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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 […]

Hiroshima and The Glory of God ~ Luke 9:28-36

The Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, August 5/6, 2017 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA ~ The Rev. Roy Almquist We weren’t … just wishing on a star when we laid the facts out before you … We saw it with our own eyes: Jesus, resplendent with light from God the Father, as […]

Let Them Grow Together ~ Matthew 13: 24-30

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost [Proper 11], July 22/23, 2017 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA ~ The Rev. Roy Almquist Last week our Gospel lesson spoke to us about planting seeds. This week our attention is focused on pulling weeds. The two go together. Every backyard farmer knows that planting seeds is the easy part […]

Seeing The Harvest That Jesus Sees ~ Matthew 9:35 – 10:8

Second Sunday after Pentecost [Proper 6], June 17-18, 2017 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA + The Rev. Roy Almquist Barbara Brown Taylor, the gifted Episcopal preacher and seminary professor, tells a wonderful story about a visit she made several years ago to southern Turkey. She shares her observation in her book The Preaching Life. […]

The God of Mindfulness – Psalm 8

Trinity Sunday, June 11, 2017 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA + The Rev. Roy Almquist O Lord, our Governor, how majestic is your name in all the earth! … When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you […]

Words of Hope in Troubled times ~ John 14: 1-13

Fifth Sunday in Easter, May 13/14, 2017 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA + The Rev. Roy Almquist Today is Mother’s Day, a day when we pause to honor those special people who discharged the office of mother in our lives. Sometimes that task was fulfilled by a father … or by a grandparent … […]

Majesty In Transit ~ Matthew 21: 1-11

Palm Sunday / Sunday of the Passion, April 8-9, 2017 Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA + The Rev. Roy Almquist Pussy-cat, pussy-cat, where have you been? I’ve been to London to visit the queen. Pussy-cat, pussy-cat, what did you there? I frightened a little mouse under a chair. This charming little nursery rhyme speaks […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]