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Christ Episcopal Church  ~  111 N 9th St (Ninth and Main)  ~  La Crosse, Wisconsin  54601 ~  608-784-0697  ~   info@ceclax.org

     
 
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The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, July 2, 2017
Christ Episcopal Church, La Crosse, Wisconsin
The Very Rev. Canon Patrick P. Augustine, D.Min. DD., Rector

Genesis 22:1-14, Psalm 13, Romans 6: 12-23, Matthew 10: 40-42

Pre 2016 Sermons Lists at bottom of page

ABRAHAM – A MAN OF DEEP FAITH

This week our nation celebrates Independence Day – July the fourth. This year we celebrate our nation’s birth on the 241st anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all ‘men’ are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

On this day, we give thanks to God for the inestimable blessings of religious and civil liberties we all enjoy. We, also, need to remember that our role as Christians is not to be simply endorsers of all that government does. We are to be the moral vision that salts the nation but does not endorse its actions whole-heartedly just because the government provides the freedom to do so. We remember our nation in our prayers and ask God’s guidance for those who lead us. May God bless America!

For the last two Sundays, we have been hearing readings from the book of Genesis about Abraham. Abraham is a man of deep faith who surrenders his will to obey God. The story of Abraham and his family have, of course, been given significant consideration by the Jews, Christians and Muslims known as the Abrahamic faith communities. Abraham should be a uniting factor among Jews, Christians and Muslims but, on the contrary, it has caused divisions and turf wars.....Read More

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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, June 25, 2017
Christ Episcopal Church, La Crosse, Wisconsin
The Rev. Canon Patrick P. Augustine, Rector

Matthew 10: 24-39

The Cost of Discipleship

This week and for the next two weeks, the important theological theme of discipleship emerges in Matthew. The difficulty in preaching today’s text is not the complexity of its concept, but the seeming disconnect between the palpable threats of the world it displays and the “safe” world most of us inhabit.

Following Jesus means a life on the move, a life risking one's security - both physical and emotional - for the sake of the Gospel. The Christian refugees from Syria, Iraq, Sudan and Pakistan can read this text this morning and say it is about them. When in the early church this Gospel was being shared, the disciples of Jesus were aware of the persecution, opposition and difficulties in following Jesus. It is important to note that discipleship includes daily learning through our association with Jesus through a study of Holy Scripture, prayer and worship.
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Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany, February 19, 2017
Christ Episcopal Church, La Crosse, Wisconsin
The Rev. Canon Patrick P. Augustine, D.Min. DD., Rector

Leviticus 19: 1, 2, 9-18, 1 Corinthian 3: 10, 11, 16-23, Psalm 119: 33-40, Matthew 5: 38-48

What does it mean to be Holy?

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy for I, the Lord your God, am holy.”

I always find it hard for me to think myself holy. It is easy for me to say that I am a sinner in need of God’s grace. Every time I approach the Holy Altar to celebrate Holy Communion at the time of ablution. I say a prayer while I wash my hands, “Holy God, have mercy on me a sinner. Wash me with the blood of Christ to make me whole and holy to stand worthily in the presence of Holy God. Have mercy on me a sinner.” What do you think it means to be holy?” Would you consider it a compliment or insult if somebody called you holy?

In popular culture the word holy is used in different ways. For example if you find somebody is exhibiting spiritual tendencies you may call that person a Holy Roller, or a Holy Joe, or holier than thou. It all depends in what context one is labeling, as it can be an insult or compliment. Many times the church leaders with honorable titles, and televangelists with passionate altar calls who are portraying holier than thou have failed terribly to live up to the mark. In spite of our human failings we still are called by God to strive to be holy as the psalmist prays:   Read More

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February 11, 2017
The Requiem Eucharist to Celebrate John W. Hayden’s Life
The Very Rev. Canon Patrick P. Augustine, D.Min., DD., Rector
Christ Episcopal Church, La Crosse, Wisconsin

Lamentation 3: 22-26, 31, 33, Psalm 104: 25-37, 2
Corinthian 4:16-5:9, John 14: 1-7

Last Sunday after 10:30 a.m. service we were downstairs sipping coffee and enjoying our gathering. Chip Hayden came to tell us his father had just died. A hush fell over that large room as we realized our parish had lost a dear and faithful parishioner. I heard Dr. Sig Gundersen say: “He was a Phenomenal Man....Read More

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Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, February 5, 2017
Christ Episcopal Church, La Crosse, Wisconsin
The Very Rev. Canon Patrick P. Augustine, D.Min. D.D., Rector

Matthew 5: 13-20  

IMPACT

February 13th TIME magazine has an article “It all looks as if the world is preparing for war” written by Mikhail Gorbachev, former leader of the Soviet Union. Terrorism and wars have created such chaos that millions of refugees are seeking a home. He writes:

The current situation is too dangerous. More troops, tanks and armored personnel carriers are being brought to Europe. While state budgets are struggling to find people’s essential social needs, military spending is growing. It all looks as if the world is preparing for war.” Wow! We live in a complex and difficult world.....Read More

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