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Sermon: Advent 1b – November 30, 2014

The Rev. Dr. William Heisley

Lessons: Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37

“Let us attend!”  The ancient cry goes out in Orthodox liturgies, “Let us attend!”  And people are drawn, people are commanded to listen to the words of Holy Scripture as recorded by one of the four evangelists.

“Let us attend!”  is the Eastern Church’s “The Holy Gospel according to…”  And “Let us attend!” is the Orthodox churches’ “Watch.”  “Keep awake – for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly.”  “Let us attend.”  We do not know the hour of the coming of Christ, but we know that he is coming. (more…)

This Week at Holy Trinity

This Week at Holy Trinity

WORSHIP

First Sunday of Advent – November 30, 2014
Mass at 11:00 AM. Readings: Isaiah 64:1-9;  Psalm 80; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37. Pastor Heisley will preside and preach.

Stir up your power, and come! The psalmist’s plea in Psalm 80:2 has become familiar to us in the Advent prayers. Isaiah wants God to rip the heavens open. Both cry out for an apparently distant, angry God to show up, to save, to restore. When we hear Jesus describing the coming of the Son of Man with stars falling from heaven, it can sound dire and horrible, not like anything we would ever hope for. But when we really look at the suffering of people God loves, we can share the hope that God would tear open the heavens and come. (more…)

Sermon: Christ the King – November 23, 2014

The Rev. Dr. William Heisley

Lessons: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Psalm 95; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46

St. Gregory the Great served as the Bishop of Rome, the Pope, from 590 to 604 AD.  He wrote more than any other Roman bishop before him and is remembered as the father of the direction our liturgy has taken ever since.  In the midst of his prolific writing there is a story that is at once quaint and holy and precious and challenging. (more…)

This Week at Holy Trinity

This Week at Holy Trinity

WORSHIP

Christ the King – November 23, 2014
Mass at 11:00 AM. Readings: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Psalm 95; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46. Pastor Heisley will preside and preach.

On this final Sunday of the church year our gospel is Jesus’ great story of judgment. In the end, the faithful are those who served Christ by ministering to those who are poor, hungry, naked, sick, or estranged. In the first reading God is the shepherd who seeks the lost, weak, and injured and feeds them with justice. We gather this day to celebrate the reign of Christ and his victory over death, yet awaiting the consummation of all things yet to come. Acknowledging Christ as our merciful ruler, we go forth that his reign may be known in our loving words and deeds. (more…)

Sermon: Pentecost 23a – November 16, 2014

The Rev. Dr. William Heisley

Lessons: Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18; Psalm 90; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30

It’s all about money.  It’s all about money and nothing is clear.

A rich man called his 3 slaves around him.  They were probably close confidants, people bought and chosen to protect the man’s property.  He gave one of them 5 talents and one 2 talents and one 1 talent.  There is a wide variety of thinking about what a talent was.  But most often you read that a talent was worth about 15 years wages.  So he gave one, what: at least $2,000,000?  Ten million dollars?  More?  Even the one he gave the least had a lot of money to handle, maybe $600,000.  Not probable to us.  But Jesus’s listeners would have understood. (more…)