Join Us at Holy Trinity’s Wednesday Mass
August 16, 2017
Pray for Our Nation
A peaceful way to end the day during these turbulent times!
Given the horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, we will gather around God’s gifts of Word and Sacrament, praying for an end to racism, white supremacy, bigotry, and violence.
SERMON – Advent 2b – December 7, 2014
The Rev. Dr. William A. Heisley
Lessons: Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8
“Let us attend!” I began last Sunday’s sermon with those words that are cried out at liturgies in the Orthodox churches. “Let us attend” calls people to pay attention to the gospel that will be sung. “Let us attend!” is the strident call to pay attention to the coming of Jesus into the midst of the people.
But attending to God’s coming to the people is not a thing that was new with Jesus. The ancient Jews were called over and over to attend to their God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Sarah, to attend to their God coming to them throughout their history. The prophet Isaiah wrote, “Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God.” Comfort…comfort. In Hebrew linguistics this is called a double imperative. It is not a longing. It is a command. “Comfort my people,” says God. Do it now. Do it well. (more…)
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…)