. If you really want the kingdom Jesus is bringing when he returns, you will work for that kingdom in the here and now. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Alexandra Gorn on Unsplash.

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The king over all (Fr. Oliver Butler)
The king over all (Fr. Oliver Butler)

Christ the King: November 22, 2020. Ezekiel 34:11-17 and 1 Cor. 15:20-28. On this last Sunday of the liturgical year, Fr. Butler helps us proclaim Jesus as King in the midst of a tough 2020. By looking back at what Christ our King has already done for us, we can look forward and press through

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Preparing for finals (Fr. David Houk)
Preparing for finals (Fr. David Houk)

November 15, 2020. St Matthew 25:14-15,19-29. If we want to know how God is going to evaluate us in the end, we can look at Jesus’ evaluation of Israel in his day. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Museums Victoria on Unsplash.

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Let justice roll (Jacob Nichols)
Let justice roll (Jacob Nichols)

November 8, 2020. Amos 5:18-24. God has some strong words for the people of Israel and for us. He wants our hearts and hands to be working together for his world. Listen to the sermon. Photo by didin emelu on Unsplash.

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What are Christians known for? (Fr. David Houk)
What are Christians known for? (Fr. David Houk)

All Saints: November 1, 2020. St. Matthew 5:1-12. On All Saints, we hear Jesus’s “beatitudes,” the pronouncement of blessing for those living the life of the kingdom. Fr. Houk recasts the beatitudes as competencies Christians should be known for and good at. Listen to the sermon.

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Looking back, looking ahead, and following the Leader (Fr. Oliver Butler)
Looking back, looking ahead, and following the Leader (Fr. Oliver Butler)

October 25, 2020 Deuteronomy 34:1-12. With all the challenges of 2020, Fr. Butler looks at the end of Moses’s life and reflects on what it means to trust in Jesus to get us to the Promised Land. Listen to the sermon.

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Sovereignty and politics (Fr. Herb DeWees)
Sovereignty and politics (Fr. Herb DeWees)

October 18, 2020. St. Matthew 22:15-22. When the Pharisees try to entrap Jesus with a question about taxes, Jesus responds that God’s sovereign image adorns and identifies his chosen people, the coin of his realm. Listen to the sermon.

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An invitation to generosity (Fr. David Houk)
An invitation to generosity (Fr. David Houk)

October 11, 2020. St. Matthew 22:1-14. The parable of the Wedding Banquet is a story of God’s invitational generosity. The question is whether his grace inspires a generous response in us. Listen to the sermon.

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The wine business (Fr. David Houk)
The wine business (Fr. David Houk)

October 4, 2020. St. Matthew 21:33-43. Another parable about a vineyard, a parable that reminds Fr. Houk of a poem by George Herbert: “Love is that liquor, sweet and most divine / which by God feels as blood, but I, as wine. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Maja Petric on Unsplash.

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Generous Joy and Joyful Generosity (Fr. Oliver Butler)
Generous Joy and Joyful Generosity (Fr. Oliver Butler)

September 27, 2020. Philippians 2:1-13. Paul writes the “Joyful Letter” to the Philippians from jail, giving us encouragement to be like-minded in our church unity and to model ourselves after Jesus himself. Fr. Butler looks at the generosity of God in Christ, as our example, while reflecting on Christian joy and fulfillment as a result

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Three barriers to generosity (Fr. David Houk)
Three barriers to generosity (Fr. David Houk)

September 20, 2020. St. Matthew 20:1-16. Jesus’ parable of the Laborers in the Vineyards ends with the question, “Or do you begrudge my generosity?”  Fr. Houk talks about pride, fear, and judgment getting in the way of our being as generous as God. Listen to the sermon.

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Omnigenerous (Fr. David Houk)
Omnigenerous (Fr. David Houk)

August 23, 2020. St. Matthew 18:21-35. Jesus tells a parable about forgiveness that captures the essence of God’s generosity toward us and our need to walk out of the prison of our own stinginess. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Ivan Aleksic on Unsplash.

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Restoring my brother (Jacob Nichols)
Restoring my brother (Jacob Nichols)

September 6, 2020. St. Matthew 18:15-20. What are we to do if a fellow believer sins against us? Jesus gives us three clear steps for restoring the relationship between the sinner and the one who has been sinned against. This sermon looks at the rationale and the results of these three steps. Listen to the

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Generosity as the fulfillment of human potential (Bp. James Stanton)
Generosity as the fulfillment of human potential (Bp. James Stanton)

August 30, 2020. St. Matthew 5:43-6:4. Bp. Stanton is our guest preacher as we continue our series on how growing in generosity means growing into the character and likeness of God. Listen to the sermon.

