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SEEING INVISIBLE PEOPLE – John 4: 5-42

Third Sunday in Lent, March 18/19, 2017 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA + The Rev. Roy Almquist I see dead people! Some of you movie buffs may remember that great line from M. Night Shyamalan’s spooky classic, The Sixth Sense, the story of a little boy, played by then angelic Haley Joel Osment, who […]

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A Mountain Top experience – Matthew 17: 1-9

The Transfiguration of Our Lord, February 25/26, 2017 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA ~ The Rev. Roy Almquist Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes […]

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The unforgettable SERMON – Matthew 5: 1-12

The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany ~ January 28-29, 2017 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA + The Rev. Roy Almquist With its fourteen buildings, Rockefeller Center in Manhattan was, at its time, the largest private construction project ever undertaken. The complex was conceived out of the great success of American capitalism in the early […]

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SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER? – Matthew 3: 13-17

The Baptism of Our Lord, January 14/15, 2017 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA ~ The Rev. Roy Almquist Shall we gather at the river, Where bright angel feet have trod, With its crystal tide forever ~ Flowing by the throne of God? Refrain: Yes, we’ll gather at the river, The beautiful, the beautiful river; […]

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Fantasy From The Outside – Matthew 2: 1-12

Festival of the Epiphany of Our Lord, January 7/8, 2017 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA + The Rev. Roy Almquist Moving quietly and majestically, they appear out of the dimness of our human imagining. At first they are just undulating shadows. Eventually we see their form in the eyes of our faith tradition. They […]

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Ending the war on Christmas – Luke 2: 1-14

Christmas Eve ~ Choral Eucharist (9:00 & 11:00), December 24, 2016 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA + The Rev. Roy Almquist One of my favorite preachers, William Willimon, the former chaplain at Duke University and now the Methodist Bishop for the Northern Alabama Conference, began a December sermon in this manner: I owe one […]

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Faithfulness in a time of turbulence + Matthew 11: 2-11

The Third Sunday in Advent, December 10/11, 2016 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA + The Rev. Roy Almquist Anyone who has ever flown on an airplane has heard that dreaded announcement: From the flight deck ~ this is your Captain speaking. We are encountering some turbulence. Please remain in your seats with your seatbelts […]

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In All Things ~ JOY – Luke 21: 5-19

Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost [Proper 28], November 12/13, 2016 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA +The Rev. Roy Almquist He rules the world with truth and grace, And makes the nations prove The glories of His righteousness, And wonders of His love. Joy to the World in mid-November? You can be forgiven if you are […]

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THE Holy flirtation ~ Luke 6: 20-31

All Saints’ Sunday, November 5-6, 2016 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA + The Rev. Roy Almquist Once we get beyond Christmas and Easter, the holiday most cherished by Christian people is Mother’s Day. I suppose one of the reasons we cherish Mother’s Day is that it reminds us of our unqualified indebtedness to others […]

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