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Thanks For The Memories ~ Mark 1: 21-28

The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany ~ January 27/28, 2018 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA + The Rev. Roy Almquist We come to the weekend that we knew could not be avoided. Ever since I wrote to you in November I have had my eye on the calendar. I have continued to shuffle back […]

THE GRAND SURPRISE ~ Matthew 25: 31-45

Christ the King / Last Sunday after Pentecost, November 25/26, 2017 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA + The Rev. Roy Almquist Today is Christ the King Sunday … the last Sunday of Pentecost. The Church Year ends now, but not simply with the harsh blowing of dry leaves and cold wind in the morning […]

A BIBLICAL Bad dream – Matthew 25: 1-13

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost [Pr. 27], November 11/12, 2017 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA + The Rev. Roy Almquist From time to time I read passages in Scripture that remind me of bad dreams I have had. When I was a seminarian, preparing to be a minister, I used to travel to churches carrying […]

Restoring THE BREACHES ~ Philippians 4: 1-9

The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost [Proper 23], October 14-15, 2017 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA + The Rev. Roy Almquist I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women for they have struggled beside me […]

The Better of Two Bad SonS + Matthew 21: 23-32

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost [Proper 21], September 30/October 1, 2017 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA + The Rev. Roy Almquist Whether we like it or not, we are living at a very contentious time. From health care to tax reform, from immigration to support for the victims of floods and earthquakes, we are […]

The Prickliest parable – Matthew 18: 21-35

The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost [Proper 19], September 16-17, 2017 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA + The Rev. Roy Almquist The unimaginable horror took place almost eleven years ago. On a pleasant fall morning in October Charles Roberts burst into an Amish schoolhouse at West Nickel Mine, Lancaster County, armed with three guns. Almost […]

A CHURCH LIKE YOU and me – Matthew 18: 15-20

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost [Proper 18], September 9-10, 2017 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA + The Rev. Roy Almquist An older man was sitting on a bench in front of a church. A young couple came by, pushing a stroller. They engaged the man in conversation: Are you a member of this congregation? I […]

A “Come to Jesus” Moment – Matthew 16: 13-20

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost [Proper 16], August 26/27, 2017 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA + The Rev. Roy Almquist There are many ways in which the Name of Jesus has permeated our contemporary thinking … not always through terms of endearment! There was a time when the expression … come to Jesus … clearly […]

Surprise, Surprise! – Genesis 45: 1-15 and Matthew 15: 21-28

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost [Proper 15], August 19/20, 2017 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA ~ The Rev. Roy Almquist We often say we like surprises, but do we really? As I have matured, I hope graciously, I find that I like the predictable. When it comes to cuisine, Shannon is much more adventurous than […]