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Category Archives: Sermons
“Service in Translation”: a sermon on the occasion of the ordination of the Rev. Dr. Kyle Rader to the diaconate on the Feast of the Epiphany
This is the sermon preached by the Rev. Stacy Alan on the Feast of the Epiphany at Church of the Transfiguration in Manhattan on the occasion of the ordination of the Rev. Dr. Kyle Rader to the transitional diaconate.
Here is a link to the sermon preached by the Rev. Stacy Alan on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Park Ridge, Illinois. (Audio and text have been uploaded.)
The power of prayer is the power to transform whatever we experience. It will exalt the humble and meek and–eventually–cast the mighty from their thrones, so that they too may be truly lifted up. It fills the hungry with good things, and sends the rich empty away–so that they might hunger and be filled. Continue reading
It’s hard, not just because, as human beings, we are supposed to feel compassion. It’s hard because I, like the disciples, have already made a commitment. I already told Jesus I’d follow him. At this point neutrality and ignorance and apathy are not options. Jesus has already told me that he is to be found in those who suffer. But all I can do is close my eyes. Continue reading
The suffering of the world will have made its way under the surface, like ice in a Chicago street, and with first storm, the tiny cracks in our heart will open into a giant pothole, and I will fear falling in and being lost forever. Continue reading