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Trinity XI; LK 8:9-14; 12 August 2018; Rev. Dennis Washburn, Ph.D 

The parable of the Pharisee and tax-collector is about two men praying. Much can be said about Christian prayer. The main emphasis today is on the mental and spiritual attitudes for prayer- and by extension, about attitudes for all of life. Like the two sons in the Parable of the Prodigal Son two weeks ago, here we have two contrasting characters- a self-righteous person and a humble repentant one. According to St. Luke, our Lord told this parable to some respectable religious people. And for such people in Palestine, starting with a Pharisee going to the Temple to pray seemed [...]

By | 2018-08-15T08:23:17+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Trinity 10 2018 by Fr. Michael Cawthon

I am going to discuss the past few months at St. Michael’s as compared to what we hear today concerning God and Faith by many who say “faith is about “God and Me” The secular world says “who needs the church – it about my friend – you know – Jesus and me; however, we just experienced the opposite.   In Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians today he speaks “concerning spiritual gifts.” Paul speaks of the Spirit / as giving different gifts, of differing levels, to differing people. The Holy Ghost is a divine person of the Trinity, so [...]

By | 2018-08-05T06:18:21+00:00 August 4th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Sermon Notes: Trinity VIII; Rev. Dennis Washburn, Ph.D.

How do you react when religion, faith or beliefs are mentioned- especially outside a church building? There are two common responses. Some people become nervous or uncomfortable because they don’t like religious discussion. Other people of differing persuasions are well disposed to discussions of religion. They assume that professing some faith, especially a Judeo-Christian one, is basically good. In fact, there are drawbacks to each of these responses to religion. Those who are skeptical about all religion ignore the spiritual dimensions of the universe and misunderstand some basic human traits. The opposite response is also has problematic. Assuming that all [...]

By | 2018-07-24T09:51:24+00:00 July 24th, 2018|Sermons|1 Comment

Synod 2018 Sermon by Fr. Michael Cawthon

Yes, crown him lord of all indeed; for for The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing… He shall feed me, and shall convert my soul, He shall provide me comfort, and yes, my cup will be full as I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever… (So) … And yes, the Spirit of the Lord God is upon us (me); because the Lord hath anointed us (me) to preach good tiding unto the meek, he hath sent us (me) to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim and to open to them that are bound… (Isaiah 61:1) 2Ti [...]

By | 2018-07-22T06:18:50+00:00 July 22nd, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Trinity V 2018  Fr. Michael Cawthon

Oh, the wonder of the early followers of Christ. While we meet this morning in this beautiful church, called St. Michael the Archangel - we are surrounded by friends and comfort, but in the Gospel we see what poor conveniences Christ had for His ministry. So yes, let us enjoy our air conditioned seat within the beautiful surroundings of His Holy Church.   Vast crowds attended Christ's preaching: The people pressed upon him to hear the word of God in v. 1 of the Gospel. Jesus drew them out to the sand of the sea shore, reminding us Abrahams promise, [...]

By | 2018-07-01T06:31:30+00:00 July 1st, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Trinity IV (Nativity John Baptist) Fr. Michael Cawthon

Last week Bishop Myers spoke to us about reaching out to others as he discussed the parable of the Lost Sheep and he spoke of the Pharisees who were complaining that Jesus “receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.” The Phrarisees complained for they knew not who Jesus  was  … a loving God who loves all of His Creation. And this morning, we celebrate the Nativity of John the Baptist. He who was related to Jesus through their mothers. He who began to teach in the (15) fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar . . . around A.D. 29. [...]

By | 2018-06-24T06:15:29+00:00 June 23rd, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Trinity 2 June 10, 2018 Fr. Michael Cawthon

Last week, Fr. Dennis preached on love: speaking of the Greek term used for “love,” agape’ - Love that has its source in God. And God now shows His love for us as he tells us: Come; for all things are now ready… In today’s Gospel, He sends his messengers out to announce this joyful message…out into the fields and streets they go… And, sadly, the only responses were nothing more than “excuses” – O, I must take care of my land, And… oh, care must be given to my livestock, and finally…even family is used as caring for the [...]

By | 2018-06-09T16:36:13+00:00 June 9th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Trinity 2 St. Michaels 2016 Fr. Michael Cawthon

  Last week Fr. Dennis preached on love: speaking of the Greek term used for “love,” agape’ - Love that has its source in God. And God now shows His love for us as he tells us: Come; for all things are now ready… In today’s Gospel, He sends his messengers out to announce this joyful message…out into the fields and streets they go… And, sadly, the only responses were nothing more than “excuses” – O, I must take care of my land, And… oh, care must be given to my livestock, and finally…even family is used as caring for [...]

By | 2018-06-09T13:13:49+00:00 June 9th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Trinity I, 3 Jun 18: Rev. Dennis Washburn, Ph.D.

Trinity I      3 June 2018      I John 4:7- 21      St. Luke 16:19-31 Sermon Notes by the Rev. Dennis Washburn, Ph.D. Many human beings over the millennia have talked and sung about love. Especially since the late 1960's, popular culture has included a lot of talking and singing about love. A characteristic example is John Lennon's “All You Need is Love”. And the churches have been influenced by this popular culture. Of course, Christians have always spoken of love, but much of the talk in recent decades, even in the church, is far from Christian ideals. [...]

By | 2018-06-02T06:50:05+00:00 June 2nd, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments

Trinity Sunday 2018 Fr. Michael Cawthon

So often we get caught up in the moment, as we become too busy to really see what we see and really hear what we hear. The busyness of life pushes us more and more, until we are living for the purpose of simply keeping up, with all of the demands of this life. Sometimes we should slow down, setting the pressures of this world aside, and reflect upon the most important thing in our life: our relationship with God. I will use the church calendar for this reflection. Six months ago, we entered into the season of Advent. And [...]

By | 2018-05-27T12:47:55+00:00 May 27th, 2018|Sermons|0 Comments
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