Sermons by Rev. Javier Almendárez-Bautista
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
Earlier this week I bought plane tickets to go visit my parents in Portland Oregon. I am excited to see my family here soon. One of the things I miss about my parents’ home is a minor, insignificant thing … the smell of fresh-brewed coffee….
Rev. Javier A. Bautista discusses Luke 16:1-13: “When I think of the wonder of the world God created in abundance, and I compare it to the world I encounter in the gospel today, a world of seeming scarcity, of being wily with resources, I’m taken aback a little bit. There’s a marked contrast between the faithful stewards of creation, the intended purpose for humankind, and the dishonest manager we meet in our story today.”View Sermon
Luke 14:1, 7-14
George Washington, one of the founding fathers and the first president of the United States, transcribed a little book as a school exercise sometime before he was 16 years old. It is entitled Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation … The gospel today sounds a little like Washington’s rules. It reads like a lesson in table manners… but there’s something more at stake here.
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16; Luke 12:32-40
About a week ago, I met up with a group from St. Paul’s, right in front of this church, and we hopped onto a 15-passenger van and headed down to Newton Grove. We visited the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry…
Colossians 1:15-28; Luke 10:38-42
I moved to a new home a few weeks ago … I know that I’m settling into a new place to call home when I put up a picture frame on the wall … and I have this icon … It’s this beautiful picture of Jesus standing there in colorful robes at the moment of creation …. It’s a beautiful vision of the created order in its right place, of things redeemed, reconciled, living in harmony … I’ve been looking at other icons of sorts this past week — images in the news — and these images tempt me to say, “so much for mystic visions of a redeemed world…”