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Baal, Pan, Caesar, and the living God (Fr. David Houk)
Baal, Pan, Caesar, and the living God (Fr. David Houk)

August 23, 2020. St. Matthew 16:13-20. Jesus takes his disciples to pagan Caesarea Philippi. Maybe there’s a little pagan in all of us. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Miriam Espacio on Unsplash.

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The Canaanite woman (Fr. David Houk)
The Canaanite woman (Fr. David Houk)

August 16, 2020. St. Matthew 15:21 – 28. God doesn’t change his mind. But he does wait patiently for us to change our minds, about him and the people he loves. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Daniel Brunsteiner on Unsplash.

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No towels (Fr. Oliver Butler)
No towels (Fr. Oliver Butler)

August 9, 2020. St. Matthew 14:22-33. Following Jesus through this stormy life will surely leave us soaked on occasion. Yet, in spite of our messy wet selves, Jesus restores, saves, and calls us to do the work of the Gospel before we are dry. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Marvin Meyer on Unsplash.

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Generosity and the nature of God (Fr. David Houk)
Generosity and the nature of God (Fr. David Houk)

August 2, 2020. St. Matthew 14:13-21. At the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus shows he is the definition of generosity: liberal in giving, free from meanness and smallness of mind, abundantly providing more than enough. If you’d like to be generous, too, follow along. Listen to the sermon.

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Kingdom wisdom (Fr. Herb DeWees)
Kingdom wisdom (Fr. Herb DeWees)

July 26, 2020. St. Matthew 13:31-33,44–49a. Today’s readings illuminate Jesus’ private teaching to disciples that both the Wisdom of the Old Testament law and His new teachings will apply in the Kingdom of Heaven. Listen to the sermon. Photo by SpaceX on Unsplash.

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Is the Christian life hard or easy? (Fr. David Houk)
Is the Christian life hard or easy? (Fr. David Houk)

July 5, 2020. St. Matthew 11:25-30. Yes. Yes it is. And somehow embracing the paradox lightens the load. Listen to the sermon.

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Top ten cool things about John the Baptist (Fr. David Houk)
Top ten cool things about John the Baptist (Fr. David Houk)

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist (transferred): June 28, 2020. There’s something for everyone in this top ten list about John the Baptists, and what it means for a parish in Dallas that takes its name from him. Listen to the sermon.

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Unity and Personality (Fr. David Houk)
Unity and Personality (Fr. David Houk)

Trinity Sunday: June 7, 2020. Perhaps we already believe in the Trinity as the source and the goal of our highest aspirations. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Bruce Christianson on Unsplash.

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Reconciled humanity (Fr. David Houk)      
Reconciled humanity (Fr. David Houk)      

Pentecost: May 31, 2020. John 20:19-23; Acts 2:1-11 What does Pentecost have to do with racial reconciliation? Quite a lot, says Fr. David, as he reflects on the death of George Floyd and the church’s need to break down the walls that divide our hostile world. Listen to the sermon.

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On the road (Fr. David Houk)      
On the road (Fr. David Houk)      

Easter 3. Luke 24:13-35. Jesus joins two disciples on the road to Emmaus, and he joins us in our lives, too. What happens when he takes, blesses, breaks, and gives bread? Listen to the sermon. Photo by Daria Tkachenko on Unsplash

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The hurt and the healer (David Porcheddu)
The hurt and the healer (David Porcheddu)

Easter 2. John 20:24-29. How many times have we been hurt by putting our hope in something we were sure was going to happen but didn’t? How many times have we thought, “God, are you really who you say you are?” “Are you really the Messiah?” We have confidence that Jesus sees our dashed hope

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A glorified body (Fr. David Houk)      
A glorified body (Fr. David Houk)      

Easter Sunday.  John 20:1-18 Shut in during the pandemic, we all want things to get back to normal. But maybe we should be hoping for resurrection instead of resuscitation. Listen to the sermon.

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Finished (Fr. David Houk)      
Finished (Fr. David Houk)      

Good Friday.  John 18:1–19:37` Fr. Houk offers two takes on Jesus’ final word from the cross. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Christopher Brown on Flicker.  

