Sermon: “Churches are full of pretentious hypocrites” and there is always room for more.

[Given on the Fourth Sunday of Eastertide, April 4, 2015, by The Rev. Fr. Marcus Halley at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church – Kansas City, Missouri] Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them… “let it be known to all of you… that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth… whom God raised from … Continue reading Sermon: “Churches are full of pretentious hypocrites” and there is always room for more.

Sermon: Wondering and Wandering in the Wilderness

[Given on Sunday, February 22, 2015,  by The Rev. Fr. Marcus Halley at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church –  Kansas City, MO] Mark 1:12 (1:9-15) O God, take our minds and think through them, take our lips and speak through them, take our hearts and set them on fire    with love for you; may your kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven. Amen. “And the Spirit … Continue reading Sermon: Wondering and Wandering in the Wilderness

Sermon: Discipleship in God’s Darkness

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. Continue reading Sermon: Discipleship in God’s Darkness

Sermon: Giving Up “Lent” for Lent

[Given March 5, 2014 (Ash Wednesday) by The Rev. Fr. Marcus Halley – St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church – Kansas City, MO] “Jesus said, ‘Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.’” – Matthew 6:1 Hallelujah, thine the Glory. Hallelujah, Amen. Hallelujah, thine the Glory. Revive us again. + … Continue reading Sermon: Giving Up “Lent” for Lent

Sermon: Change Agents in a Strange Land

We sing, knowing that singing is a subversive act of transformation. Brother Absalom Jones knew that our lives as disciples of Jesus Christ ought to compose a symphony of struggle and a requiem of resistance to evil in all of its forms. He knew that if we dare to sing the Lord’s song in a strange land then what is strange has no other choice but to change. Continue reading Sermon: Change Agents in a Strange Land