When we begin to understand that God’s Prevenient Grace chooses us and that we have been chosen by God in baptism for this mission moment, we can respond like Simon Peter who said, when other chose to walk way, “where else can we go?”
[Given on Sunday, March 15, 2015, by The Rev. Fr. Marcus Halley at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church - Kansas City, Missouri] And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. John 3:14-15 (NRSV) In the … Continue reading Sermon: Lift Him Up
I wonder if Jesus is to be found in the “Outer Darkness,” on the margins of society, outside the circles of power, circulating in the periphery of the community, keeping company with lepers and prostitutes, touching the sick and feeding the hungry. I wonder if we ourselves are not called to be Children of the light who boldly walk in God’s darkness.
These are they who have been tried in the fire, who have gone through the flood, who have weathered the storm, who have been up and sometimes down, sometimes leveled to the ground, but who can testify that from the rocking of their cradles until their dying day, God has been good to them.
Stewardship is fundamentally about the quality, and the disposition of your heart.
[Given on Sunday, July 20, 2014 by The Rev. Fr. Marcus Halley - St. Andrew's Episcopal Church - Kansas City, MO] This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine! Let it … Continue reading Sermon: A Fiery Faith that Changes the World
[Given on Sunday, June 22, 2014 by The Rev. Fr. Marcus Halley - St. Andrew's Episcopal Church - Kansas City, MO] “…whoever does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” - Matthew 10:38 Last week, Mother Anne raised up examples of everyday discipleship among us to underscore that discipleship, the … Continue reading Sermon: Answering the Call
It is easy to commercialize and mythologize both Easter and Christmas and make their revolutionary messages more palatable for our modern sensibilities. But the same cannot be said about the Ascension and as such the raw, unchecked, uncertainty and scathing challenge of the Ascension remains - put up or shut up.
[Given January 26, 2014 by The Rev. Fr. Marcus Halley - St. Andrew's Episcopal Church - Kansas City, MO] “The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” - 1 Corinthians 1:18 Come, Holy Spirit, and kindle the fire … Continue reading Sermon: I’m Going Through