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Tim's Homilies


Please enjoy homilies from Tim Hall, our lay officiant and preacher.

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Tim Homily - 2024-02-25 (2 Lent B) Deny Yourself Follow Me
  -- With penitent hearts and steadfast faith we can carry the cross wherever Jesus leads us.

Tim Homily - 2024-01-07 (1 Epiphany Year B) Holy Spirit Water
  -- God's spirit moved over the water at creation and through our hearts from our beginning to our earthly end.

Tim Homily - 2023-11-05 (23 Pentecost Year A) All Saints, All the Time
  -- We give thanks for all the saints that have helped to form us..

2023-07-02 (5 Pentecost Year A) Tim Homily - Prophets, Now & Then
  -- .As we strive for racial reconciliation, environmental justice, and creation care, we stand on the shoulder of many prophets and apostles who have gone before us and those who continue to inspire us today.  Although the path may be rocky and the ridicule at times overwhelming, with Jesus all things are possible.

2023-03-26 (5 Lent Year A) Tim Homily - New Life in Jesus
  -- .Jesus understands us. He feels our suffering and pain. He has experienced it himself, in his full humanity. The redeeming message he brings to us...to Nicodemus and Photini and the man born blind...to Mary and Martha and Lazarus is... We have new life in Jesus.

Tim Homily - 2023-01-22 (3 Epiphany Year A) A Great Light
  -- In this season of Epiphany we remember that Jesus shares his light with us... and wants us to share it with each other and the world.

Tim Homily - 2023-01-08 (1 Epiphany Year A) Power in Water
  -- So much more than a cool drink or a hot shower, water is life-giving and life-restoring.  Through it we share in Christ's baptism and his resurrection.

Tim Homily - 2022-11-27 (1 Advent Year A (Lessons & Carols)) Advent Mashup
  -- God desires us… and is forever pleading with us to turn our hearts to him. 

Tim Homily - 2022-09-25 (16 Pent Year C) Loss and Gain
  -- I don’t want to gain the whole world and lose my soul.

Tim Homily - 2022-07-03 (4 Pent Year C) Independence Day
  -- This homily was adapted from one I gave in Alstead Center, New Hampshire 0n 7 July 2019

Tim Homily - 2022-06-05 (Pentecost Sunday Year C) Language and the Holy Spirit
  -- With every breath we take we remember that God blessed us with our lives, our families, our world, and the Holy Spirit, who abides in us.  The peace she gives us is the same peace we must give the world. 

Tim Homily - 2022-05-01 (3 Easter Year C) An Epic of Love
  -- And now, this third week of Easter, the floodgates are open wide.  Jesus is everywhere! 

Tim Homily - 2022-04-03 (5 Lent Year C) Blessed are We
  -- It’s never too late for us to live life anew.  We are blessed in so many ways and will be forever changed when we cherish the good gifts that God has bestowed on us and share this love of Christ, through our words and actions, with those around us, both near and far. 

Tim Homily - 2022-02-06 (5 Epiphany Year C) More Able, No Doubt (With God’s Help)
  -- courtesy of Bishop Desmond Tutu and The Rev. Canon Whitney Rice

Tim Homily - 2021-12-05 (2 Advent Year C (Lessons & Carols)) Waiting
  -- Happy Hanukkah!

Tim Homily - 2021-10-03 (19 Pentecost Year B) October is Job Month
-- That's Job with a long "O"... and a bit of music to boot.

Tim Homily - 2021-07-11 (8 Pentecost Year B) Suffering or Sacrifice

Tim Homily - 2021-03-07 (3 Lent Year B) Good Trouble

Tim Homily - 2020-11-08 (23 Pentecost Year A) Committing to Christ

Tim Homily - 2020-09-20 (16 Pentecost Year A) Unmerited Grace

Tim Homily - 2020-03-01 (1 Lent Year A) Temptation Test

Tim Homily - 2020-01-05 (2 Christmas A) Love Defeats Evil (from STW)

Tim Homily - 2019-11-03 (21 Pent C, Proper 26) Today Salvation Has Come

Tim Homily - 2019-08-04 (8 Pent, Year C, Proper 13) Life's True Treasure

Tim Homily - 2019-07-07 (4 Pent Year C) Independence Day
  -- This homily was written for my guest officiating at the !st Congregational Church in Alstead Center, New Hampshire

Tim Homily - 2019-04-07 (5 Lent Year C) Living Life Anew

Tim Homily - 2019-03-06 (Ash Wednesday) Redemption Song

Tim Homily - 2018-11-04 (24 Pent B, Proper 26) Where's Your Saint Costume

Tim Homily - 2018-10-21 (22 Pent B, Proper 24) Attention

Tim Homily - 2018-09-30 (19 Pent B, Proper 21) Healing Power

Tim Homily - 2018-07-15 (8 Pent B, Proper 10) A Truly Royal Family

Tim Homily - 2018-06-17 (4 Pent B, Proper 6) Be Faithful, Keep Planting

Tim Homily - 2018-04-15 (3 Easter B) Learning from Thomas - No doubt

Tim Homily - 2018-03-18 (5 Lent Year B) Melchizedek Again

4 March 2018 (3 Lent, Year B), "Journey Home", by Tim Hall
  --  Our spiritual journey may take us through the wilderness but leads, if we stay the course, to the Promised Land.

7 January 2018 (1 Epiphany, Year B), "The True Nature of Light", by Tim Hall
  --  By our baptism in the name of Lord Jesus, God wants Jesus’ light to shine through us.

17 December 2017 (3 Advent, Year B), "Advent Stories", by Tim Hall
  --  "People, look East and sing today, Love the Lord is on the way."

19 November 2017 (24 Pentecost, Year A), "Giving Thanks", by Tim Hall
  --  A homily for Thanksgiving and our annual Community Harvest Luncheon.

15 October 2017 (19 Pentecost, Year A), "Will you come?", by Tim Hall
  --  God himself has prepared a feast for us.  Will you come"  Or are you too busy?

30 July 2017 (8 Pentecost, Year A), "Horticulture for our Souls", by Tim Hall
  --  Good Shepherd is a small church.  A mustard seed among churches.  But we will never know what wonderful flowering may be in store for us unless we heed the advice of the many horticultural parables Jesus shared.

23 July 2017 (7 Pentecost, Year A), "Wheat or Weeds?", by Tim Hall 
  -- We need to ask the Lord to use us in ways we may not know or understand to further his Kingdom.

16 July 2017 (6 Pentecost, Year A), "Spirit-filled Soul Soil", by Tim Hall 
  --  “Listen!  Let anyone with ears listen!”  Did you notice the explanation marks?  Jesus is telling his disciples and us important stuff.  And he's imploring us to listen. 

2 July 2017 (4 Pentecost, Year A), "Welcoming Others, Welcoming God", by Tim Hall
  --  Abraham’s faith is profoundly challenged in this morning’s reading from Genesis.

18 June 2017 (2 Pentecost, Year A), "Echo of the Trinity", by Tim Hall 
  -- Like Abraham, we must look for God in all people and act accordingly. Be brave, show compassion, have faith, keep trying.

19 Mar 2017 (3 Lent, Year A), "Is the Lord Among Us?", by Tim Hall

5 Mar 2017  (1 Lent, Year A) "Creation Rediscovered", by Tim Hall

19 Feb 2017 (7 Epiphany, Year A) "Jesus the Radical", by Tim Hall

4 Dec 2016 (2 Advent, Year A) "Comfort in Little Lent", by Tim Hall
  --  A short homily for Lessons & Carols


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