Preaching and Teaching

Ascending and Descending from the Mountains

Transfiguration- Ms. Kayla Aspeslagh Transforming God, stir our hearts and minds and let these words be yours. Amen. Mount Tabor is the site said to be the location of the Transfiguration of Jesus. While I have never been there, this Colorado girl is all about the mountains and their magnificence. Mountains are particular and poignant. […]

Let Go!

Epiphany 7C – Fr. J. Devin Rodgers Recently I’ve been interested in the work of poet Diego Perez. He writes behind the pen name “Yung Pueblo” or “Young People” a literary nod to his Latin American roots and a reminder that humanity in the grand scheme of the whole of Creation is quite young and […]

Hallelujah in the Streets

Epiphany 6C- Fr. J. Devin Rodgers “The kingdom of this world Is become the kingdom of our Lord And of His Christ, and of His Christ And He shall reign for ever and ever” Hallelujah! Hallelujah! The triumphal sounds of the Hallelujah Chorus poured over me. Deep rich voices of baritones, echoed by sopranos,  blasting […]

God Wears Purple and Orange Socks

The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany – Fr. J. Devin Rodgers It was my first football game as a band director. The students were lined up for uniform inspection, and she had the audacity to show up wearing a pair of purple socks. Actually the socks weren’t purple, they were purple and orange striped! Those […]

You Too are a Theologian

Epiphany 3C- Fr. J. Devin Rodgers One of the customs that has developed over the generations at St. Alban’s is giving our youth confirmands the opportunity to preach a sermon in Sunday worship. As someone who stands in the pulpit week after week do preach, and still gets nervous, I am always impressed by our […]

Water to Wine

Epiphany 2C- Fr. J. Devin Rodgers And just like that plain tap water from the camp kitchen became cherry-flavored Kool Aid (or as we called it at summer camp, “bug juice”) They saw it with their own eyes! Well, considering no one on camp staff had the ability to perform miraculous” water into Kool-Aid signs” […]

Breathing Underwater and The Baptism of our Lord

“I built my house by the sea. Not on the sands, mind you; not on the shifting sand. And I built it of rock.  A strong houseby a strong sea.And we got well acquainted, the sea and I.Good neighbors.Not that we spoke much.We met in silences.Respectful, keeping our distance,but looking our thoughts across the fence […]

“Season’s Greetings, you Brood of Vipers!”

It’s Christmas Eve. Your holiday celebrations are underway. The lights on the tree twinkle with joy, and you’re surrounded with friends and family.  Your front doorbell rings… Before the door is even fully opened, a stern and commanding voice interrupts everyone within earshot.  “Season’s Greetings, you Brood of Vipers!” It’s not Santa Claus… John the […]

What am I waiting for?

“What am I waiting for?” “That doesn’t matter…you’re waiting.”  “How will I know when I’m done waiting?” “That doesn’t matter either. Your job is to wait.” “So I’m just sitting there, not doing anything?” “No, you’re waiting. Waiting is not passive.” I looked at my friend Douglas, confused.  “That makes no sense.” “It’s not supposed […]

Give Me a Hand

September 26, 2021- Fr. J. Devin Rodgers Two dirty, grease-smeared, blue-jeaned legs and a pair of work boots stuck out from underneath my mom’s car.  My dad was teaching me to change oil. “Give me a hand. I need the oil filter wrench.” I looked in the tool box. I had zero idea what an […]