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Wouldn't Agape be a wonderful name for a Church?

Posted by The Rev. William Zettinger on

Every fall we gather as a community in small groups to share a meal, get to know one another and share what St. Bart's means to us. Be sure to participate in one of these Agape meals. RSVP today! Wouldn’t Agape be a wonderful name for a church? In using it, we would be using a word which...

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How Do We Proclaim the Gospel in Today's World

Posted by The Rev. William Zettinger on

I am often amazed when I hear that the Church, including the Episcopal Church, is in decline. Amazed, because here at St. Bart's we are growing. So, what is it that we are doing right and, well, others not so right. One of the greatest challenges the Church faces today is ministering in a...

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Strangers and a Fearful World

Posted by The Rev. William Zettinger on

Most parents teach their children to watch out for strangers. That's a legitimate concern, given that the world seems to be a more dangerous place than it used to be. But is that true? The world has always been a dangerous place. We just know more about that danger more quickly because of the...

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Living with Hope - Palm Sunday Sermon

Posted by The Rev. William Zettinger on

Being a transplanted New Yorker, I recall that the great Yogi Berra once remarked, “If you come to a fork in the road that leads to winning take it.” Would you agree with me that if you came to a fork in the road, and one direction led to saving your life and the other to losing it...

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Why Church: Our War on Idolatry

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Last month, I was invited to preach in the rector’s pulpit. I mentioned the comment Justice Clarence Thomas made in a recent interview, “there is nothing to bind us together as a nation anymore.” This month I would like to expand on that thought. David Brooks is an American...

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The Connection of Faith and Giving

Posted by The Rev. William Zettinger on

The theme of “faith” weaves its way through all of Scripture. It was faith that led Noah to build an ark for 120 years. It was faith that caused Abraham to be willing to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice. It was the faith of a Roman Centurion who believed that if Jesus just uttered...

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Christ the King Sunday Sermon

Posted by The Rev. William Zettinger on

There was a news story, heard not long ago that I can’t shake from my mind. It was about a teen-age girl who befriended a stranger on the internet, someone allegedly her age. At first the conversations between the two were affirming, encouraging and supportive. A genuine relationship...

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Via Media and Our World Today

Posted by The Rev. William Zettinger on

A Pastoral Response to The Issues of today’s Climate or Extremism “Love Your Enemies and Bless Those Who Persecute You” Matthew 5:44 A few weeks ago, I was asked by Fr. Chris to offer a Forum addressing an Introduction to Anglican and Episcopal Church history. I was thrilled...

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The Connected Church

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Recently, I was chatting with a good friend who was one of my former customers and is now an executive for a systems engineering company. The company has more than 30,000 employees and its multibillion-dollar Tech Services business roughly divides evenly between North America, Europe and...

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Walking with Jesus

Posted by The Rev. William Zettinger on

As we approach Holy Week and Easter, I am always amazed at how Jesus blazed a trail forward in his life. He showed us how to live as mortals in a divine way, connected to God, in service to those around us and how to walk humbly with God. I have been humbled to contemplate the intense devotion...

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