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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 […]

Joseph: The Womb That Sheltered Mary Matthew 1: 18-25

The Fourth Sunday in Advent, December 17/18, 2016 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA + The Rev. Roy Almquist What does it mean to be a man? That is a question that a lot of teenaged boys are struggling to answer as they mature in our modern society. We have made progress in encouraging a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Crossing The Bridge + Luke 18: 9-14

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost [Proper 25], October 22/23, 2016 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA – The Rev. Roy Almquist Most good stories have a plot with a conflict. The narratives we most enjoy have a hero and a villain … a good guy and a bad guy … Harry Potter and Voldemort. “Two men […]

The Tale of the PERSISTENT Widow + Luke 18: 1-8

Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost [Proper 24], October 15/16, 2010 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA  - The Rev. Roy Almquist   In nineteenth century America there was a man who failed in business at the age of 21.  This man decided to run for elective office, but was defeated.  He failed again in a second […]

The Muscle of Faith ~ Luke 17: 5-10

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost [Proper 22], October 1/2, 2016 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA – The Rev. Roy Almquist A little over a week ago I received an e-mail from a good friend and former parishioner. In his brief communication, he made a clear and reasonable request: I would love to meet with you […]

The Commendable Scoundrel – Luke 16: 1-13

The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost  [Pr. 20], September 17/18, 2016 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA  -  The Rev. Roy Almquist   I am about to say something that I do not believe I have ever said from the pulpit.  As a result I think it might be fair to say that you are about […]

The Lost And The Found + Luke 15: 1-10

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost [Proper 19] The Fifteenth Anniversary of “9/11″ / September 10/11, 2016 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA + The Rev. Roy Almquist Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and […]