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Forgiving as Freely as we Have Been

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Posted by The Rev. Chris Harris on

Matthew 18:21-35 So in last week’s Gospel, we learned that if you someone has said or done something to upset you, that you are NOT to talk about it in the parking lot, you are NOT talk to others about it behind their back. Right? That’s called TRIANGULATION – that’s...

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The Light of Christ for Future Generations

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Posted by The Rev. Chris Harris on

What will your legacy be? Have you noticed that part in the baptismal service when one of the clergy lights a small candle from the Paschal Candle, and offer it to the newly baptized (or to a parent if an infant) with the words, “Receive the light of Christ, as Christ’s light in the...

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Take a Prayer Walk

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Posted by The Rev. Chris Harris on

Bishop Mathes would ask congregations a simple, but very powerful question, If your church were to close tomorrow, would your community notice? It’s a great question, but one that each of us might be inclined to pass off on the institution to solve. So, I like to bring it down to the...

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The Undomesticated Kingdom of God

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Posted by The Rev. Chris Harris on

The Undomesticated Kingdom of God - When we say yes to it, The Kingdom of God it is so invasive, so blessedly disruptive to our carefully laid plans in life - that some are tempted to give everything up for it!   Deciphering Jesus’ parables is always a challenge, and these four...

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Parable of the Sower or the Soils?

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Parable of the Sower or the Soils?Matthew 13:1-9 The Rev. Chris Harris' sermon from Sunday, July 16, 2017 This is most commonly known as the Parable of the Sower, but it is also known as the Parable of the Soils, and that seems to be at the heart of the interpretation offered by Mathew’s...

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Are you saved?

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Posted by The Rev. Chris Harris on

John 10:1-10 This gospel reminds of a time when two missionaries came to my door one afternoon, and after a few warm up questions, got to their real question: ‘Had I been saved?’ I had just gone to work for the church, so I replied somewhat smugly, ‘thanks but I’m the...

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What Does the Cross Mean to You

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Good Friday Sermon – The Rev. Chris Harris In a few minutes you are going to be invited to come forward to ‘venerate’ the cross. That might be a new invitation for some of you. You might be wondering how does one venerate something anyway? Well not surprisingly its very...

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Our Baptismal Promises: A Journey Not a Destination

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Posted by The Rev. Chris Harris on

During the 9am Forum all through Lent we have been studying the five promises within our Baptismal Covenant. Going through this series as both participant and facilitator has been an eye-opening experience. I have been reminded just how much of a journey - as opposed to a destination - our...

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Life in the Spirit

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Posted by The Rev. Chris Harris on

Life in the Spirit John 3:1-17 During the calling process that ultimately brought me to St Barts, myself and the other candidates were asked a number of tough questions in a series of interviews. None were more tough for me than this one: What is your favorite hymn? Having not grown up going...

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