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In this section of the website, we feature homilies and articles by St. Paul's clergy and parishioners. Some of the homilies have been recorded and are posted in MP3 format. You can listen to these homilies using a media program such as Quicktime or Windows Media Player. If you would like to write an article, please contact administrator@stpaulscary.org.

Taking Your Shoes Off Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, March 3, 2013

Exodus 3:1-15
It was just a little over 30 years ago that I had an opportunity to take a trip to the Middle East. The group that I was with, I remember this vividly, flying out of New York to Amman, Jordan...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 03 March 2013 )
 
Stewardship Video Presentation Print E-mail

joy-logo-medStewardship Video Presentation
February 24, 2013

The history of this parish is amazing. It started in a small band room at Cary High School in 1958. Some of the people here at St. Paul's today remember those days. It was about giving of themselves, taking risks, and seeing where God is calling them...

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Last Updated ( Friday, 01 March 2013 )
 
Memorial Service for Sally Thorn, Feb 23, 2013 Print E-mail

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A memorial service was held for the life of Sally Thorn on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 221 Union Street, Cary, NC. A reception followed the service in the Youth Wing. Click here for obituary in the News and Observer.

Last Updated ( Friday, 31 October 2014 )
 
Blessing of the Hands 2013 Print E-mail

sally_harboldRev. Dr. Sally L. Harbold
Homily, February 17, 2013

Deut 26:1-11, Luke 4:1-13
At first glance, in this lesson from Deuteronomy, there is a powerful image of the land that God has designated for the people of God...

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 August 2013 )
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Ash Wednesday 2013 Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, Ash Wednesday
February 13, 2013

Good evening. It's good to see you all here as we come to the end of a day and the beginning of the wondrous season, the season of Lent. I would bet you that you've never started the season of Lent with a banner that says JOY - brightly colored. I want to put that a little bit in context...

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 February 2013 )
 
Beth and Mark Bordeaux on Stewardship Print E-mail

bordeaux-homily-2-10-2013-135Mark and Beth Bordeaux
Homily, February 10, 2013

Luke 9:28-36
In the Gospel reading today, Peter, John, and James went with Jesus up on the mountain to pray. I'll bet they didn't know what they were getting into. Maybe they would have rather stayed home, or maybe they were looking forward to an adventure with Jesus...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 February 2013 )
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Are We Afraid of Being Born? Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, February 3, 2013

There was a book that I had to read for a course that I was taking in college (I was majoring in sociology) back in 1973. The book was called The Denial of Death. It was written by Ernest Becker who was a cultural anthropologist. The idea of the book was this: one of the things we find difficult to accept is death...

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Last Updated ( Monday, 04 February 2013 )
 
Brian and Julia Rudy on Stewardship Print E-mail

brudy_100 jrudy-100 Julia and Brian Rudy
Homily, January 27, 2013

Good Morning. My name is Julia Rudy and my husband, Brian, and I are going to share with you what makes St. Paul’s such a joyful place for us. St. Paul’s has been a special place to our family even before we started attending church here a few short years ago...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 January 2013 )
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Water Into Wine Print E-mail

candy08Rev. Candace Snively, Deacon
Homily, January 20, 2013

John 2:1-11
As a hospital chaplain I have heard many stories over the years, some very sad and some inspiring. I'd like to share a story with you today that I believe is a blend of both. I first met Ann (which is not her real name) about a year ago at Rex Nursing and Rehab Facility in Apex...

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 January 2013 )
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Annual Meeting 2013 Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, January 13, 2013

The church is in decline. Attendance is decreasing. Membership is decreasing. Financial support of the church is decreasing. That's what a lot of reports are saying about the church today, particularly in the United States. A lot of studies and reports are being done. And those statistics, in many ways, are real...

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 January 2013 )
 
The Star of Epiphany Print E-mail

sally_harboldRev. Dr. Sally L. Harbold
Homily, January 6, 2013

Matthew 2:1-12
In the last five weeks we have successfully navigated the beginning of a new church year, the season of Advent, the birth of our Savior, and a new calendar welcoming in 2013. So here we are today and the Wise Men have arrived at the manger and we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 06 January 2013 )
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The Light of Your Incarnate Word Print E-mail

lauren-kilbourn120Rev. Lauren Kilbourn,
Homily, December 30, 2012

John 1:1-18
I know that it seems a little crazy, but I think a part of myself has always wanted to be a priest. I used to think that I only wanted to be a youth director, but feeling God’s call to ordination has proved to be a wonderful (and long) process...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 06 January 2013 )
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Christmas Day 2012 Print E-mail

TonyRev. Tony Wike
Homily, December 25, 2012

Luke 2:[1-7]8-20
Many years ago when I was attending a conference in New York City I had a chance to join a group of friends and about five or six thousand other people at Radio City Music Hall on a Saturday evening for the annual Radio City Christmas spectacular ...

