February 2021

Transfigured or Disfigured

Transfiguration Sunday, February 14, 2021- Mark 9:2-10- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Have you ever had a mountain-top experience where you suddenly saw things, including yourself, in a totally different light? Jesus had a mountain-top transformation where his outward appearance glowed with a brilliant radiance in the company of Israel’s greatest law-giver, Moses,… Continue reading Transfigured or Disfigured

January 2021

After Me Will Come One Mightier Than I

1st Sunday After Epiphany, January 10, 2021- Mark 1:4-11- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - This first Sunday following Epiphany has me thinking a lot about John the Baptist as the necessary forerunner to Christ, crying out in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord.” (Mark 1:3) Most likely, John did not see… Continue reading After Me Will Come One Mightier Than I

December 2020

Who Are You, and Why Are You Here?

3rd Sunday of Advent, December 13, 2020- John 1:6-8, 19-28- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Who are you? We can understand the inquisitive nature of those sent by the Pharisees wondering if John the Baptist were the Christ or Elijah or a prophetic voice their scriptures had anticipated would precede the coming of… Continue reading Who Are You, and Why Are You Here?

December 2020

Are You A Preparer of the Way, or the Way?

2nd Sunday of Advent, December 6, 2020- Isaiah 40:1-5, Mark 1:1-8- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Are you a preparer of the way, or are you the way? Now what do I mean by that question? In the context of the biblical narrative, we clearly understand the way as being the way of… Continue reading Are You A Preparer of the Way, or the Way?

August 2020

Who Do You Say that I Am?

12th Sunday After Pentecost, August 23, 2020- Matthew 16:13-25- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - The reading from Matthew’s gospel doesn’t convey the full story. After Jesus commends Peter for his confession that he is “the Messiah, Son of the living God,” and then instructs his followers to tell no one, we quickly understand… Continue reading Who Do You Say that I Am?

March 2020

Unclean and Untouchables

3rd Sunday of Lent, March 15, 2020- John 4:5-42- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - Sisters and Brothers in Christ, and fellow seekers, this is the first sermon you will read during this time of separation caused by the coronavirus. And during this time, we will do all we can in reaching out to… Continue reading Unclean and Untouchables

January 2020

Jesus Began in Galilee

3rd Sunday after Epiphany, January 26, 2020- Matthew 4:12-23- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - I’ve mentioned before that certain cities and areas of our country and world have, at one time or another, been regarded as places most people would want to avoid. I’ve also said that such places tend to be locations… Continue reading Jesus Began in Galilee

December 2019

Are You the One?

3rd Sunday of Advent, December 15, 2019- Matthew 11:2-11, Isaiah 35:1-10- The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas - When Jesus heard that John the Baptist had been imprisoned, he left his hometown of Nazareth and made his new home in another Galilean town called Capernaum in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali which, like other… Continue reading Are You the One?

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?

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