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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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Interfaith Prayer Peace Vigil- August 27, 2017
SERMON: REPENTACE, RECONCILIATION, and HEALING
Christ Episcopal Church, La Crosse, Wisconsin
The Very Rev. Canon Patrick P. Augustine, D.Min. DD.

Pre 2016 Sermons Lists at bottom of page

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Prayer at Anti Racism Prayer Vigiel  

We gather here in this house of prayer as brothers and sisters from many church denominations as inter-faith community to pray, repent from the sin of racism and seeking healing and reconciliation among all God’s people in our nation. It reminds me the impact of Christianity seeking justice, freedom and dignity for fellow human beings through the work of William Wilberforce, the power behind the abolition of slavery in the British Empire in the year 1807.  Wilberforce was elected to parliament in 1780 at the age of twenty-one.  Wilberforce as a disciple of Christ and human rights activists was greatly influenced by the witness of the converted former slave trader John Newton (author of Amazing Grace hymn), began his long campaign against slavery.  His Bill to discuss abolition of slavery was introduced in the British House of Commons in 1789.  It was defeated in 1798, 1799, 1800 and 1801.  It was not until February 4, 1807, that the abolition document finally passed the House of Lord, and not until February 22, 1807, that it passed the Commons.  Nineteen years had gone by.  Men had grown old in the cause.  Some had died.  Yet when news of the abolition of the slave trade reached Wilberforce late on the evening of February 22, the reformer looked into the face of his old friend and fellow abolitionist Henry Thorton and said, “Well, Henry, what shall we abolish next? James Montgomery Boice, Nehemiah,BakerBooks. 2006. P.88.  Read More

  

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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

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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