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  • "At the Transfiguration: Moses, a Mountain, and an Exodus" (Sermon for the Transfiguration of Our Lord, on Luke 9:28-36)

    02/28/2022 6:28:42 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 27, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “At the Transfiguration: Moses, a Mountain, and an Exodus” (Luke 9:28-36)Today is the Transfiguration of Our Lord. It’s the last Sunday of the Epiphany season before we enter Lent this week on Ash Wednesday. Our text is Luke’s account of the Transfiguration. In all three accounts, in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, we see Jesus transfigured, on a mountain, standing with Moses and Elijah, talking with them. Only in Luke, though, do we find out what they were talking about. And so our theme this morning: “At the Transfiguration: Moses, a Mountain, and an Exodus.” Moses? A mountain? An exodus? Our...
  • "Sharing in Your Father's Character" (Sermon for the Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany, on Luke 6:27-38)

    02/18/2022 3:05:00 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 20, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Sharing in Your Father’s Character” (Luke 6:27-38) Listen to the things Jesus tells us to do today: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back.” Sounds like a tall order! Are you up to it? Well, I’m going to say yes!...
  • "Plain Speaking: Blessings and Woes" (Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, on Luke 6:17-26)

    02/12/2022 8:28:04 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 13, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Plain Speaking: Blessings and Woes” (Luke 6:17-26) Our text today, from Luke chapter 6, begins with these words: “And he came down with them and stood on a level place.” Who is the “he,” who is the “them,” and where is he coming down from? The “he” is Jesus, the “them” are his twelve disciples, and where Jesus is coming down from is a mountain. He had been up on that mountain all night, praying. In the morning, he came down and gathered together the twelve, along with a whole bunch of his other followers. Having come down from the...
  • "Catching Men Alive" (Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, on Luke 5:1-11)

    02/05/2022 8:12:42 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 6, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Catching Men Alive” (Luke 5:1-11) Last week we saw Jesus’ authoritative word in action: proclaiming good news to the poor, proclaiming liberty to the captives, setting at liberty those who are oppressed. We saw his authority in doctrine, his authority over demons, his authority over disease and death. This week we see Jesus’ authoritative word in action again, this time persuading fishermen, catching fish, and using the witness of sinners to be “Catching Men Alive.” Our text is the Holy Gospel for today, from Luke chapter 5. Jesus is teaching people the word of God as he’s standing by the...
  • "Jesus' Word Possesses Authority" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, on Luke 4:31-44)

    01/28/2022 11:50:32 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 30, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Jesus’ Word Possesses Authority” (Luke 4:31-44) In last week’s Gospel, from the first half of Luke chapter 4, we heard Jesus say what he was anointed and sent to do. He quoted these words from the book of the prophet Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Now in this week’s Gospel, from...
  • "What Jesus Has Been Anointed and Sent to Do" (Sermon for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, on Luke 4:16-30)

    01/22/2022 12:09:30 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 23, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “What Jesus Has Been Anointed and Sent to Do” (Luke 4:16-30) Here’s a question: What did Jesus come to do? Today Jesus himself tells us. He’s at church, and he stands up to read the Old Testament Reading--well, actually, they were all Old Testament readings at that point. He reads it, and then he says, “This is about me.” Boom! Mic drop. Jesus’ ministry, described in a few short lines. Oh, and you’re included in this text. So listen now, as we hear “What Jesus Has Been Anointed and Sent to Do.” The situation is this: Jesus has been baptized...
  • "The Sign of the Water into Wine at the Wedding" (Sermon for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, on John 2:1-11)

    01/15/2022 7:14:10 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 16, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Sign of the Water into Wine at the Wedding” (John 2:1-11) “This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory.” It was a sign. The thing about a sign is, you need to be able to read it and know what it means. A sign points to something beyond itself. So, what does this sign point to? What does it tell us? Let’s find out now, about “The Sign of the Water into Wine at the Wedding.” The sign that we’re looking at today is Jesus changing water into wine at the...
  • "Epiphany, Baptism, and a Tale of Two Herods" (Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 3:15-22)

