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.

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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Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord – Br. James Koester

Jan 11, 2004

(this sermon was preached at the baptism of Sarah Rose Maarten-Hidalgo) Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 Rose, I want to begin this morning by putting you on the spot. It is not that I want to embarrass you, but I do want to say thank you. Thank you Rose! Thank you Rose, for what you are doing…

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The Epiphany – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Jan 6, 2004

“Wise men from the East came to Jerusalem where ‘he who has been born king of the Jews’. We have seen his star in the East and have come to worship him.” So Matthew, alone among the Gospel writers, records that extraordinary visit of the wise men, which we celebrate today. Epiphany. Support SSJE Please…

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Sermon for Christmas 2 – Br. David Allen

Jan 4, 2004

Matthew 2:13-23 In today’s Gospel reading we heard the words, “An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream,” three times. The first time those words occurred was while Joseph was still in Bethlehem soon after the wise men from the East had left to return to their own country by another road…

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Christmas Day – Br. James Koester

Dec 25, 2003

Hebrews 1:1-12 John 1:1-14 If you have paid close attention you may have noticed that something is missing this morning, or perhaps I should say, someone is missing, and you would be right. We have all been waiting a long time for his arrival, and suddenly the day has come, and there is no sign…

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Waiting in the Dark – Br. Curtis Almquist

Dec 24, 2003

Luke 2:1-20 In the beginning, for all of us, we were enwombed in darkness. And though some chil­dren, as they grow up – perhaps even some of us here – learned to be afraid of the dark and of “things that go bump in the night,” our experience of life begins in the safety and…

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Advent IV – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Dec 20, 2003

“My soul doth magnify the Lord – my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden. From henceforth, shall all generations call me blessed.” The great song of praise which Mary poured forth, which we know as the Magnificat. Mary says all generations shall call me blessed…

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Called to Be Who We Are – Br. David Vryhof

Dec 2, 2003

The Feast of Saint Andrew Matthew 4:18-22, John 1:35-42 “The trouble with the idea of vocation,” writes Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, “is that most of us, if we are honest, have a rather dramatic idea of it.” We tend to think of it as God finding us a part to play in the ongoing…

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