Sermons

Food for our Grief

By The Very Rev. Canon Frank Alton | August 2, 2020

080220 Pentecost 9  Genesis 32:22-31; Matthew 14:13-21   Heard what? What did Jesus hear? Matthew’s version of the story of the feeding of the 5000, which appears in all four Gospels, begins with the words, when Jesus heard this. The preceding verses give the answer: Herod sent and had John beheaded in the prison. His disciples…

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Paying Attention to the Right Things

By The Very Rev. Canon Frank Alton | July 26, 2020

072620 Pentecost 8  Psalm 105:1-11, 45b; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52   America’s short attention span has been a subject of discussion for many years. A school shooting is front page news for about 10 days and is then relegated to page 2 or 5 or 10. A financial crisis brought about by inadequate regulation of financial…

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The Wisdom of Patience over Revenge

By The Very Rev. Canon Frank Alton | July 19, 2020

071920 Pentecost 7  Gen. 28:10-19a; Rom. 8:12-25; Matt. 13:   Living among the poor in Latin America taught me that hope is more accessible to those who don’t already have a lot of what they hope for. I remember listening to Peruvian peasants singing hymns at midnight as I tried to sleep on the log…

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