Monthly Archives: December 2012

Kick Jesus Out of his Cradle

Sermon from Christmas Eve 2012 Luke 2: 1-20 St. Francis, Tyler, Texas Merry Christmas! Thank you, St. Francis friends, for welcoming me among you on this holy night, on my first Christmas as your bishop. In these first few months as your bishop, St. Francis Church has already been a significant part of my ministry, […]

Tidings of Joy

Ordination to the Priesthood: Wendy Huber December 22, 2012 Ephesians 1: 17-19 St. John’s, Marlin, Texas Thank you, Wendy, for inviting me to preach on this joyful occasion, this joyful occasion when the Holy Spirit makes you a priest in God’s Church. Now I have heard that, among some members of your family, that the […]

Soul Searching: What Then Should We Do?

Sermon from December 16, 2012 Luke 3: 7-18 St. Stephen’s, Liberty, Texas Good morning! I am Jeff Fisher and I am your new bishop suffragan for the east region of the Diocese of Texas. When I was a growing up, my mother had a phrase, a phrase that she would use to make me grow […]

Breaking Dawn

Sermon from December 9, 2012 Luke 1: 68-79 Trinity, The Woodlands, Texas Good morning! I am Jeff Fisher and I am your new bishop suffragan for this region of the Diocese of Texas. In my new work as a bishop, I travel quite extensively. And last week, my travels took me to New York City […]

Scratch & Sniff: Jesus is Near

Sermon from December 2, 2012 Luke 21: 25-36 St. John the Divine, Houston, Texas Click here for Audio Words cannot describe how I feel – coming back as a bishop to the church in which I was baptized, to the church that sent me seminary. When I was baptized here in 1964, the baptismal font […]

Mission Impossible

Sermon from November 30, 2012 Matthew 4: 18-22 St. Andrew’s, Houston, Texas The story that Portia just read to us: That’s impossible!! That’s a common reaction after hearing the story of the call and response of the first followers of Jesus. For in that story, Jesus is walking by the Sea of Galilee. Jesus spies […]