A sermon that hears Jesus proclaiming “I came not to be served but to serve” as a life giving epitaph with the a story bringing someone a cup of coffee preached on The Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 24) by The Rev. Dr. William Carl Thomas at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Edenton NC on October 17, 2021.
A sermon featuring the Pearl of Great Price: a story about the surprising Good News that unfolds when you commit to sell all that you have and discover your real role was always that of God’s steward preached on The Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 22) at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Edenton NC on October 3, 2021.
Five Stewardship Commitment Points
1. Evangelism calls people to commitment.
2. Christian Formation teaches the meaning of that commitment.
3. Worship celebrates that commitment.
4. Stewardship is the practice of that commitment.
5. Discipleship that leads to Apostolic Action is the outcome of that commitment.
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A sermon that connects the witness of personal story (that of the preacher’s call to priesthood) to how God uses the least likely people to do God’s work preached on The Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 21) at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Edenton NC on September 26, 2021.
A sermon that links the deep meaning of shalom to embracing by word and action this statement: “We belong to one another. Together, with God’s help, we can make one another stronger” preached on The Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 20) at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Edenton NC on September 19, 2021.
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A sermon that confronts presumptuous sins, untamed tongues, and the arrogance of opinion with a call to humility and the deep spirituality of the Prayer attributed to St. Francis preached on The Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 19) at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Edenton NC on September 12, 2021.
62. A Prayer attributed to St. Francis
Book of Common Prayer – Page 863
Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
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The Greatest Psychologist Who Ever Lived: Jesus and the Wisdom of the Soul by Mark W. Baker
My sermon that connects us to Jesus and his very human struggle to hear and respond to the voices of outsiders as we learn to live a prayer of self-dedication preached on The Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 18) at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Edenton NC on September 5, 2021.
61. A Prayer of Self-Dedication
(Book of Common Prayer Page 832)
Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated to you; and then use us, we pray, as you will, and always to thy glory and the welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
A sermon that confronts the reality of “I believe, help my unbelief” with a continual commitment to the vows we make at Holy Baptism as we set our hearts on Jesus preached on The Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 16) at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Edenton NC on August 22, 2021.
A sermon that reminds us of what it means to share the bread of life that is the love of Jesus Christ preached by on The Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 14 – Track II) at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Morehead City NC on August 8, 2021.