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Sermon Audio: The Apocalypse of George Bailey

10 Dec 2017 | 0 comments

Year B Advent 2 2 Peter 3:8-15 Yearning for Jesus’ return helps us live lives of transformation here and now.

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Sermon Audio: You are More Than You Have Become

03 Dec 2017 | 0 comments

Year B Advent 1 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 The essence of repentance isn’t “feeling bad” but but bringing our hearts and minds back to who we are in Christ.

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Sermon Audio: Survival Skill – Thankfulness

23 Nov 2017 | 0 comments

 Year A Thanksgiving Day Deuteronomy 8:7-18 and Luke 17:11-19 Saying “thank you” isn’t for God’s benefit, it’s for our benefit  

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Sermon Audio: Angry Face or Full of Grace?

19 Nov 2017 | 0 comments

Year A Proper 28 Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18 and Matthew 25:14-30 “the constructive displeasure of mercy”

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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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