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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 […]

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 […]