Posts tagged “Peace

Prayer Vigil for Peace in Alexandria

Posted on June 14th, 2017

  Prayer Vigil for Peace Psalm 120 June 14, A+D 2017 A service held the day when five were shot at a practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game. “I cry to you for help, and you do not answer me.” These are the words of Job to God. “I cry to you for help, and you do not answer me.” They are the words we feel when terrible things happen. Whether it’s the horrible shooting today, or the unexpected tragedy, or the death of someone we love – where is God? What is His answer? Why is He silent? “I cry to you for help, and you do not answer me.” At times, it seems God Himself is the author of our troubles.…

Quasimodo Geniti 2014

Posted on May 13th, 2014

There is an old Latin proverb: “If you want peace, prepare for war.” In a fallen, sinful, violent world, that is good advice for the governmental authorities. But the church, as church, does not prepare for a coming war. Instead, we look at the war’s conclusion. The token and symbol of the war’s end hangs above the altar. There, in the crucified body of Jesus, we see the end of the war. On Good Friday, the whole service changes after the Lenten veil covering the crucifix is removed. Then the song of triumph rang out: Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle, sing, the ending of the fray. The war is concluded; Christ on the cross has conquered all our foes: Satan, death, sin. That…

Sermon for a Day of Supplication and Prayer on the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11

Posted on September 12th, 2011

“When nineteen jihadist hijackers slammed two airplanes into the World Trade Center towers and another into the Pentagon ten years ago, they saw themselves as heroes of an apocalyptic holy war” (Peter Leithart). Ten years later, wars still rage: Afghanistan and Iraq seem very far away, until you visit a military hospital and see the men missing legs and arms and fingers, who will never be the same. Wars of words also rage, as atheists blame religion of every stripe for all the world’s ills. It’s important for us to recognize that we are at war. The war is not with Islam, nor any nation or terrorist group. The war is not with the atheists, or secular humanists. The war is not with the…