Sermons by Vicar Alex Aivars

Sermons by Vicar Alex Aivars

Feast of Mary, Mother of God

We’ve done something a little different today with the Gospel. Instead of me reading the text, we have had some lovely singer’s sing the text. This is because the text for today is thought to have been sung by Mary. We know this because it models almost exactly a song in the Old Testament called the “Song of Hannah.”…

Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

I always love when Biblical themes show up in pop music. This is the case with a song by 30 Seconds to Mars called “Walk on Water.” The refrain of the song is “Do you believe that you can walk on water? Do you believe that you can win this fight tonight?” Later on in the song the phrase “Do you believe” is repeated over and over again. The references to belief and in particular to Jesus are unmistakable. This song written in 2017 harkens back almost 2000 years to what Jesus does in our passage for today…

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

The events described in our text for today is not for the faint of heart. I mean, let’s be honest, it’s a little gruesome, actually. It might seem more like a tale from a Stephen King novel than from the Bible. It raises a lot of questions for me. Why did Herod like to listen to John? What was the dance Herodias danced, that could sway her step-father so? Why did Herod follow through on his step-daughter’s request? How exactly was John’s head presented to Herod?  Was there decorative lettuce and a tomato cherry next to John’s head?…
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