Mark 1.9-13 | The First Sunday in Lent B

It was the 1st year of my formal biblical studies and I was a much more assured novice than I am now. I was enrolled in a Gospel’s class. The instructor framed the class around what is called a “harmony of the Gospels”. This is a presentation of the life/ministry of Jesus compressing the four Gospels into a proposed single, chronological/historical biography. Well I’ve always been something of an independent minded fellow. So enter stage right – my prodigal youth in rock’n roll music…

Luke 1.26-38 | Advent 4B The Annunciation

Miriam, Hey, Miriam. there’s someone at the gate. Can you see who it is? I’m starting to fit a plow together. Matthew, a tax collector, you say. Tell him to come back next month. I’ll have finished the roof and stairs in Sepphoris and have some money then. What? not a tax collector. Oh, Matthew, it’s you. Sorry, don’t you know tax collectors, and all that. Please. Sit there while I finish up. There’s some water for your hands and feet…

John 1. 19-28 | Advent 3B

Please find a pen or pencil and a sheet of paper. Y’all knew it was only a matter of time before this moment when I succumbed to the dark side of my teacher-ly instincts. Well here it is. It’s time for a pop quiz. Question 1: fill in the blank: Who did Jesus mean when he said “truly, I say to you, among those born of women, there is not anyone greater than __________?” And Question 2: short answer: write about John the baptizer in less than 200 words…

Advent 2 | Isaiah Chapter 40 As Seen Through the Eyes of Georg Friederich Handel

The Rev. Steven C. Sterry, M.A./M.B.A. PLAY COMFORT YE ( In Handel’s oratorio, the Messiah, 15 of the 53 sections are focused on the prophecies of Isaiah. There are more verses from Isaiah, twenty-one, than from any other Bible book. “Comfort Ye”, is the first sung piece and immediately follows the Overture. These words, as well asContinue reading “Advent 2 | Isaiah Chapter 40 As Seen Through the Eyes of Georg Friederich Handel”

Psalm 95 | Christ the King Sunday Year A

John Michael Gutierrez, PhD 1    Come, let us sing to the LORD;                   Let us shout to the Rock,  our Rescuer.2                 Let us come face to face with a thank offering                   Let us extol Him with song. 3    For the LORD is the great God,                                      the great King aboveContinue reading “Psalm 95 | Christ the King Sunday Year A”

Matthew 22.34-46 | Pentecost 21 Year A

John Michael Gutierrez, PhD The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew 34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘LoveContinue reading “Matthew 22.34-46 | Pentecost 21 Year A”

Sermon About Faith

The Rev. Steven C. Sterry, M.A./M.B.A. This morning I was invited to preach the sermon at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Tustin, CA. The lessons for this Sunday that this sermon was based on are: Isaiah 25:1–9 Psalm 23 Philippians 4:4–13 Matthew 22:1–14 Here is that sermon: It seems like the creators of our AnglicanContinue reading “Sermon About Faith”

Matthew 21.(23-27) 28-32 | Pentecost 17

John Michael Guiterrez, PhD The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew 23 Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you this authority?” 24Continue reading “Matthew 21.(23-27) 28-32 | Pentecost 17”

Matthew 16.13-28 | Pentecost 12

John Michael Gutierrez, PhD The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew 13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others JeremiahContinue reading “Matthew 16.13-28 | Pentecost 12”