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.

Easter Vigil 2004 – Br. Curtis Almquist

Apr 11, 2004

Matthew 28:1-10 Almost a century ago James Joyce wrote that “history is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.” [i] So many people in this world, throughout this last century, would understand those words – “history is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake” – and we know it is true…

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Lent 5 – Br. James Koester

Mar 28, 2004

Philippians 3:8-14 There has been a lot of talk recently, and a huge amount of press over the last several months, about Mel Gibson’s movie The Passion of The Christ. It seems to me that it will become almost impossible this Holy Week not to make some sort of reference or allusion to the movie.…

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Remembrance – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Mar 15, 2004

God said to Moses, “I am who I am. I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. This is my name for ever, and thus am I to be remembered throughout all generations.” (Genesis 3: 1-15 R.S.V.) Remember! This is one of the strongest exhortations, running throughout both…

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God, The Center of Our Life and Love – Br. Curtis Almquist

Mar 7, 2004

Psalm 27 I entered the Episcopal Church as a young college student. At the time, the Vietnam War, with all its passions and protests and confusions, was raging. Something brand new, called “free love,” had been amazingly discovered by 20 year-olds or so, whom I very much looked up to. Support SSJE Please support the…

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Forgive us our debts

Mar 2, 2004

Matthew 6:7-15 In his book, How to Forgive, John Monbourquette ( Cincinnati , OH : St Anthony Messenger Press, 2000) tells the story of a missionary who had dedicated himself, heart and soul, to the evangelization of his adopted people. But not everyone appreciated his methods; some even misrepresented them and spoke disparagingly of him…

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On the Mystery and Practice of Intercession – Br. James Koester

Feb 17, 2004

If you have ever taken a preaching course, you were probably, as I was, taught fairly early on that good liturgical preaching is based on the assigned texts that are proclaimed in the liturgy. Preaching a sermon that it unrelated to the texts is not only frowned on, but also actively discouraged. Support SSJE Please…

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We Are Blessed, and We Are a Blessing – Br. Curtis Almquist

Feb 15, 2004

Luke 6:17-26 [Jesus] came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled…

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The Upside-Down Kingdom – Br. David Vryhof

Feb 15, 2004

Offered at St. Paul’s Church, Greenville, NC Luke 6:17-26 The most predictable thing about the ministry of Jesus was its unpredictability ! Jesus seldom acted in the ways people expected him to act. He bypassed the respectable and the “righteous,” preferring the company of “tax collectors and sinners.” He openly violated the religious standards of…

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Candlemas – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Feb 1, 2004

Luke 2:22-40 Today is Candlemas and it is a feast I am very fond of. But then, I really like candles. I remember as a young child, we lived in the country, and we were always having power-cuts. It was so exciting to slowly walk upstairs to bed carrying a candle, and then, tucked up…

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Rooted in Love – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jan 25, 2004

Song of Solomon 8:5-7 Psalm 16:5-11 Ephesians 3:14-21 John 21:15-18 I’d like to say something about roots. I’m speaking here the language of botany: the root structure of flowers, and plants, and trees. But first of all I have to offer something of a disclaimer. I am not a gardener. Support SSJE Please support the…

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