    01/07/2022 8:05:10 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 9, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Epiphany, Baptism, and a Tale of Two Herods” (Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 3:15-22) Every year, the Epiphany of Our Lord always falls on January 6, which was this past Thursday. The Gospel reading for Epiphany is the visit of the wise men, from Matthew 2. On the first Sunday after the Epiphany, which is today, we always observe the Baptism of Our Lord. And this year the Gospel reading is the account from Luke. This past Thursday, we had to cancel our Epiphany service. So now today, I decided to combine the readings for the two services, the Epiphany of Our...
  • "The January 6 Epiphany Insurrection" (Sermon for the Epiphany of Our Lord, on Matthew 2:1-12)

    01/05/2022 9:06:21 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 6, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The January 6 Epiphany Insurrection” (Matthew 2:1-12) It’s January 6. A group of visitors travel to the nation’s capital. They are there to raise questions about who the nation’s real leader is. This does not sit well with some in positions of power. They consider people raising such questions in a bad light. They think of those who challenge their authority as “insurrectionists” who need to be put down. No, I’m not talking about what happened on January 6 one year ago today. That was when a group of protestors went to Washington, D.C., to raise questions about who really...
  • "Christ's Transfiguration and Our Hope of Glory" (Sermon for the Transfiguration of Our Lord, on Mark 9:2-9)

    02/13/2021 8:39:05 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 14, 2021 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Christ’s Transfiguration and Our Hope of Glory” (Mark 9:2-9) O wondrous type! O vision fair Of glory that the Church may share, Which Christ upon the mountain shows, Where brighter than the sun He glows! So we just sang, and so we will now hear, under the theme, “Christ’s Transfiguration and Our Hope of Glory.” Our text is the reading from Mark chapter 9. It begins: “And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely...
  • "When Jesus Calls, We Follow" (Sermon on Mark 1:14-20)

    01/23/2021 5:55:08 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 24, 2021 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “When Jesus Calls, We Follow” (Mark 1:14-20) “Hark, the voice of Jesus calling, ‘Who will go and work today?’” Yes, true, Jesus calls us “to work for God’s kingdom and answer his call.” But first things first. Before our Lord calls us to go and work, he first calls us to come and receive. Jesus calls us to repent and believe. He calls us to come and follow him. Then we take up the tasks he gives us. And so our theme this morning: “When Jesus Calls, We Follow.” Our text today is the Holy Gospel from Mark 1. Jesus...
  • "The Baptism with Our Lord" (Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord, on Mark 1:4-11 and Romans 6:1-11)

    01/09/2021 12:02:15 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 10, 2021 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Baptism with Our Lord” (Mark 1:4-11; Romans 6:1-11) Today we celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord. On Wednesday we celebrated the Epiphany of Our Lord. That makes today the First Sunday after the Epiphany. And that means that today, as we do every year on this Sunday, we hear an account of Jesus being baptized, whether from Matthew, Mark, or Luke. This year it’s the account from Mark. And Mark says, “In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.” And you say, “OK, so Jesus got baptized. Why is that...
  • Pelosi Cites Epiphany, St. Francis as House Confirms Biden Win

    01/08/2021 6:08:31 PM PST · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Catholic San Francisco ^ | 1/7/21 | Mark Pattison
    WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi referenced the Epiphany, St. Francis of Assisi, and also uttered a prayer as the House of Representatives reconvened the night of Jan. 6 to confirm the Electoral College win of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. in the November presidential election. The count had been interrupted by hundreds of marauders who breached the Capitol that afternoon, bringing the count to a halt. "Today, Jan. 6, is the feast of the Epiphany," when the Christ Child was first revealed as a human beyond Mary and St. Joseph, Pelosi, D-California, said. "On this day of revelation, let...
  • "Why Have a Special Epiphany Service?" (Sermon for the Epiphany of Our Lord, on Matthew 2:1-12)

    01/06/2021 2:54:38 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 6, 2021 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Why Have a Special Epiphany Service?” (Matthew 2:1-12) So here it is on a Wednesday. And we’re having the Divine Service. How come? It’s not Sunday. “Pastor, why are you dragging us out here in the middle of the week, in January, to have church? What’s the big deal about Epiphany that we should come out on a non-Sunday?” In other words, “Why Have a Special Epiphany Service?” Well, that’s what I’m going to tell you now. There are a number of reasons, which I will explain. But first, what are not the reasons for having a special Epiphany service?...
  • Why Are Italians Worshipping An Ugly Witch?