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Game changer (Fr. David Houk)
Game changer (Fr. David Houk)

Palm Sunday. Matthew 26:36-27:54. The Passion narrative teaches us that we all have to lose. We come to God by doing it wrong. Listen to the sermon. View the video:    

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Resurrection through suffering (Fr. David Houk)
Resurrection through suffering (Fr. David Houk)

Lent 5. John 11:17-44. There’s a lot of pain running through the passage about Jesus’ raising Lazarus from the dead. We should pay attention to the pain and learn what it has to teach us. Listen to the sermon.

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Unexpected (Jacob Nichols)
Unexpected (Jacob Nichols)

Lent 4. 1 Samuel 16 and John 9. God often chooses the most unexpected among us to glorify Himself. How might you serve in unexpected ways? Listen to the sermon. Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash.

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Who are you in the story? (Fr. David Houk)
Who are you in the story? (Fr. David Houk)

Lent 3. John 4:5-42. Jesus and his disciples encounter a Samaritan woman at the well. Who we relate to in the story says a lot about ourselves. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Frank Albrecht on Unsplash

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Enough (Fr. David Houk) 
Enough (Fr. David Houk) 

Lent 1. Genesis 2:4b-9, 15-17, 25-3:7; Matthew 4:1-11. Jesus’ temptation suggests that the devil will try to get us believe we don’t have enough: security, affection, or control. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Alistair MacRobert on Unsplash

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Ash Wednesday (Fr. David Houk) 
Ash Wednesday (Fr. David Houk) 

(Mt 6:1-6,16-21) On Ash Wednesday, Jesus’ words don’t focus so much on what to do but on what not to do when we practice our piety. Fr. Houk challenges us to let Jesus’ words determine our Lenten decisions. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Grant Whitty on Unsplash.

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Transfigured to be sent (Fr. René Somodevilla)
Transfigured to be sent (Fr. René Somodevilla)

Last Epiphany. Matthew 17:1-9 Guest preacher, Canon René Somodevilla, connects Christ’s transfiguration with what comes next: back into the valley where ministry happens. Listen to the sermon.

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David (Fr. David Houk)
David (Fr. David Houk)

Epiphany 6  Matthew 5:21-24, 27-30, 33-37 Fr. David reflects on King David, a man after God’s own heart, as he contemplates Jesus’s radical words about murder, adultery, and lying. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Will Pantaleo on Unsplash.

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Divine Therapy (Fr. David Houk)
Divine Therapy (Fr. David Houk)

The Feast of the Presentation. Luke 2:22-38. When Mary and Joseph present Jesus in the temple, they encounter two people who know God, the kind of knowing that only comes through prayer. Fr. David recommends his favorite book on prayer. Read the blog for more information. Listen to the sermon Photo by christopher lemercier on

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The E word (Fr. David Houk)          
The E word (Fr. David Houk)          

Epiphany 2. John 1:29-39. Everybody is an evangelist. Nobody keeps good news to himself. Fr. Houk reflects on some reasons we hesitate when it comes to sharing he supremely Good News. Listen to the sermon Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

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Why was Jesus Baptized? (Jacob Nichols)          
Why was Jesus Baptized? (Jacob Nichols)          

Epiphany 1 (Mt 3:13-17) In His baptism, Jesus is revealed as the promised Messiah of Isaiah 42:1-6, the inaugural event of His coming to bring justice upon the whole Earth. It is in this event that we also reflect on our baptism as the inaugural event of our lives in God’s family. Listen to the

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Interested (Fr. David Houk)          
Interested (Fr. David Houk)          

Christmas Eve 2019 (Luke 2:1-20) Human beings are interested in what it must be like to be God. But Christmas tells us that God is interested in what it means to be human. Listen to the sermon

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Babies (Jake Minton)
Babies (Jake Minton)

Christmas Eve Children’s Sermon. You can learn a lot from a baby. Even from the manger, Jesus was teaching us something about God. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Gareth Harper on Unsplash.

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Lessons from waiting (Fr. David Houk)           
Lessons from waiting (Fr. David Houk)           

Dec. 15, 2019 (Mt. 11:2-11) It’s the Third Sunday of Advent and John the Baptist asks in despair, “Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?” Jesus answers with words that beg the question, “What kind of God do we want?” Listen to the sermon Photo by Mitch Lensink on

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A picture of the King (Fr. David Houk)           
A picture of the King (Fr. David Houk)           

Nov. 24, 2019 (Luke 23:35-43) On Christ the King Sunday, the Gospel takes us to the cross. And there we find the kind of king we least expect and the kind of king we need. Listen to the sermon

