January 26th, 2019 By punkpriest

Surrender Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21 “Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him. He said to them, “Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing. Luke in this passage is pointing out that the Reign of God […]

A Simple Faith

January 21st, 2019 By punkpriest

The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers: By Amy Hollingsworth Mark 2:18-22 “Frankly, I think that after we die, we have this wide understanding of what’s real. And we’ll probably say, “Ah, so that’s what it was all about.” Fred Rogers Jesus essentially said in this exchange: “I, Jesus, am going to take you, humankind, as […]

Accepting Our Wholeness: Both Dark and Light

January 17th, 2019 By punkpriest

Accepting Our Wholeness-Both the Light and the Dark Mark 1:40-45 The Message (MSG) 4″0 A leper came to him, begging on his knees, “If you want to, you can cleanse me.” 41-45 Deeply moved, Jesus put out his hand, touched him, and said, “I want to. Be clean.” Then and there the leprosy was gone, his skin […]

Making Time for Life

January 16th, 2019 By punkpriest

MAKING TIME FOR LIFE! Mark 1:29-39 All people make mistakes. All of us are sinners. All of us are criminals. All of us violate the law at some point in our lives. In fact, if the worst thing you have ever done is speed ten miles over the speed limit on the freeway, you have […]

Remembering Janet Jones

January 12th, 2019 By punkpriest

  Remembering Janet B. Jones “Beloved Follower of Christ” I learned of Janet’s death yesterday. She was found deceased in her home on Van Ness Avenue yesterday morning. My heart was filled with sadness, and grief.  On the surface one would see Janet as a prim and proper Episcopalian. She was white haired, slender, well […]

Remember Your Baptism and Keep It Holy!

January 11th, 2019 By punkpriest

Remember Your Baptism And Keep It Holy! “After all the people had been baptized Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased.” […]

Perfect Love

January 8th, 2019 By punkpriest

Perfect Love Mark 6:34-44 “Give them some food yourselves.” Last night I gave a young lady some food, as she huddled under  her blanket, and she smiled and said: “You are giving me communion!” And for me each piece of food I give is the body of Jesus, becoming flesh in the person given the […]

Doing and Being

January 7th, 2019 By punkpriest

Doing and Being Matthew 4:12-17, 23-25 In our lectionary reading Jesus is about doing: “He went around all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness among the people.” His ministry was of doing. He got his hands dirty, he preached the Good News, but […]

The Hidden One’s

January 6th, 2019 By punkpriest

The Hidden Revealed Matthew 2:10-11 “They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his  mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense , and myrrh.” A game that some friends, Matt and Jacob,  […]

Limited But Full of Grace

January 2nd, 2019 By punkpriest

Limited But Full of Grace John 1:19-28   John the Baptist’s mission was to emphasize the importance of Jesus over himself. This became a major characteristic of Jesus’ teaching: humility. This means facing two realities about ourselves: that there is a very small part of us that is limited and sinful but that this must […]