Sermons

From Hearsay to Witness

By The Very Rev. Canon Frank Alton | August 23, 2020

082320 Pentecost 12  Exodus 1:8-2:10; Matthew 16:13-20   I’ve noticed that there is a new version of the Perry Mason TV show on HBO. I grew up in the 1950s and 60s watching the first version with Raymond Burr. It’s where I got my law degree. Well, at least it’s where I learned the meaning…

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How Long is the Journey?

By The Very Rev. Canon Frank Alton | August 16, 2020

081620 Pentecost 11  Matthew 15:21-28   Often, when I prepare a sermon, I look back at sermons I’ve preached on the same texts to get a sense of what they were saying to me then. They usually fall on about the same date every three years. In 2017 White Supremacists had just marched in Charlottesville.…

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Resonance, Contemplation and Faith

By The Very Rev. Canon Frank Alton | August 9, 2020

080920 Pentecost 10  Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28; Matthew 14:22-33   Last week’s Gospel ended with Jesus teaching the disciples how to be compassionate by organizing the crowd into a community that shared the food so that everyone had more than enough. Today’s Gospel opens when people had been fed and it was time to finish the…

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