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Living in the Meantime (Jacob Nichols)
Living in the Meantime (Jacob Nichols)

Nov. 17, 2019 (Luke 21:5-19) Jesus is surprisingly vague about the end of the world in Luke 21. It seems like what he is really interested in is our unwavering trust. Listen to the sermon Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

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The Joy of Sects (Fr. David Houk)
The Joy of Sects (Fr. David Houk)

Nov. 10, 2019 (Luke 20:27-38) In the appointed Gospel, Jesus engages the Sadducees in a conversation about the resurrection. He meets them on their own turf and models for us the way we should engage people in our day. Listen to the sermon

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Almost famous (Fr. David Houk)
Almost famous (Fr. David Houk)

November 3, 2019 (Ecclesiasticus 44:1-15) All Saints is not a feast for the famous, but for those who put the love of Christ first in simple and ordinary ways. Listen to the sermon Photo by Alejandro Ortiz on Unsplash

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Ain’t nobody got TIME for that (Fr. David Houk)         
Ain’t nobody got TIME for that (Fr. David Houk)         

October 6, 2019 (St. Luke 14:15-24) It’s time to Get in the Game as we talk about time, talent, and treasure at St. John’s. Today, Fr. Houk talks about stewardship of time, the most basic of God’s gifts. Listen to the sermon

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Renouncing all (Fr. David Houk)
Renouncing all (Fr. David Houk)

September 8, 2019 (St. Luke 14:25-33) When Jesus tells us we need to hate mother and father, sister and brother, to be his disciple, he is telling us that sometimes our commitments to good things keep us from the point of it all: loving God and everybody else. Listen to the sermon

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Fire and water (Fr. David Houk)
Fire and water (Fr. David Houk)

August 18, 2019 (Luke 12:49-56) Jesus issues a challenge about understanding who God is and what he is doing in the world. How can you know? Listen to the sermon

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Dinner is Served (Jacob Nichols)
Dinner is Served (Jacob Nichols)

July 21, 2019 (Luke 10:38-42) Martha serves well while Mary sits around, but who is commended? Jesus teaches His disciples in this story that developing a relationship with Him is more important than anything, even more important than good works! Listen to the sermon Photo by Jay Wennington on Unsplash

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Neighbors* (Fr. David Houk)
Neighbors* (Fr. David Houk)

July 14, 2019 (Luke 10:25-37) Like the lawyer in today’s Gospel, we all probably put an asterisk on the word “neighbor” believing that there are some people we can’t be expected to love. But in so doing we are denying God’s loving of us in our imperfections. Listen to the sermon Photo by Nina Strehl

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Traveling light (Fr. David Houk)
Traveling light (Fr. David Houk)

July 7, 2019 (Luke 10:1-12,16-20) Jesus gives us an urgent charge to share the Good News of the kingdom. Listen to the sermon Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

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Awkward (Fr. David Houk)
Awkward (Fr. David Houk)

Easter: April 21, 2019 (St. Luke 24:1-10) The only thing to do on a holiday like this is to stop doing and let Easter happen. Listen to the sermon Photo by Bruno van der Kraan on Unsplash

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What does the cross say? (Fr. David Houk)
What does the cross say? (Fr. David Houk)

Good Friday: April 19, 2019 What does the cross say about you? About God? About life, death? About everything? Listen to the sermon   Photo by Bruno van der Kraan on Unsplash

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Palm Sunday (Fr. David Houk)
Palm Sunday (Fr. David Houk)

April 14, 2019 (St. Luke 22:39-23:49) Why did Jesus die? There are lots of people to blame in St. Luke’s cast of characters. Or maybe there’s no one to blame at all. Listen to the sermon   Photo by Raquel Pedrotti on Unsplash

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Oh, brother! (Fr. David Houk)
Oh, brother! (Fr. David Houk)

March 31, 2019 (Luke 15:11–32) Pondering the Prodigal Son, Fr. Houk offers a first person soliloquy in the voice of his older sibling. Listen to the sermon

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The Hen (Fr. David Houk)
The Hen (Fr. David Houk)

March 17, 2019 (Luke 31:31-35) What is our view of God? A warrior bent on destroying his enemies, or a self-sacrificing, vulnerable mother who wants to shield her babies from the violence in the world, rather than have them participate in it? Listen to the sermon   Photo by Désirée Fawn on Unsplash

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Lengthen (Fr. David Houk)
Lengthen (Fr. David Houk)