    01/04/2021 3:36:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/3/2021 | Silvia Marchetti
    Italy is in red zone lockdown these last festivity days but Italians haven't forsaken a sacred ritual: the worshipping of an ugly old witch - aka the Befana. January 6 marks the Epifania (Epiphany) and it's big time celebration - only this year, it will be at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Before going to bed Children hang bright socks above the fireplace, the Befana flies by during the night and the next morning kids either find black candy charcoal (if they've been naughty) or chocolates, sweets, pocket money and little gifts. For many Italians it's a more heartfelt,...
  • The Journey of Faith - A Homily for Epiphany

    01/05/2020 10:47:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-04-20 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Posted on January 4, 2020January 4, 2020 by Msgr. Charles Pope The Journey of Faith – A Homily for Epiphany There are so many wonderful details in the Epiphany story: the call of the Gentiles, their enthusiastic response, the significance of the star they seek, the gifts they bring, the dramatic interaction with Herod, and their ultimate rejection of Herod in favor of Christ.In this meditation, I would like to follow these Magi in their journey of faith to become “Wise Men.” As magi, they followed the faint stars, distant points of light; as wise men, they follow Jesus,...
  • Pelosi says she had ‘an epiphany on Easter’ that Trump’s a ‘total failure,’ she must save us from him

    04/22/2020 5:44:39 AM PDT · by kevcol · 66 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | April 22, 2020 | Vivek Saxena
    She trotted out these dubious accusations during an interview on PBS’s “NewsHour” in which host host Judy Woodruff challenged none of her claims — and in which she, Pelosi, had a facial mask hanging off her neck as if she were a cowboy. The claims began pouring out of the speaker after Woodruff asked her to cite the factors that have been “impeding the ability of the federal government to address this” crisis. . . . “I have tried to act in a bipartisan way,” the speaker continued Tuesday. “As I said, three bills in March, bipartisan. Easter, I had...
  • "The Apostolic Witness and the Prophetic Word" (Sermon for the Transfiguration of Our Lord, on 2 Peter 1:16-21)

    02/22/2020 10:30:38 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 23, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Apostolic Witness and the Prophetic Word” (2 Peter 1:16-21) “Cleverly devised myths.” That’s what we Christians are accused of believing. All that stuff about Jesus Christ being the Son of God and the only Savior of the world? “Just a bunch of fables, fairy tales, myths.” But then this is nothing new. Even back in the first century, Christians were ridiculed for believing the same thing. People said they were falling for a bunch of poppycock, fables and fairy tales. St. Peter refers to this in our epistle for today when he writes, “For we did not follow cleverly...
  • "Baptized with Sinners, Anointed for Service, Manifested as God's Son" (Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord, on Matthew 3:13-17)

    01/10/2020 8:55:12 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 12, 2019 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Baptized with Sinners, Anointed for Service, Manifested as God’s Son” (Matthew 3:13-17) On this first Sunday after the Epiphany, the Gospel reading every year is the account of the Baptism of Our Lord. That was the great event when our Lord Jesus Christ was baptized in the Jordan by John the Baptist. The heavens were opened. The Spirit of God descended on Jesus like a dove. And the Father’s voice came from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Today I want to say three things about this event, three things on which your...
  • The Story of the Other Wise Man

    01/06/2020 5:25:05 PM PST · by concentric circles · 5 replies
    Project Gutenberg ^ | 1895 | Henry Van Dyke
    A story for EpiphanyOther formats for download may be found at Gutenberg.org