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It's Time to INVITE!

Posted by The Rev. Chris Harris on

Shining the Light of Christ at St. Bart’s in 2018 Have you heard this statistic? The average Episcopalian invites someone to church every 37 years. That line has been repeated so many times I’m not sure anyone knows from where it originally came. But, then I have never had anyone...

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Who are we waiting for?

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Advent 3, December 17, 2017John 1: 6-8, 19-28 When it comes to describing our Christian mission, Fr. Mark often refers to what he calls, God’s urgent cry. Two months ago after touring one of the many tent cities that have sprung up around our county, and seeing firsthand what looked like...

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The Kinship of the Kingdom

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Posted by The Rev. Chris Harris on

Veterans Day Sermon - Sunday, November 12, 2017 Matthew 25: 1-13 So while we are spared the weeping and gnashing of teeth this week, our Gospel is another one of those pesky parables in Matthew, that can upon our first hearing, can sound as if ALL that stuff we dislike MOST about...

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Forgiving as Freely as we Have Been

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Matthew 18:21-35 So in last week’s Gospel, we learned that if you someone has said or done something to upset you, that you are NOT to talk about it in the parking lot, you are NOT talk to others about it behind their back. Right? That’s called TRIANGULATION – that’s...

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The Light of Christ for Future Generations

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What will your legacy be? Have you noticed that part in the baptismal service when one of the clergy lights a small candle from the Paschal Candle, and offer it to the newly baptized (or to a parent if an infant) with the words, “Receive the light of Christ, as Christ’s light in the...

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Take a Prayer Walk

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Bishop Mathes would ask congregations a simple, but very powerful question, If your church were to close tomorrow, would your community notice? It’s a great question, but one that each of us might be inclined to pass off on the institution to solve. So, I like to bring it down to the...

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The Undomesticated Kingdom of God

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The Undomesticated Kingdom of God - When we say yes to it, The Kingdom of God it is so invasive, so blessedly disruptive to our carefully laid plans in life - that some are tempted to give everything up for it!   Deciphering Jesus’ parables is always a challenge, and these four...

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Parable of the Sower or the Soils?

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Parable of the Sower or the Soils?Matthew 13:1-9 The Rev. Chris Harris' sermon from Sunday, July 16, 2017 This is most commonly known as the Parable of the Sower, but it is also known as the Parable of the Soils, and that seems to be at the heart of the interpretation offered by Mathew’s...

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Are you saved?

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John 10:1-10 This gospel reminds of a time when two missionaries came to my door one afternoon, and after a few warm up questions, got to their real question: ‘Had I been saved?’ I had just gone to work for the church, so I replied somewhat smugly, ‘thanks but I’m the...

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What Does the Cross Mean to You

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Good Friday Sermon – The Rev. Chris Harris In a few minutes you are going to be invited to come forward to ‘venerate’ the cross. That might be a new invitation for some of you. You might be wondering how does one venerate something anyway? Well not surprisingly its very...

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