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The following is the sermon text from Pastor Staneck’s 11pm Christmas Eve sermon: Grace, mercy, and peace be to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! Our memories are funny. Studies on human memory highlight that for the vast majority of us, we do not recall past […]

Christmas Eve 11pm Sermon


From The Lantern 8/18/2015 “The spiritual life is a willingness to come to the feast.” Bishop-elect Robert Barron (Los Angeles Diocese). John 6 is a rich text with many references–explicit and implicit alike–to feasting. It should not come as a surprise that at the beginning of the chapter Jesus has […]

The Feast of Faith


This post is adapted from a post on the Easter Vigil from last year.   I thought it might be helpful to offer a few words on the Easter Vigil. Firstly, what is the Easter Vigil? Wikipedia proves helpful:   Easter Vigil, also called the Paschal Vigil or the Great […]

The Great Vigil of Easter




From The Lantern: This is a question that people in the church have been debating for some time. At the seminary we spent significant time on identifying what a member of a local church is and also what a member looks like. This is a very important question, especially for […]

What Is a Member?




Originally posted in True Light’s e-newsletter, The Lantern. Are you someone who serves, or do you look to be served? I think this is a question everyone in a local parish should ask of themselves. There is a certain aspect of the local parish which is necessarily about receiving–namely our […]

Serve, or be served?


Here is Pastor Staneck’s sermon from Sunday, May 25th! In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. So, here are Jesus’ disciples listening to Jesus himself speak of a time when he will not be with them like he is at present. […]

Easter 6 Sermon