November 25, 2020 – Give Thanks

Good evening, and welcome to the Thanksgiving Eve streaming service of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross in Dunn Loring, Virginia. You may have learned in school that Abraham Lincoln was the first American president to call for a day of Thanksgiving as a national observance. Not true. Lincoln established the continuing tradition of […]

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November 15, 2020 – Taking a Risk

You know, this year—2020—has made us aware of things that we haven’t considered much in the past. I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly more aware of my own health. I feel less confident about the future than I did a year ago, both for myself and for our nation. And I reflect on […]

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Good morning. Welcome to those who have gathered this morning for socially-distanced worship here at the Church of the Holy Cross. And welcome to those worshiping with us online. Today’s Gospel reading from Matthew Chapter 22 contains what may be the most well-known passage in the New Testament.[1] Verse 39: “You shall love your neighbor […]

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Good Morning. Welcome to Holy Cross’ video streamed March 15 service. If you are not a parishioner and are wondering what this video feed is about, all Episcopal churches in the Washington DC area are closed for two weeks because of the corona virus. So, we are streaming this service for our parishioners. But if […]

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October 6, 2019 A Smidgen of Faith

Good morning. Today I want to talk about two topics raised by this morning’s Gospel reading. The first topic is the question, “How can I find the strength to do all the things God has called on me to do?” And the second question flows from the first, “Can I actually make a difference?” You […]

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August 25, 2019 Don’t Wait to Be Asked

Good morning. I’m glad to see everyone here in the congregation this morning. Especially because weather in Washington this week was brutal. It reminds me of the old joke that the motto of the Washington Chamber of Commerce is: “Come for the traffic—you’ll stay for the humidity.” Today’s Gospel reading has been the subject of […]

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May 19, 2019 A Saint Like You and Me

Good morning. First thought: today’s Gospel reading from John may be one of the most important messages in the Bible on Christian daily living. Second thought: if one wants to think about the application of scripture to life today, it really helps to have an example. So, this morning, I want to talk about seeing […]

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Good morning. When a layperson is invited to preach, I think the congregation expects two things: announce the big idea up front, and get to the point quickly. So, first, the big idea. As 1st Corinthians states, and as you can read throughout the New Testament, a big idea is that we have, each of […]

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