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Friends in Low Places

John the Baptist is here preaching about repentance, baptism, and the one who will come after him. But why does God start with such an outlandish character to announce the coming of Jesus? Fr. Donavan discusses why it is good to have friends in low places. Lessons: Baruch 5:1-9 Canticle 4 or 16 Philippians 1:3-11 Luke 3:1-6


Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

We do a lot of preparation during the month of December, but what are we preparing for? Mtr. Lisa talks about the preparation we need to be doing for Christmas and the importance of silence in our lives. Lessons: Jeremiah 33:14-16 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Psalm 25:1-9 Luke 21:25-36


Christ The King

"Pilate asked him, 'So you are a king?' Jesus answered, 'You say that I am a king.'" Jesus never gives Pilate a straight answer, but we know that Jesus is our one true King. What does his kingdom look like in this life and the next? Find out in Fr. Donavan's sermon about Christ the King! Lessons: 2 Samuel 23:1-7 Psalm 132:1-13 (14-19) Revelation 1:4b-8 John 18:33-37


The Hope of Hannah

People don't tend to publicize their troubles with infertility, but the Bible is open about the struggles some couples go through when trying to have children. Mtr. Lisa discusses the struggles of Hannah, and her hope that the Lord is listening. Lessons: 1 Samuel 1:4-20 1 Samuel 2:1-10 Hebrews 10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25 Mark 13:1-8


The Might of Widows

Widows are some of the most powerless in society both in Jesus' time and arguably in ours today. Fr. Donavan explores the stories of widows in the Old Testament and Gospel reading for this Sunday in order to point us to what we can learn from these widows. Lessons: Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17 Psalm 127 Hebrews 9:24-28 Mark 12:38-44


Bishop Howard Visits All Saints!

Because the Feast of All Saints is the name sake of our parish, All Saints' Sunday is always a special celebration day at All Saints. The Rt. Rev. S. John Howard, Bishop of Florida, joined us on All Saints' Sunday this year in order to celebrate and preach. Find out what we have in common with the Saints, and how we can be Saints too! Lessons: Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9 Psalm 24 Revelation 21:1-6a John 11:32-44


The Comfort in Job

The book of Job is one many of us try to forget exists. What wisdom can be found in Job? Why should we still read it? What does it tell us about God? Mtr. Lisa explores the comfort found in the Book of Job in this week's Sunday Sermon. Lessons: Job 42:1-6, 10-17 Psalm 34:1-8, (19-22) Hebrews 7:23-28 Mark 10:46-52


Be Somebody

Everybody wants to be Somebody... but what does that look like when you are a Christian? Fr. Donavan discusses how Jesus turns our idea of status on it's head. Lessons: Job 38:1-7, (34-41) Psalm 104:1-9, 25, 37b Hebrews 5:1-10 Mark 10:35-45


Who Do You Serve?

“How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” Does Jesus mean we should live lives of poverty? Can Christians have Jaguar season tickets? What about saving for retirement? Mtr. Lisa digs into the story of the rich young ruler and explores what Jesus has to say about possessions. Lessons: Job 23:1-9, 16-17 Psalm 22:1-15 Hebrews 4:12-16 Mark 10:17-31


Keep Your Eyes on the Cross

Fr. Donavan explores the trials of Job, a book of the bible most of us try to avoid. Hear about the suffering Job experiences and how it can encourage us to keep our eyes on the cross in the midst of our own suffering. Lessons: Job 1:1; 2:1-10 Psalm 26 Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12 Mark 10:2-16


Stumbling Blocks

Jesus’ words in Mark 9:38-50 never make the Top 10 list of favorite Bible verses for church-goers, but the message they contain for Christian disciples is of the utmost importance! Listen’s to Sunday’s sermon now to find out what Fr. Donavan has to say about finding the the stumbling blocks in our life today, and following Jesus’ direction to tear them out, for the betterment of our faith, our church, and our world. Lessons: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 Psalm 124 James 5:13-20 Mark 9:38-50


The Pursuit of Happiness

Jesus tells us “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” That's a pretty scary thought! Mtr. Lisa wrestles with the words of Jesus in this Sunday's sermon. Lessons: Proverbs 31:10-31 Psalm 1 James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a Mark 9:30-37


Who do you say that I am?

In this week's Gospel, we see Jesus asking his disciples what people are saying about who he is. Is Jesus having an identity crisis? Fr. Donavan explores why Jesus is asking the disciples this question, and why we should be asking ourselves the same question about Jesus. Lessons: Proverbs 1:20-33 Psalm 19 James 3:1-12 Mark 8:27-38


Ordination to the Priesthood: The Cure of Souls

On the Feast of the Holy Cross, Bishop Howard ordained our curate, Lisa Meirow, to the priesthood. Our own Fr. Donavan preached the ordination, discussing the vocation of priesthood and the purpose of priests in this world. Lessons: Isaiah 45:21-25 Galatians 6:14-18 John 12:31-36a


Faith Without Works

Luther called James "an epistle of straw," but could James actually be a helpful guide when evaluating our spiritual life? What did James mean when he said "So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead"? Deacon Lisa explores the value of James, and how it can help us here and now. Lessons: Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 Psalm 125 James 2:1-10, [11-13], 14-17 Mark 7:24-37


The One You Feed

In the Gospel today, Jesus tells us that nothing external defiles us, rather what defiles us comes from within our own hearts. Deacon Lisa explores the battle between good and evil that occurs in each of our hearts, and how we can win that battle with God's help. Lessons: Song of Solomon 2:8-13 Psalm 45:1-2, 7-10 James 1:17-27 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23


We're Here to Pump You Up!

We know about personal trainers for physical fitness, but what about for our spiritual life? Fr. Donavan talks about how Rally Day is important not just because it is a fun day in the life of the church, but also as a day to rededicate ourselves to living a spiritual life. Lessons: 1 Kings 8:[1, 6, 10-11], 22-30, 41-43 Psalm 84 Ephesians 6:10-20 John 6:56-69


You Are What You Eat

Was Jesus the first one to say "You are what you eat"? Deacon Lisa explores how scientific knowledge can lead us to examine the body of Christ on a whole new level. Lessons: 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 Psalm 111 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58


Chicken Soup for the Soul

Jesus said, "I am the bread of life." But what did he mean? Fr. Donavan discusses Jesus as food for our souls and the time when chicken soup may have saved his life. Readings: 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33 Psalm 130 Ephesians 4:25-5:2 John 6:35, 41-51


Reflect. Confess. And be Forgiven.

Mother Lisa tackles the difficult topic of sin and what King David's interaction with Nathan can teach us about repentance. Lessons: 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a Psalm 51:1-13 Ephesians 4:1-16 John 6:24-35