July 12, 2020

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
July 12, 2020
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

In the summer of 2005, I worked at a Boy Scout camp in far northern Maine. You’ve heard me talk about this before because it was such a formative experience in my life. My job was to guide crews of boy...

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
July 5, 2020
Psalm 145:8-15

You know, it’s just a hot dog. A fluffy bread envelope. A cylinder of mystery meat. Toppings, if you like. Grilled or boiled - doesn’t make that much of a difference. It’s just a hot dog. But on this weekend, on I...

June 28, 2020

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
June 28, 2020
Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18

Everything was going according to the plan. I was set to graduate from the University of Texas in three and a half years. I had a job lined up as a youth minister to get me through the spring semester until...

June 21, 2020

Third Sunday after Pentecost

June 21, 2020

Psalm 69:8-20

As we gather in this cultural moment, this moment that is charged with so much emotion, we need to take a step back and scan all that is going on. First, we have the pandemic. Somewhere around one hundred and twenty...

June 14, 2020

Second Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 9:35-10:8

Thirteen years ago I started my time at the Virginia Theological Seminary. My class had thirty something students. And I remember meeting them for the first time and realizing that these were going to be my colleagues for t...

Trinity Sunday
June 7, 2020
Matthew 28:16-20

On Trinity Sunday 2012, I stepped into the pulpit of Holy Comforter for the first time. Today marks my eighth anniversary as your rector. Times sure have changed, haven’t they? Back then, my hair was buzzed short. Now, I’ve g...

The Rev. Jimmy Abbott

Sixth Sunday of Easter

May 17, 2020

John 14:15-21

Along with the two-legged creatures that live in our house, we have a couple of four-legged creatures. Lady and Murphy, the strangest pair of dogs you’ll ever meet. Lady came straight from the Waco pou...

Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 10, 2020

John 14:1-14

Proof is in the Pudding

This time of isolation and social distance has brought with it many surprises. One of those surprises has been that the Abbott family is now hooked on watching “The Great British Bake Off.” The title...

Fourth Sunday of Easter

May 3, 2020

John 10:1-10

A Clear Voice

Earlier this week I was on a conference call with forty Episcopal clergy leaders from across the country. We were asked to share a story about how our congregations had faced challenges before and how they resp...

April 26, 2020

Third Sunday of Easter
April 26, 2020
Luke 24:13-35

The rug has been pulled out from under their feet. On Easter afternoon those two disciples walk away from Jerusalem, away from their friends, away from their hope. We can put ourselves into the place of Cleopas and tha...

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