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Jesus and the Canaanite Woman Sermon by Fr. Winston T. Smith

22 Aug 2017 | 0 comments

Year A, Proper 15, Jesus and the Canaanite Woman Most of you probably don’t know it, but standing before you is the president of the North Mecklenburg High School Chess Club. In 10th grade, my very first year of high school, I noticed that it was suddenly very important to belong to some kind of […]

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Learning to cry “Abba! Father!” Sermon by Fr. Winston T. Smith

25 Jul 2017 | 0 comments

Year A, Proper 11, Romans 8 Learning to cry “Abba! Father!” Several years ago my mother gave me an old grade school spelling book that belonged to her mother published back in 1900. In looking through it I was interested to see that it wasn’t just used to teach children to spell but to teach […]

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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Sermon by Fr. Winston T. Smith

06 Jul 2017 | 0 comments

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Matthew 10:40-42 Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward […]

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Ash Wednesday Sermon by Fr. Winston T. Smith

02 Mar 2017 | 0 comments

When I was a boy growing up in rural North Carolina we had a fairly large vegetable garden. It was probably as large as the nave here at St Anne’s. We grew all kinds of fruits and vegetables in it – tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, peas, green beans, even watermelons, and quite a few rows of […]

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Nov 3, 2016 Serman at Fr. Hastings Funeral

24 Jan 2017 | 0 comments

A Funeral Sermon for the Rev. Brewster Hastings by the Rev. Mark Ainsworth.        Preached at St. Anne’s Church on November 3rd 2016.        On the front of your leaflet is a classic picture of Brewster that momentarily captures his winsome and sparkling character. There are also two dates. Every year […]

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Sermon – September 4, 2016

08 Sep 2016 | 0 comments

“I was not born to be free–I was born to adore and obey.” – C. S. Lewis This morning’s lessons are abrasive. They are abrasive like sandpaper you buy at Home Depot to use in prepping a wall to paint. Sandpaper is available in increasing grades of grit: extra fine to fine to medium to […]

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Sermon, August 29, 2016 – Jesus is present in the teachable moments of your day.

29 Aug 2016 | 0 comments

Dear Friend, Here is the sermon from Sunday’s liturgies. God bless your week! Father Hastings ***************************************************************************************************   “…when the heart is in deep, serious, solemn, prayerful meditation; when the heart is beating in accord with other loyal hearts, in sweetness of fellowship, in the sacredness of the Lord’s day, with the holy sentiment of sacred […]

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The Psychophysiology of The Jesus Prayer

19 Jan 2016 | 0 comments

The Psychophysiology of The Jesus Prayer by Dr. Charles Zeiders from the Web Site As a psychologist and practicing Anglo-Catholic, I sometimes prescribe the Jesus Prayer as a psychological and behavioral treatment for Christian patients who suffer from various types of nervous exhaustion. The Jesus Prayer The Jesus Prayer is among the great repetitive […]

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A Parable

19 Jan 2016 | 0 comments

A Parable A young priest visits an old priest recently retired from serving over 50 years in the mission field overseas.  The young priest asks, “Father, I know the Lord wants us to make disciples. How do I do this?”  The old priest ponders.  He seems to review in his mind the decades of sacrifice […]

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Father Hastings’ Sermon, Advent I

30 Nov 2015 | 0 comments

Saint Anne’s Church, 11/29/15, Advent I,   Mark Twain is a great American writer. He also is an astute observer of the human condition. He skillfully packaged an insight into a sentence or two. One of my favorites goes like this.   “History may not repeat itself but it sure does rhyme.” Let that sink in […]

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