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 January 2013 )
 
Christmas Eve 2012 Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, December 24, 2012

Luke 2:1-20
I'd like to share a story with you tonight about Daniel; not the Daniel of the Hebrew scriptures, but Daniel of Thornwood, New York. Back in 1973 my family moved from Yonkers, New York where I had grown up to Thornwood, New York...

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Last Updated ( Friday, 28 December 2012 )
 
The Children We Love Print E-mail

lauren-kilbourn120Rev. Lauren Kilbourn,
Homily, December 16, 2012

This morning at the nine o'clock service 99 of our St. Paul's children performed our annual Christmas pageant. Sheep, soldiers, angels, and shepherds brought us the message of Christ's birth. I thought a little about how I would do this as I walked through the halls of our parish buildings this morning...

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 January 2013 )
 
What is a Legacy? Print E-mail

sally_harboldRev. Dr. Sally L. Harbold
Homily, December 9, 2012

Luke 3:1-6
I would like to invite you to consider with me the question of what is a legacy? The number one dictionary definition of a legacy has to do with money or material things that are left and therefore inherited by someone else...

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Last Updated ( Monday, 10 December 2012 )
 
What Are You Waiting For? Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, December 2, 2012

Luke 21:25-36
What are you waiting for? This season of Advent that we begin today and for the next four weeks is oftentimes described as the season of waiting. Watching and waiting. So I say to us this morning, "What are you waiting for?" ...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 02 December 2012 )
 
A New Church Season Print E-mail

lauren-kilbourn120Rev. Lauren Kilbourn,
Homily, November 25, 2012

This past week I planned on celebrating a national holiday. It's something I plan and look forward to on an annual basis. Yet something came up this year that I didn't quite get the chance to gather my family and friends in the comfort and warmth of my car and drive to the mall to celebrate Black Friday...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 25 November 2012 )
 
Adamik Wedding Held Nov 3 Print E-mail

adamik-elizabeth-weddingGeorge and Mary Adamik were proud parents when their daughter Elizabeth married Daniel Gallagher on November 3, 2012 at St. Paul’s. Elizabeth was 9 years old and her sister Rebecca 6, when the Adamik’s arrived in 1999. It meant so much for Elizabeth to be married at St. Paul’s, the church in which she grew up and loves so deeply. George shared how over the years he has walked down that aisle many times every Sunday, but this walk with Elizabeth was like no other and one he will never forget. And how many rectors get to walk their daughter down the aisle of a church that they were a part of designing and building with a visionary faith community. It was quite an emotional day. George, Mary, Elizabeth and Rebecca would like to share with you the happiness of this special day through the following video. Congratulations to Dan and Elizabeth.

Elizabeth & Dan's Wedding Day Video

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 November 2013 )
 
One Book on a Desert Island Print E-mail

TonyRev. Tony Wike
Homily, Nov 18, 2012

Mark 13:1-8
This morning I want to invite us to consider a hypothetical question, a question that some of us may have pondered before. The question is this: if you were stranded all alone on a desert island and could have only one book with you, what would it be? ...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 18 November 2012 )
 
The Widow's Mite Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, November 11, 2012

Mark 12:38-44
The widow's mite. That's a phrase that's usually used to describe this Gospel reading that we just heard. I'd like to talk a bit about this Gospel reading, actually share with you two observations...

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Life out of Death Print E-mail

sally_harboldRev. Dr. Sally L. Harbold
Homily, November 4, 2012

The story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead is one of, if not the, most remarkable miracles of Jesus' life before facing the cross. We can't answer the question of why Jesus stepped way out there on this one...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 04 November 2012 )
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Eucharistic Prayer from St. Francis by the Sea Print E-mail

st-francis-by-the-sea-sunset-250We can’t all live there, but most of us enjoy our beautiful NC coast, and many of our parishioners savor fond memories of Men’s or Women’s Beach Week on Bogue Banks. St. Francis by the Sea in Salter Path (just up the road from “Beach Week Headquarters”) is fortunate to have as a parishioner Peter Makuck, a Pulitzer-nominated poet and author (Google for more info), as well as an inspiring music program led by Linda Laughton (who many St. Paul’s Choir members have met during the August Music Retreat at Trinity Center).

