Sermon Transcripts

  • August 19, 2017 • Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

    Kristin Wickersham

    Matthew 15:10-28 Then he called the crowd to him and said to them, “Listen and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.” Then the disciples approached and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they […]

  • April 20, 2017 • A Good Friday


  • July 22, 2016 • Pentecost 9

    The Rev. Caroline Smith Parkinson

    O God, make the door of this house wide enough to receive all who need human love and fellowship; narrow enough to shut out all envy pride and strife, Make its threshold smooth enough to be no stumbling block to children nor straying feet, but rugged and strong enough to turn back the tempter’s power. […]

  • June 30, 2016 • Pentecost 6

    The Rev. Caroline Smith Parkinson

    The images keep being replayed on television, in the newspapers, online, and in my head. They are of violence brought on by hatred, bigotry, loss of identity and fear. The heartbreaking event in Orlando last Sunday morning can’t help but to bring to mind so many other random acts of violence we have witnessed and […]

  • Easter 6

    The Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith

    The wonderful preacher Fred Craddock once told a story about a lecture he gave at a seminary on the west coast. Just before his first talk, one of the students stood up and said, “Before you speak, I need to know if you are Pentecostal.” The room quickly grew silent. Craddock said he looked around […]

  • Easter 5

    The Rev. Dr. Robert Friend

    LOVE ONE ANOTHER The renowned poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born on March 6, 1806, in Durham, England. One of her most famous works is, “Sonnets from the Portugese” which is a declaration of love for her husband, Robert Browning who, because of her complexion, called her his little “Portugese”. It goes like this How […]

  • April 7, 2016 • Easter Sunday Sermon

    The Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith

    Easter Sunday March 27, 2016 St. James’s Episcopal Church Welcome! We are so glad you are here with is today. Whether this is your first time at St. James’s or you come every Sunday, welcome. We are so glad you are here to celebrate the most joyful day in the Christian year. There is a […]

  • September 13, 2015 • Proper 19

    The Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith

    Well hello, St. James’s. It’s great to see all of you and great to be back together as our 9:00 family. I hope you all have had a wonderful summer. I know that I have. In fact, I want to tell you a story about something that happened to Melissa and me near the end […]

  • June 28, 2015 • Pentecost 5 – Year B

    The Rev. Hilary Streever

    Good morning! As most of you know by now, I am Hilary Streever, your new associate rector, and I am delighted to be here. Today is the first time I have stood in a pulpit since Pentecost Sunday, and boy does it feel good. My husband David and I moved to Richmond in early June […]

  • June 14, 2015 • Pentecost 3 – Year B

    The Rev. Mark Cooper

    A couple of weeks ago I had an opportunity to travel down to the mountains of North Carolina for a writer’s retreat provided by the Sun Magazine that is published in North Carolina. A beautiful setting, excellent teachers. On the first night after all the introductions each of those who would lead classes the next […]

  • April 12, 2015 • Easter 2 – Year B

    The Rev. Mark Cooper

    So here we are on Low Sunday. We moved through the building tension of Lent, interrupted with the Dylan Mass, then into Holy Week, finally to the explosion of Easter. The music, the flowers, exceptional worship on every level. Now we settle into the Sundays that follow. In past years and in other churches it […]

  • April 3, 2015 • Good Friday – Year B

    The Rev. Mark Cooper

    The Gospel reading for today is breath taking. As it is read we hear the unfolding of the steps from a moment in a garden with friends to the road that takes us to the cross. John lays it out step by step, moment by moment. First there is Judas. He betrays Jesus. He leads […]

  • March 15, 2015 • Lent 4 – Year B

    And this is the judgement, “the light has come into the world.”(John 3:19) I love reading the gospel of John more than reading the synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke because, for me, I sense a very deep compassion in how it was written. A 16th century protestant reformer once said, “While the synoptic […]

  • March 8, 2015 • Lent 3 – Year B

    The Rev. Mark Cooper

    “Knock, knock, knocking on heaven’s door. The times, they are a-changin” (literally today!!!) “Well, I’m pressing on yes, I’m pressing on Well, I’m pressing on to the higher calling of my Lord” If your feet aren’t tapping, your fingers snapping, then, hang on. The offertory yet to come is entitled “Tell me, when we gonna […]

  • March 1, 2015 • Lent 2 – Year B

    The Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith

    There’s a story going around about the CEO of a large company who was traveling with his wife one day when he noticed his car was low on gas. Pulling into the first gas station he saw, he began to fill his tank while his wife went inside to buy a soda. After several minutes […]