[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 … Continue reading Sermon: “Churches are full of pretentious hypocrites” and there is always room for more.
[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, … Continue reading Sermon: Wondering and Wandering in the Wilderness
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.
Stewardship is fundamentally about the quality, and the disposition of your heart.
[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. … Continue reading Sermon: Giving Up “Lent” for Lent
Love, may seem weak and unrealistic, but it is actually the fullness of reality. To act, and live, and speak, and give, and abide in love even in a world that is stifled with hate is to stop the downward spiral and to move towards a fuller expression of the Reign of God.
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.
[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
"While we are awaiting the best of God, the fullness of the kingdom of heaven, we are called to PERFORM the kingdom."