Past Sermons

GOD’S CHURCH, NOT YOURS, NOT MINE, NOT OURS

JOHN 6:24-35ST. AUGUSTINE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCHMORROW, GEORGIATHE REVEREND BARRY GRIFFIN, RECTOR This morning’s Collect of the Day is a plea from the church for the church: “Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot …

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NO OFFERING: NO MIRACLE

JOHN 6:1-21ST. AUGUSTINE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCHMORROW, GEORGIATHE REVEREND BARRY GRIFFIN It’s the only miracle story recorded in all four gospels.  The Feeding of the Five Thousand appears in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  Apparently, the gospel writers found this particular miracle …

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SHEPHERDS AND SHEEP

JEREMIAH 23:1-6PSALM 23MARK 6:30-34, 53-56ST. AUGUSTINE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCHMORROW, GEORGIATHE REVEREND BARRY GRIFFIN This morning we’ve heard a lot about shepherds and sheep.  The Prophet Jeremiah railed against the shepherds of Israel who destroyed and scattered their sheep.  The appointed psalm …

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NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED

MARK 6:14-29ST. AUGUSTINE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCHMORROW, GEORGIATHE REVEREND BARRY GRIFFIN Some claim the Bible is boring.  I beg to differ.  The gospel reading you just heard, the beheading of John the Baptist, is gruesome, twisted, and truly bizarre.  You can’t make …

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SIMPLE, STRAIGHTFORWARD, AND CLEAR

MATTHEW 22:34-40ST. AUGUSTINE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCHMORROW, GEORGIATHE REVEREND BARRY GRIFFIN The American philosopher and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “To be simple is to be great.”  Ancient Chinese wisdom extols the value of simple living.  In our hymnal, Hymn 554 …

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NO UNCERTAIN TERMS

MARK 5:21-43ST. AUGUSTINE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCHMORROW, GEORGIATHE REVEREND BARRY GRIFFIN, RECTOR there is nothing a father will not do to save the life of his child.  There is nothing a mother will not do to do the same.          I have …

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I’M NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THAT

ST. AUGUSTINE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCHMORROW, GEORGIATHE REVEREND BARRY GRIFFIN Some time ago I attended a diocesan planning meeting.  There were six or eight of us there.  Some I knew well, some not.  We sat around a long table. This was a …

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YOU CANNOT MICRO-MANAGE THE KINGDOM OF GOD

Mark 4:26-34ST. AUGUSTINE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCHMORROW, GEORGIATHE REVEREND BARRY GRIFFIN Do you have houseplants in your home?  I have several houseplants: one in the kitchen, three in the living room/dining room area, and four in the bedroom.  Years ago I mentioned …

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HOW THE TRINITY WORKS

ST. AUGUSTINE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCHMORROW, GEORGIATHE REVEREND BARRY GRIFFIN How much do you remember about First Grade?  For some of us, myself included, First Grade was a long time ago!  But think back.  Do you remember your First Grade teacher?  Some or all of your …

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