December 2019

Can Anything Good Come Out of Nazareth?

2nd Sunday of Advent, December 8, 2019- John 1:43-46, Isaiah 11:1-10- 20th Anniversary Celebration of Janet McKenzie’s “Jesus of the People”- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Jesus of the People - by Janet McKenzie Heads up (bounce balls)! By bouncing these balls, I wish to prove an age-old law of gravity: what goes… Continue reading Can Anything Good Come Out of Nazareth?

December 2019

The Coming Realm of God Is Here

1st Sunday of Advent, December 1, 2019 - Matthew 24:36-44, Isaiah 2:1-5 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - A couple of years ago, I mentioned that Advent offers occasions for me to hum tunes appropriate for the season, one of my favorites being an Alfred Burt carol: Come, dear children, don't be dallying,All… Continue reading The Coming Realm of God Is Here

November 2019

The Lord Is Our Righteousness

24nd Sunday after Pentecost, November 24, 2019 - Jeremiah 23:1-6, Luke 33:23-43 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - On this Sunday, when we celebrate the reign of Christ over our lives, I’m reminded of how much I appreciate the symbol of our church. Good Shepherd. It is that of an orb divided into… Continue reading The Lord Is Our Righteousness

November 2019

The Intersection of Satan and Saint

23nd Sunday after Pentecost, November 17, 2019, 2019 - Luke 21:5-19 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Not long ago, confirmands and their parents joined me in watching the Disney movie Maleficent, Mistress of Evil, the latest in a series of Sleeping Beauty sagas. But unlike stories of old that pitted unredeemable forces… Continue reading The Intersection of Satan and Saint

November 2019

Seeing God Beyond the Borders, in the Flesh

22nd Sunday after Pentecost, November 10, 2019, 2019 - Job 19:23-27a, Luke 20:27-38 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Those familiar with the Book of Job, and the distressing story it conveys to people of faith confronting faith-challenging situations, are equally familiar with the words he voices in his cry for justice: “I… Continue reading Seeing God Beyond the Borders, in the Flesh

November 2019

The Stewardship of Showing Up

21st Sunday after Pentecost, November 3, 2019, 2019 - Luke 6:20-31, Ephesians 1:11-23 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the church in Ephesus, said, “I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and… Continue reading The Stewardship of Showing Up

October 2019

Selah: Stop, Pause for Reflection and Praise

Reformation Sunday, October 27, 2019 - Jeremiah 31:31-34, Psalm 46, John 8:31-36 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - "Selah." We’re not quite sure what it means, but it appears most often in the Psalms, and three times in the Book of Habakkuk. Our best guess is that the word Selah is a musical… Continue reading Selah: Stop, Pause for Reflection and Praise

October 2019

When God Shows Up, We Wake Up

18th Sunday after Pentecost, October 13, 2019 - Kings 5:1-15, Luke 17:11-19 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Naaman was a great general in the Assyrian army that conquered the northern tribes of Israel and vanquished them to other parts the empire. Naaman’s conquest of Israel is said to have been caused by… Continue reading When God Shows Up, We Wake Up

October 2019

Lord, Make Me an Instrument of My Pets

Blessing of The Animals, October 5, 2019 - Genesis 1:20-25 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Note: On this occasion, Pastor Arnold was invited to conduct a Blessing Service for family pets at Calvary Episcopal Church in Jericho, Vermont. There’s nothing that will make a minister shorten a sermon faster than knowing that… Continue reading Lord, Make Me an Instrument of My Pets

September 2019

A Great Chasm Between Us

16th Sunday after Pentecost, September 29, 2019 - Luke 16:19-31 - The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - The story Jesus tells concerning a rich man and Lazarus comes at the end of a series of stories about wealthy people, including the story about a rich person who attends a banquet and sits in the… Continue reading A Great Chasm Between Us