Ash Wednesday: March 6, 2019 (Mt 6:1-6,16-21) The season of Lent is a time for spring cleaning: simplifying, downsizing, decluttering, making time and space to be centered in the reality of God’s love. Listen to the sermon   Photo by Carl Newton on Unsplash

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Blessed (Fr. David Houk)
Blessed (Fr. David Houk)

February 17, 2019 (Luke 6:17-26) If we are able to quit our woeful striving for blessing we can receive the grace of the present moment, and know that we are already blessed. Listen to the sermon

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It’s a small world (Fr. David Houk)    
It’s a small world (Fr. David Houk)    

February 3, 2019 (St. Luke 4:21–31) After all, God has always been in the business of having mercy on the wrong people. And Jesus calls us to meet the world, not in fear, but in love. Listen to the sermon

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Purity or Passion? (Fr. David Houk)
Purity or Passion? (Fr. David Houk)

January 20, 2019 (St. John 2:1-12) Most of us think religion is about a purity project until we finally realize that what we really want is simply to be loved. Listen to the sermon  

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How far would you go? (Fr. David Houk)   
How far would you go? (Fr. David Houk)   

Epiphany: January 6, 2018 (St. Matthew 2:1-12) The spiritual journey is not easy, but worth it. It’s all about learning who the real God is and discovering your True Self. Listen to the sermon   Photo by Inbal Malca on Unsplash

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How do you know? (Fr. David Houk)
How do you know? (Fr. David Houk)

Christmas Eve: Dec. 24, 2018 (St. Luke 2:1–20) The Incarnation of God, in Bethlehem, in human flesh, in weaknesses and ordinariness, shows us that he truly is loving, gracious, and good. Listen to the sermon

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Not the end (Fr. David Houk)
Not the end (Fr. David Houk)

Advent 1: Dec. 3, 2018 (Luke 21:25-31) The Second Coming is the beginning of the world as it is supposed to be. Listen to the sermon

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Beware the Scribes (Fr. David Houk)
Beware the Scribes (Fr. David Houk)

November 11, 2018 (Mark 12:38-44) Jesus upholds a poor widow as an example of faith, which is defined not be beliefs but by trust. Listen to the sermon

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Episcopal School Sunday Reflection
Episcopal School Sunday Reflection

October 14, 2018  (Episcopal School Sunday)  Student Elle Chavis offers a reflection of being a student at St. John’s Episcopal School. Listen to the reflection

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UnDead (Fr. David Houk)
UnDead (Fr. David Houk)

August 19, 2018 (John 6:53-59) Jesus addresses religious and irreligious zombies who are hungry for life. Listen to the sermon

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Cedars and mustard seeds (Fr. David Houk)
Cedars and mustard seeds (Fr. David Houk)

June 17, 2018 (Ezekiel 31:1-6, 10-14; Mark 4:26-34) Religious leaders are speaking up about the current US policy of separating immigrant children from their families at the Mexican border. Today’s scriptures offer some perspective. Listen to the sermon Photo by Robert Hickerson on Unsplash

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Shabbat (Fr. David Houk)

June 3, 2018 (Mark 2:23-28) The religious mindset thinks about what God wants from us, but Jesus’ words about the Sabbath reveal a relational mindset centered on a God who wants things for us. Listen to the sermon

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Risen scars (Fr. David Houk)
Risen scars (Fr. David Houk)

April 15, 2015 (St. Luke 24:36b-48) When Jesus rose from the dead, he was keen to show his disciples his hands and his feet, the marks of his suffering. Maybe our sharing in the Paschal mystery means showing our scars in a way that speaks grace to others. Listen to the sermon

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Loose ends (Fr. David Houk)

Easter Day: April 1, 2018 (St. Mark 16:1–8) Why does Mark’s account of the resurrection end on such an awkward note? Fr. Houk offers three ideas why. Listen to the sermon

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Coming clean (Fr. David Houk)
Coming clean (Fr. David Houk)

Maundy Thursday: March 29, 2018 (St. John 13:1–15) It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. Listen to the sermon

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Radically okay (Fr. David Houk)
Radically okay (Fr. David Houk)

March 11, 2018 (Ephesians 4:2-10) We say we believe in salvation by grace through faith, but we probably don’t believe it enough. Listen to the sermon

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Two cheers for Torah and Temple (Fr. David Houk)
Two cheers for Torah and Temple (Fr. David Houk)

March 4, 2018 (Exodus 20:1‑17; John 2:13‑22) Somehow the external forms of religion, whether the Law or the sacrificial system, can never go to the heart of the matter. Listen to the sermon

