Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

3rd Sunday in Lent – Year A
John 4:5-42

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Not part of my vocabulary just five days ago, I’ve now used the phrase social distancing at least a dozen times in the past twenty-four hours. In response to concerns about the spread of the new COVID-19 virus, we’re embracing the call to limit in-person social interaction in the hope of “flattening the curve” (another newly adopted term) of the virus’s reach. And while social distancing may be new to our vernacular, its existence is as old as time. Perhaps not so much the mitigating risk kind we’re enacting today, but the kind that results when we exclude others because of who they are, what they’ve done, or how they live.

The story told in John’s gospel about Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman demonstrates social distancing on multiple levels. Read the rest of this entry »

Tell them about the Dream

February 16, 2020

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

6th Sunday after Epiphany
Matthew 5:21-27

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Courage Required

February 9, 2020

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

5th Sunday after Epiphany
Matthew 5:13-20; Isaiah 58:1-9a

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For the last few days, I have been among hundreds of people from across the Diocese of East Carolina, participating with many of you here present in this year’s Annual Convention. Read the rest of this entry »

Lead with Kindness

November 3, 2019

Church of the Servant, Wilmington, NC

All Saints’ (transferred), Year C
Luke 6:20-31

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Gospel:

Luke 6:20-31

Jesus looked up at his disciples and said:

“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled.

“Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.

“Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.”

“But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.

“Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry.

“Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep.

“Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.

“But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

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