We believe passionately that God has given us a mission: to draw others to know and experience in their lives the love of God in Christ. Sharing this “Good News” is at the center of our call and our life. In our chapels and retreat houses, and our online teachings, we hope to offer a still point in the midst of the chaos of contemporary life. We hope that as you explore these pages, you’ll find “Good News” that will help you live authentically, responsive to God’s call of love.

Zaccheus, Come Down! – Br. David Vryhof

Nov 4, 2007

Luke 19:1-10 As a child, I learned a song about Zaccheus.  I won’t sing it for you, but the words went like this: “Zaccheus was a wee little man; a wee little man was he. He climbed up in a sycamore tree, for the Lord he wanted to see…” The fascination of the story for…

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Presumptuous Sins – Br. Curtis Almquist

Oct 26, 2007

Romans 7:18-25a Psalm 19:7-14 In the psalm appointed for today there is a phrase which, in my ears, has a certain poignancy.  The psalmist prays, “Keep your servant from presumptuous sins”i, also translated, “keep your servant from being insolent.”ii Insolent, from the Latin, īnsolentem, meaning “arrogant,” which is an unwarranted pride or self-importance; a haughtiness:…

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Saint James of Jerusalem – Br. Curtis Almquist

Oct 23, 2007

1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Matthew 13:54-58 We remember today a follower of Christ, a certain James of Jerusalem, but our memory fails us.  We are not completely sure who this James is.  In the Gospel according to Matthew, we hear that James is called Jesus’ brother.  The same is true in Saint Paul’s Letter to the…

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Jacob's Wrestling with God – Br. Curtis Almquist

Oct 21, 2007

Pentecost XIX Genesis 32:22-32 The same night [Jacob] got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until…

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Oct 7, 2007

A sermon preached at St John’s Cathedral, Jacksonville FL based on II Timothy 1:1-14 and Luke 17:5-10 My Brother and I would like to express our thanks for your invitation to us to be with you this weekend, and for the warm and gracious welcome we have received. We’re delighted to be here. Every year…

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Healing Service for Members of the Armed Services and Their Loved Ones – Br. Curtis Almquist

Oct 6, 2007

Isaiah 61:1-3 This lesson comes from the writings of the Prophet Isaiah, and Jesus was very familiar with this passage.  We know this because one day Jesus went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom.  He was handed a scroll of the scriptures – it was actually this Isaiah passage which…

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Four Aces – Br. Mark Brown

Oct 2, 2007

Zech. 8:20-23; Psalm 87; Luke 9:51-56 This evening we’ve been dealt four aces.  The reading from the Hebrew Scriptures is about Jerusalem.  The Psalm we heard is about Jerusalem.  The Gospel is about Jerusalem.  And next week I’m going to Jerusalem.  So it looks like we are to reflect on the Gospel through the lens…

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Angels Dance, Angels Cry – Br. Mark Brown

Sep 29, 2007

Feast of St. Michael and All Angels In my own reflections on life I am increasingly struck by the fact that there is something and not nothing.  And that what is is so magnificent.  Today we celebrate the feast of St. Michael and All Angels. Which, among other things, serves to remind us that there…

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Pearl of Great Price – Br. Curtis Almquist

Sep 25, 2007

Matthew 13:45-52 ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.  ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; when…

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Stewards of God's Gifts – Br. David Vryhof

Sep 23, 2007

A sermon based on Luke 16:1-13 It was a time in which “money was becoming more than simply a social convention, a medium of economic exchange.  People were beginning to pursue money as a primary goal; and the amount of money one acquired determined one’s status in the community.”i So author Donald Spoto describes the…

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