Everett Thomas, Rector of St. Francis, asked Peter to write a Eucharistic Prayer for use at St. Francis, which would tie in the island home of St. Francis with God’s Grace. When it was completed Bishop Daniels granted St. Francis permission to incorporate the prayer as part of the Sunday Service once a month (plus Celtic Services on Wednesdays). The prayer was put to music recently by Linda, sung by soloist / parishioner Robin Smith, and put on video using photos of Everett Thomas, Dr. and Mrs. James Piver, painting of Weston Porter.

The Prayer and music are moving, and the photos and painting help put them into focus. The words follow, and the link to the video is listed. Any of us would enjoy both; those who have spent any time there might enjoy even more.

Click here for video: http://vimeo.com/51464121

Eucharistic Prayer by Peter Makuck
Sung at Saint Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church, Salter Path, North Carolina, Oct 7, 2012
Music: Linda Laughton
Soloist: Robin Smith
Painting: Weston Porter
Photographs: Dr. and Mrs. James Piver, The Rev. Everett Thomas

We thank you, holy creator, that we live surrounded by divinity
On this island where we find so many things St. Francis loved.
The endless improvisation of mockingbirds in sculpted bodies of live oaks,
The great blue heron in stilted slow motion in silhouette against jade shallows,
A kingfisher in its hover and dive, a sandpiper's frenetic blurred scurry,
Pelicans in arabesque, in long, elegant, ground effect glides.

Too often we turn our backs, dear God, on you
And exile ourselves in favor of phantoms that falsely flatter
But you do not forget us, and in your goodness and mercy readily welcome us
Welcome us back to the grace notes of your kingdom
That we might be restored and learn once again who we really are.

As Jesus was, we are called to islands of solitude
To vast stores of unused quiet to be with you,
To immensities of oceanic blue that enlarge our souls
And remind us of eternity and what passes but with promise.
When the low sun spreads its crimson oil on Bogue Sound,
And when the island ripens into darkness,
You gift us with bright constellations and infuse us with awe
Infuse us with awe at the mystery of your infinite spaces
And the heaven that awaits us
Infuse us with awe at the mystery of your infinite spaces
Infuse us with awe.

We gather in this maritime forest
under this sun shafted canopy to receive your Word
Joining with Saints and Angels in one eternal chorus
Our voices lifted to magnify you as we sing:
Link to video: http://vimeo.com/51464121

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 November 2012 )
 
Throwing Off the Cloak Print E-mail

lauren-kilbourn120Rev. Lauren Kilbourn,
Homily, October 28, 2012

Mark 10: 46-52
When I went to seminary I had the opportunity to live and work for a time in South Africa. There I met a woman named Sachi. She was someone I met in a church group; she came to the church where I worked. We met in a group that gathered together for support and for prayer...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 04 November 2012 )
 
You Be That Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, October 21, 2012

Mark 10:35-45
In two weeks my oldest daughter is getting married here at St. Paul's. She and her fiancee met at UNC Greensboro. The last few months and weeks have been heading toward that day. I know the next couple of weeks are going to be pretty hectic too as we prepare for this joyous time in our family...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 21 October 2012 )
 
What is your Neo-Monastic Calling? Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, October 14, 2012

Mark 10:17-31
This past week was the Clergy Conference for all the clergy of our diocese here in North Carolina. We gathered together for three days with our bishops. Each year there's a different topic someone presents or facilitates during the retreat. It was three days and was in Winston-Salem, where it's been the last few years...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 October 2012 )
 
God is NowHere Print E-mail

lauren-kilbourn120Rev. Lauren Kilbourn,
Homily, October 7, 2012

Job 1:1:2:1-10
On Friday night I had the opportunity to attend Green Hope High School's homecoming game. What stood out to me while I was at that game was not necessarily the football; they didn't do so hot in that, but it was the band. I was going to insert here a little, "Don't worry Green Hope football fans; I am a Duke football fan so I understand what it means to lose..."

