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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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Father Hastings’ Sermon at Ordination 11/7/15

09 Nov 2015 | 0 comments

Abington Baptist Church Ordination Mark McDowell 11/4/15 Thank you, Alex.  And thank you, Mark, for asking me to participate in your ordination. I want to tell you about three versions of Jesus observable in the church these days: the pick and choose Jesus; the Liberal or Conservative Jesus. And, finally there is the real Jesus. […]

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19 Oct 2015 | 0 comments

P.R.A.Y. Pray with God’s Word Prayer is communication and contact with God. Read a specific verse or passage of the Bible. Let the Lord speak into a specific area, relationship, challenge of your life. He encourages, convinces and guides by way of a very particular “word” for you. It is characterized by simplicity. The experience […]

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