A circle of friends on pilgrimage for the love of God

Epiphany – -Follow Me

Epiphany 3 – Follow MeRev. Dr. Les MartinAmos 1:1-11, Psalm 139:1-13, 1 Corinthians 1:10-17, Matthew 4:12-22 I grew up here over in Oak Ridge and was ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal church in Morristown, Tennessee in 1994. For the last 10 years I’ve been living in Nigeria and that’s one reason it’s nice to say I’m just less because protocol…

Baptism of Our Lord

Sunday After Epiphany 2023Baptism of Our LordRev. Doug FloydIsaiah 42:1-9, Psalm 89, Acts 10:34-38, Matthew 3:13-17 In the book, “How to Read Literature Like a Professor,” Thomas C. Foster teaches readers clues to look for when reading a novel. I often assign this to High School students first learning to interpret literature. He says that great literature often alludes to other great…

Feast of the Holy Name

Feast of the Holy NameChristmas 2Rev. Doug FloydExodus 34:1-9, Psalm 8, Romans 1:1-7, Luke 2:15-21 Today the church celebrates the eighth day after the birth of Jesus. On this day, Mary and Joseph took the baby to the Temple for circumcision and to officially name Him Jesus. We pause and reflect on the sacred name of Jesus. We read and sing the…

Christmas Day

Rev. Doug Floyd Christmas Sermon 2022Rev. Doug FloydJohn 1:1-18 We gather today to celebrate the wondrous birth of Jesus. With all our Christmas music, Christmas parties, and Christmas movies, it might be easy to overlook the true Christmas miracle: the birth of Jesus. In his birth, we behold the true and final King of Israel. At the same time, we behold the…

Christmas Eve

Rev. Doug Floyd Christmas Eve 2022Rev. Doug FloydLuke 2:1-38 Caesar Augustus decrees that all the world should be registered.  “All the world” As “all the world travels” to their own towns, Joseph and Mary arrive in Bethlehem, and she gives birth to a son and wraps him in swaddling cloths and lays him in a manger. This little baby in a tiny…

Christ the King

Christ the KingRichard FaganColossians 1:11-20 Today we come to the end of the liturgical year: Christ the King Sunday. This ends the liturgical calendar and leads into advent in the coming weeks. It’s interesting to note that this was a late addition to the liturgical calendar in 1925. In fact, the intent of this feast was to contrast the kingship of Jesus…

Little Rhythms of Praise

Pentecost +23Rev. Doug FloydMalachi 3:13-4:6 In name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Every so often, some former Christian singer or writer or even a mega-pastor will announce that they’re leaving the faith. They’ll say they cannot live a lie any longer. Their announcement in the press is often treated as courageous, that finally people are standing up…