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 07 October 2012 )
 
Visioning Print E-mail

sally_harboldRev. Dr. Sally L. Harbold
Homily, September 30, 2012

I am very very fortunate to have many nieces and nephews with whom I can engage about all manner of things that are going on in their worlds and in my world. And one of the wonderful things for me about being in relationship with young people is that I get to do things I would never ever do otherwise. So a couple of years ago I found myself going to The Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 September 2012 )
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Whoever Wants to be First Must be Last Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, September 23, 2012

Mark 9:30-37
So Jesus is walking with his disciples and he has just shared with them what is to come: suffering, the cross, painting a picture where this journey is leading. It says that they are walking "on the way." Jesus seems to be always "on the way" with his disciples. They arrive at a house and Jesus turns to them and says, "What were you arguing about?"...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 23 September 2012 )
 
If You Can't Say Anything Nice... Print E-mail

lauren-kilbourn120Rev. Lauren Kilbourn,
Homily, September 16, 2012

Proverbs 1:20-33
There is something that many of you may or may not know about being a preacher at St. Paul's. That is at the 9:00 service we only normally have three of the four readings. The preacher is usually the one who gets to choose which reading will be included. Today for the 9:00 service I picked the Proverbs text to be read over the James text...

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Last Updated ( Monday, 17 September 2012 )
 
A Journey to Discover One's True Self Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, September 9, 2012

Mark 7:24-37
I really think that Jesus came to an understanding of who he was as he lived ever more deeply into his life. Jesus was on a journey, just as we are all on a journey. We discover who we are in the midst of that journey. Thomas Merton uses the phrase, "The journey of life is really a journey to discover one's true self."...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 09 September 2012 )
 
Their Hearts are Far from Me Print E-mail

nita-byrd-120Rev. Nita Byrd, Deacon
Homily, September 2, 2012

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Last week it was a joyous occasion to watch so many children and young people come up at the 9:00 and 10:45 services to have their backpacks blessed and get ready to go off to school.  As I watched this I thought, "If I could only stick one book in everyone's backpack..."

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 September 2012 )
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Does This Offend You? Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, August 26, 2012

John 6:59-69
I'm a huge fan of mob movies: Godfather, Goodfellas, Sopranos. I just find there are so many levels to those movies. You may say, "George, are those the kind of movies a priest is supposed to like?" But then you may say, "That's alright, he's from New York."...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 02 September 2012 )
 
I am the Living Bread Print E-mail

candy08Rev. Candace Snively, Deacon
Homily, Aug 19, 2012

John 6:51-58
If you heard Lauren's homily last week, you know how she spoke of the recurring theme of bread that keeps popping up in our Gospels of late. I must admit I have had this overwhelming desire to stand up here and simply say "ditto" to all she said last week and then sit down...

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Last Updated ( Monday, 20 August 2012 )
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Bread Print E-mail

lauren-kilbourn120Rev. Lauren Kilbourn,
Homily, August 12, 2012

I don't know how many of you have been paying attention to the lectionary readings every Sunday over the past couple of weeks, but you might have noticed that in our Gospels we are reading a lot about bread...

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Last Updated ( Friday, 17 August 2012 )
 
Should Jesus be a Religion? Print E-mail

george_adamikRev. George Adamik
Homily, Aug 5, 2012

It has been said that one of the mistakes that the early Christians made was that of turning Jesus into a religion. Religion can mean a lot of different things in our lives. If I were to ask you, "What does that word religion mean?" there could be lots of descriptions...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 05 August 2012 )
 
Is Your Faith Working for You Lately? Print E-mail

sally_harboldRev. Dr. Sally L. Harbold
Homily, July 29, 2012

2 Samuel 11:1-15
Is your faith working for you lately? I mean is it strong? Is it holding up nicely, carrying you through when something unexpected or unwanted happens? Is your faith helping you to understand that everything in life is not that easy?...

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 August 2012 )
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Our Hearts are Restless until they Rest in God Print E-mail

lauren-kilbourn120Rev. Lauren Kilbourn,
Homily, July 22, 2012

A few weeks ago at General Convention Bishop Curry gave a sermon in morning worship. Upon hearing it gave me a big smile and caused me to shout, "Amen" to my computer screen when I was listening to it. (Click here for Bishop Curry's sermon)....

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 July 2012 )
 
God's Inclusiveness Print E-mail

nita-byrd-120Rev. Nita Byrd, Deacon
Homily, Jul 15, 2012

2 Samuel 6:1-5,12b-19
Today our reading from the Old Testament has a vivid description of a celebration as David and all of Israel come into Jerusalem with the ark of the covenant. Now as you may know, the ark of the covenant was believed to be the throne or the seat of God...

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Last Updated ( Monday, 16 July 2012 )
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Failure Print E-mail

candy08Rev. Candace Snively, Deacon
Homily, Jul 8, 2012

Mark 6:1-13
Failure is a word that strikes fear in the heart of everybody. Our society has become so success oriented that we have very little tolerance for failure. How many times have we heard, "Failure is not an option?" ...

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 July 2012 )
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