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Pushed (Fr. David Houk)
Pushed (Fr. David Houk)

February 18, 2018 (St. Mark 1:9–13). None of us choose the wilderness. We have to be driven there. Listen to the sermon Photo by Andrew DesLauriers on Unsplash

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Rethinking our programming (Fr. David Houk) 

January 21, 2018 (St. Mark 1:14–20) Jesus invites us to “believe the Gospel,” not because we don’t believe in anything, but because we believe all the wrong things. Listen to the sermon

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A positive beginning (Fr. David Houk) 

January 7, 2018  (St. Mark 1:7-11) The foundation of spiritual growth must be the insight and experience of Jesus at his baptism: a Father who calls us beloved. Listen to the sermon

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Changing the world (Fr. David Houk)  

Christmas Eve: Dec. 25, 2017 (St. Luke 2:1–20) We’re prone to think of top-down regime change as the most potent way to make an impact. Yet when the Word became flesh, he began a bottom-up revolution. Listen to the sermon

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Rejoice Always (Deacon Roger Button)

December 15 (1 Thessalonians 5:16-24) In I Thessalonians, St. Paul encourages Christians to “rejoice always.” Often that seems inappropriate or impossible. What might St. Paul have meant? How might a Christian “rejoice always” — even in challenging circumstances? Listen to the sermon

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Level ground (Fr. David Houk)
Level ground (Fr. David Houk)

Advent 2: Dec. 10, 2017 (St. Mark 1: 1–8) John the Baptist challenge is for everyone—tax collectors, sinners, and “pretty good people” to let go of pride, superiority, and self righteousness and join him at the lowest place. Listen to the sermon

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What’s your oil? (Fr. David Houk)

November 12, 2017 (St. Matthew 25:1-13) The parable of the ten maidens challenges us to commit to, and guard tenaciously, those spiritual practices that keep us ready, alert, growing, and living the Kingdom of God each day. Listen to the sermon

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The Vineyard (Fr. David Houk)

October 8, 2017 (St. Matthew 21:33-43) Jesus parable calls for some probing questions. What is our vineyard for? Who is our vineyard for? Is the wine we receive just for us, or are we supposed to share the cup of God’s loving kindness with others? Listen to the sermon

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God’s determined love for the world (Fr. John Thorpe)

September 30, 2017 (St. Luke 10:38) On the occasion of Episcopal School Sunday Fr. Thorpe reminds us that together – the church and the school are the instrument of God’s determined love for the world. Listen to the sermon

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Paid for eternity (Fr. Herb DeWees)

September 24, 2017 (Matthew 20:1-16) We all want to earn it, but we can’t. But what we really need is grace. Jesus’ parable makes plain that it’s not our self effort but God’s generosity that matters. Listen to the sermon

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How many times? (Fr. David Houk)

September 17, 2017 (St. Matthew 18:21-25) Jesus’s words about “seventy times seven” and the parable he tells suggest we all get to choose the universe we want to live in, whether we opt for justice and punishment or mercy and forgiveness. The key to the latter is letting go. Listen to the sermon

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Who is my Neighbor? (Dr. Scott Kellermann)

September 03, 2017 (St. Matthew 16:21-28) Dr. Kellermann reflects on today’s Epistle in an unforgettable message to the St. John’s parish. Scott Kellermann, MD, is a California-based family physician and tropical medicine specialist. He and his wife, Carol, an educator, traveled to Uganda in 2000 with the Episcopal Medical Missions Foundation to assess the needs of the

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The worthiness game (Fr. David Houk)
The worthiness game (Fr. David Houk)

August 20, 2017 (St. Matthew 15:20-28) A Canaanite woman comes to Jesus in bold humility, and her faith is the way to be free of the good-enough game, the performance game, we all try to play. Listen to the sermon

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Fear (Fr. David Houk)
Fear (Fr. David Houk)

August 13, 2017 (St. Matthew 14:22-33) Jesus asks his disciples, “Why did you doubt?” and the answer all over the passage (and us) is fear. Maybe Jesus puts us in the storm, on the lake, in the boat, so that we can name and relinquish our fears. Listen to the sermon

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Dance (Fr. David Houk)
Dance (Fr. David Houk)

June 11, 2017 (Genesis 1:1-2:3). A long tradition in the Church describes the mystery of the Holy Trinity as perichoresis, a dance, an eternal movement of loving and being loved. Genesis’s account of creation says human beings are made in the image and likeness of this triune God, which means we are invited to dance

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