Author Archives: John F. Beddingfield

About John F. Beddingfield

Rector of The Church of the Holy Trinity (Episcopal) in New York City on East 88th Street between 1st Ave and 2nd Ave.

Being Willing to Love

A homily offered at the marriage of Shane Davies and Dale Lewis on December 9, 2017 at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church in Washington, DC.  The scripture readings are 1 Samuel 18:1b, 3, 20:16-17, 42a, Psalm 98, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, … Continue reading

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Praying for God to Come

A short homily offered at Evensong for a Blue Christmas Service, offering us to come together with others in order to acknowledge the “blue” feelings that might occur during the holidays. For many who have lost a loved one, this is … Continue reading

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Pots and Possibilities

A sermon for the First Sunday of Advent, December 3, 2017.  The scripture readings are Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, and Mark 13:24-37.  Listen to the sermon HERE. If you’ve been in the rectory living room, you’ve probably noticed some of … Continue reading

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On the Eve of Advent

At our Advent Quiet Day this morning, we explored some of the Marian poetry of Thomas Merton. Especially fitting for the day (and tomorrow’s full moon) is this poem: Charm with your stainlessness these winter nights, Skies, and be perfect! … Continue reading

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A Kingdom of Service

A sermon for Christ the King Sunday, November 26, 2017.  The scripture readings are Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24, Psalm 95:1-7a, Ephesians 1:15-23, and Matthew 25:31-46. Listen to the sermon HERE. In 2008, Peggielene Bartels was going about her life. She worked as a secretary at … Continue reading

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Uncovering Talents

A sermon for the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost, November 19, 2017.  The scripture readings are Zephaniah 1:7,12-18, Psalm 90:1-8, (9-11), 12, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, and Matthew 25:14-30.  Listen to the sermon HERE.  There’s an old preacher’s story about two farmers. Bob and Carl meet … Continue reading

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Waiting in God

A sermon offered on November 12, 2017, the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost.  The scripture readings are Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16, Psalm 70, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, and Matthew 25:1-13.  Listen to the sermon HERE. Earlier this week, I saw a friend who is not a … Continue reading

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Reflecting on (and with) the Saints

A sermon for All Saints’ Sunday, November 5, 2017.  The scripture readings are Revelation 7:9-17, Psalm 34:1-10, 22, 1 John 3:1-3, and Matthew 5:1-12. Listen to the sermon HERE. Yesterday, out in Long Island, I officiated at the wedding of Erica and Michael Wosczyk.  … Continue reading

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To Love One’s Neighbor

An informal homily offered at the Sunday night contemporary service.  The lectionary readings are  Leviticus 19:1-2,15-18, Psalm 1, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, and Matthew 22:34-46 .  Since the morning sermons were offered by the parish deacon, I did not write out … Continue reading

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Belonging to God

A sermon for October 22, 2017, the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost. The scripture readings are Isaiah 45:1-7, Psalm 96:1-9, (10-13) , 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, and Matthew 22:15-22. Listen to the sermon HERE. One of my favorite stories from the Desert … Continue reading

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