Sermons delivered at The Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, Mill Valley, California: A welcoming community for those seeking to deepen their relationship with God, and to journey in faith with God's people through the breaking of bread and in service to others, in Christ's name.
On not becoming a Goat
(Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King - The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer) The language of kingship in the Gospel collides with our worldly understanding of status and power. How we live into that teaching provides us with road map for the new Christian year.
A Parable of Dissatisfaction
(The Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost - The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer) As Zephaniah offers a dark accounting to our natural complacency, Matthew delivers the famous “parable of the talents” accompanied by a profoundly dissatisfying interpretive tradition. Buried deep in its history is another, possibly earlier, telling of this story, which leads us to the importance of listening not only to this teaching with fresh ears, but to our dissatisfaction. Things may not be what they seem; and things are certainly not as they ought to be!
Our North Star
(Feast Day of Herman of Alaska - The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer) Herman of Alaska's unwavering humility and clear-eyed faith brought Christ's light, wisdom, and hope to a people at the harshest margins of human society.
The Lesson of Ammonius
(Feast Day of Ammonius, Hermit - The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer) The vivid and shocking story of Ammonius reminds us of the critical importance of listening prayerfully -- to one another, to our own hearts, and to the voice of the Spirit -- when it comes to Christian vocation.
The Thin Place of Time
(All Saints' Sunday - The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer) While we often reflect on the rich and deep history of our faith tradition, in the larger global and cosmic span of history, our faith journey as God's people has only just begun.
The Witness of Widows
(The Feast Day of Tabitha of Joppa - The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer) The raising of Tabitha of Joppa underscores the critical importance of the life of widows in the Church -- a distinct place in the ongoing life of our congregations and ministries that continues on for twenty centuries, right down to the present day.