Audio of Recent Sermons

December 10, 2017 – The Rev. James Stambaugh

[readings from Scripture]

“Repentance is a radical realignment of our thoughts, actions, desires, and priorities so as to align all with God.  But it’s even bigger than that, repentance is cosmic, repentance is the slow, grueling, mysterious, sometimes invisible re-aligning of all things, all creation, the entire universe, back toward God, back with God, back into God from whom all things come, and by whom all things are sustained.”

November 26, 2017 – The Rev. James Stambaugh

[readings from Scripture]

“…Prayers are not a substitute for action in the world, but prayers are necessary to faithful Christian action in the world.  Prayer leads us toward right action, toward a concern for the poor.  Active prayer, and prayerful action will, in the words of Ephesians, enlighten our hearts to know what hope truly is, to know our glorious inheritance with the saints, the riches of the Father’s love, the riches of the Holy Spirit’s power, and the joy of our life together with Christ, our Shepherd, and our King.” 

November 19, 2017 – The Rev. James Stambaugh

[readings from Scripture]

“Jesus is asking us, alluring us, daring us to take risks on behalf of God’s kingdom.  Jesus is asking us to muster the imagination, and the guts required to put all the gifts that God has given Holy Apostles on the line.  After this season of celebrating God’s gifts, we cannot take those gifts and bury them in the ground.  We need to be bold, risk failure, and use our gifts in outrageous ways to show our neighborhood, our community what a little bit of heaven looks like.”

November 12, 2017 – The Rev. James Stambaugh

[readings from Scripture]

“Even as Christ is coming, Christ is already here.  Parousia is both now and not yet.  The coming of Christ has real, this-worldly consequences.  We may meet Christ in the air (or not), but the point is, we come back to the city together.  We escort Christ into our earthly abode, into the real city, and into our real lives.  Then and now, we are heralds for Christ, and our job is to make his presence known here and now.”

November 5, 2017 – The Rev. James Stambaugh

[readings from Scripture]

“We are knit together in baptism; grafted into the body of Christ.  We become a member of this vast communion of saints that transcends time, and place, transcends all allegiances to flag or country.  We are sealed by the Holy Spirit as Christ’s own forever, we receive redemption, and become co-conspirators with God toward the redemption of all things in Christ.  This is the death that we die in baptism and the life we live in God.  This is what we all sign on for every time we renew our baptismal covenant, as we are about to do.  Because this is our identity in Christ—saints, ordinary saints.  This is the identity we can live into every day.”

October 22, 2017 – The Rev. James Stambaugh

[readings from Scripture]

“With God it is no longer us vs. them, Jew or Roman, black or white, have or have not: because God has it all.  Everything belongs to God, everything is a gift from God, and is returning to God, and that puts us all on the same side of the tracks.  And guess what: there is enough.  Not only does this world have enough resources for us all, but there is enough grace for us all.  There is enough love for us all.  There is enough acceptance, and friendship, and joy, and peace for us all.  Because everything that is good is a gift from God, and anything that we offer to God is from what God has already given.”    

October 15, 2017 – The Rev. James Stambaugh

[readings from Scripture]

“God is calling us to be a community of permeable boundaries, boundaries that are open to crossing.  A community that is not closed off, but open and outward focused.  Open to the mystery and the power of the Holy Spirit working in our midst.  Open to include others regardless of who they are, or how much money they make, or what they look like. Open to going out into the highways and byways looking for those are lost, who are marginalized and alone, and invite them in to the King’s abundant feast of grace.  Open to harder work of accepting the invitation to sit at the King’s table of grace ourselves.”

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October 8, 2017 – The Rev. James Stambaugh

[readings from Scripture]

“The reign of God’s peace…seems so far away, but it isn’t…Through the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, God has established a reign of peace in the cosmos that has no end.  It seems our tiny corner of the universe called earth has not yet received the memo, we are still operating under an old regime.  God’s peace has overcome the chaos and destruction of sin, death, and hell…fragmentation, and hatred, and spite do not have the final word: God’s peace reigns.  The entire cosmos is woven together, the end and aim of the entire universe is toward God’s justice and steadfast love made manifest in Jesus Christ.”

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October 1, 2017 – The Rev. James Stambaugh

[readings from Scripture]

“It is God’s power in Jesus that can cause [the Bible] to knock you right out of your pews.  It is God’s power in Jesus that can heal your body and broken heart.  It is God’s power in Jesus that can definitively challenge the injustice, and hatred, and violence in our world.  It is God’s power in Jesus that is constantly pouring God’s self out in love toward everyone, even the worst of the worst, even those who hate God.  That is the Word of God.  That is the Good News of Peace.  That is the Good Word that cuts through all the other noise, the Word we must cling to no matter whatThat is the Word that must be on our lips, and the Word demonstrated in our lives, and through our love for each other.”

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September 24, 2017 – The Rev. James Stambaugh

[readings from Scripture]

“Sisters and brothers, this morning God is inviting us to open our imaginations to new, and dangerous vistas of God’s love.  To imagine worlds so dripping with God’s mercy, that all our petty understandings of justice, our squabbles over resources, our envies and our greed will melt away in the terrible fire of God’s love, which transcends even our wildest dreams.”

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September 10, 2017 – The Rev. James Stambaugh

[readings from Scripture]

“As a handful of sand compared to the sea: so is the sin of all humankind compared to the ocean of God’s mercy” – St. Isaac the Syrian

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August 27, 2017 – The Rev. James Stambaugh

[readings from Scripture]

“The renewing of our mind occurs slowly.  It’s a process and a journey that we undertake together, through prayer, through reading Scripture, by participating in the Sacrament of Eucharist, though holy conversation, and yes, by fellowship with each other.

These things might seem paltry when pitted against the cosmic forces of death, and sin.  But they’re not.  Transformation has to start with us, our individual and corporate lives.  Prayer eradicates fear.  Scripture has the power to change the course of an entire life.  Even the smallest act of love, done in the name of Jesus, can change the world.  And a small congregation, like this one, can show an entire community, and entire township what the Kingdom of God looks like.  That is our job, that is the job of the Church of the Holy Apostles: to be a sign to the wider community that a different world is possible.