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We Cannot Stay Where We Are: A Sermon by the Rev. Jason Shank

“Like Nicodemus, we cannot stay where we are,” said the Rev. Jason Shank in his sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent. “Through the season of Lent we are given space to think about our own response to the cross and what it means for us to walk in the light of God’s Love. Most…

Jesus Is Flipping Tables: A Sermon by Canon Vanessa Butler

In today’s gospel, “Jesus is flipping tables, ya’ll,” Canon Vanessa Butler says. The story of Jesus turning over the tables of moneylenders in the temple is well-known, but the Ten Commandments offer us a deeper way to read it. This Lent, she suggests we take up the commandments “not as an obligation, but as a…

A New Way of Worshipping at St. Philip’s, Buffalo

Early in the pandemic, St. Philip’s, Buffalo began holding services online as a way to gather while COVID-19 made it unsafe to be together in person. Now, what began as a short-term solution has become a long-term commitment to a new way of worshipping. The congregation has transformed its space, installing technology that will allow…

2020 Parochial Report, Due March 1, Tracks Challenges of COVID-19

During the spring and summer of 2020, as the pandemic forced the cancellation of in-person worship across the Episcopal Church, the House of Deputies State of the Church Committee raced to create a new parochial report form, designed just to track the “opportunities, innovations and challenges” that congregations experienced while dealing with the pandemic,” according…

A Future Transformed by Love: A Sermon by Canon Twila Smith

Like Jesus in the wilderness, our own season of being tested can be “a time to be transformed as only God’s love can do,” says Canon Twila Smith in her sermon on Mark 1:9-15. “In this wilderness, however long, we are being prepared, as Jesus was, for the ministry ahead. Recognizing as Jesus proclaimed, that…

Be Reconciled To God: Bishop Sean’s Ash Wednesday Sermon

  “If we oriented ourselves toward reconciliation with God, we might orient our interior life to the kingdom of God, so that the kingdom not only becomes a destination, a place we go, a world transformed, but the kingdom is also a place from which we come. It is the source, as well as the…

Everyone Is Searching For You: A Sermon by Canon Vanessa Butler

Like Jesus in today’s gospel reading (Mark 1:29-39), most of us have had the experience of being told that we weren’t available when we were needed. In her sermon, Canon Vanessa Butler points out that Jesus doesn’t let the demands around him fluster him or detract from his mission. “I aspire to the expert level…

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The Promise of Spring: A Letter from Bishop Sean

Dear Friends in Christ: Last Sunday was Septuagesima Sunday, an ancient commemoration that means Easter Sunday is just about 70 days away. In our region, it comes in the dead of winter, when we know we have a long way to go, but it brings with it the promise of eventual spring. This year, Septuagesima…