November 28, 2021: Sermon Preached by The Rev. Katie Holicky

In the early 90’s I was a small child just old enough to start to fall in love with popular music. I recall riding in the back seat of our family’s red Subaru wagon bopping along to the hits of the day. Many times as we arrived back home from whatever outing, my brother Matt and I would bolt from the car and run inside to turn the radio on, literally not wanting to miss a beat. In those years we would often find ourselves with our faces squished against each other as we shared the phone and stretched the cord of the land line as far as we could from the kitchen to the living room just to call in our requests to the local radio station. 

November 21, 2021: Sermon Preached by Myma Koonce

In 2002, we were living in Wellington, New Zealand. One of the highlights for me was when Queen Elizabeth made her official visit. I suppose we shouldn’t have been surprised at the abundance of empty seats in the Wellington Cathedral: the very egalitarian Kiwis we knew were supremely uninterested in the woman who is their titular head of state. Not so for me!

November 14, 2021: Sermon Preached by The Rev. Mary Lee Wile

What an interesting gospel lesson for this, our first Sunday back inside St. Paul’s. We hear how one of Jesus’ disciples is awed by the impressive size of the temple in Jerusalem – “Wow! Look at that!” he says – just as we might be thinking, “Wow, look at how beautiful this place is!”

November 7, 2021: Sermon Preached by The Rev. Katie Holicky, Asst. Rector

Last Sunday we celebrated the Vigil for the Eve of All Saints’. This week, as my heart swelled on All Souls Day, the day we remember those we love who now rest in God’s eternal love, I found myself dwelling on my ancestors. I reflected on the ways in which my ancestors, especially my grandparents, still come to me in mystical ways. Reminding me they love me, or that there is beauty in every morning, that I am formed time and time again by them as I remember them.

October 10, 2021: Sermon Preached by The Rev. Katie Holicky

Now, let us come back together. What you have just seen is the way the Iroquois set up their villages. I recently learned of this in the book, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. You see, before this land we stand on, stolen land, was colonized, the Iriqous surrounded their villages on all sides with six square miles of corn. That is something like three thousand eight hundred and forty acres. 

October 3, 2021: Sermon Preached by The Rev. Mary Lee Wile

Marriage, Divorce (and St. Francis)

Happy St. Francis Day, happy marriage & divorce day(??), happy blessing of the children day… We’ve got a pretty complicated trinity of themes to wrestle with this morning.

It was 21 years ago – October 8, 2000 –– that I last preached on this gospel. A whole lot has changed in our culture since then, but I need to begin by confessing that as a divorced, remarried person, even after 35 years in a second marriage that is one of the deepest blessings of my life, I still find Jesus’ words on marriage and divorce painful, while as a mother and now a grandmother, I continue to find Jesus’ blessing of the children deeply comforting. (And St. Francis? He’ll show up, too.)

So – let’s dive in.

September 26, 2021: Sermon Preached by The Rev. Katie Holicky

As a little girl growing up in the nineties with many “girl power” stickers, posters, and tee shirts, I loved the movie, A League of Their Own. Which depicted a fictionalized telling of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League that existed from 1943 to 1954. I rejoiced in 2012 when it was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. I loved this movie so much I recall one fateful afternoon where I had a complete meltdown at our local library because despite my many thoughtful assertions as to why I should now be called “Kit”, like one of the characters in the movie, my entire family refused. There. Were. Tears. To be fair, I have never played baseball or softball and have to this day never successfully made it through watching an entire game. Thus, I remain “Katie”.

September 19, 2021: Sermon Preached by The Rev. Katie Holicky

Just a little over eight years ago, with a lot of excitement and a little bit of fear, I wandered into St. John’s Chapel on the campus of Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It would become one of the most sacred and formative places to ever hold me, but on this breezy day in mid to late August of 2013, I sat down in the Chapel for the first time for student orientation. After a welcoming prayer, we were told the story of Jonathan Daniels. In the early 60’s Daniels was a student at what was then Episcopal Theological School. He worshiped in this same chapel, ate in the same refectory, and studied in the same library we would shortly tour.

September 12, 2021: Sermon Preached by The Rev. Carolyn H. Eklund

I had started my work as rector of Grace Church in Plainfield, New Jersey just three months before the September 11 attacks. Our town was on the commuter train line into New York City. The attacks happened on a Tuesday. By Friday, everyone in each of those towns was aware that the cars left in the commuter parking lots, were the cars of those killed in the Twin Towers that day.

Grace Church was located on 7th street, a major two-way county road that ran parallel to the train line. It was a very busy street. On September 11, we opened the doors to our beautiful place of prayer and held Evening Prayer that week. Friday that year was the Feast of the Holy Cross. That evening was most poignant because Christians believe that the cross of Jesus “draws the whole world to himself for our redemption…” and that we are called to “take up our cross and follow him…”  That was an important message for us all.

August 29, 2021: Sermon Preached by The Rev. Carolyn H. Eklund

In some bibles this passage in Mark’s gospel is called “The Hand-washing Controversy.”  Yesterday, when I checked the number of cases of COVID in Maine, they had doubled in one day due to the Delta variant surge. You and I know that hand washing has taken on great importance as one of three practices that can stop the spread of the virus: hand-washing, mask-wearing and vaccination. For these 18 months or so I can still hear myself singing the doxology when I wash my hands. “Praise God from whom all blessings flow…” I sing it twice for the recommended 20 seconds of hand-washing!

Hand-washing is a best practice for sanitation and for controlling the spread of disease.  It is not considered something that causes controversy!