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...

April 19, 2020

Second Sunday of Easter

April 22, 2020

John 20:19-31

It was July, 1864. The American Civil War was in its fourth bloody summer. The Union army was laying siege to Petersburg, a town just south of Richmond, Virginia. It was brutal, horrific, trench warfare. Some enterprisi...

April 12, 2020

The Rev. Jimmy Abbott

Easter Day

April 12, 2020

John 20:1-18

Another Dimension

Easter morning did not start with light and lilies and joy. Easter began with despair, with a woman hurrying to a friend’s tomb in the dark of the morning. We can imagine Mary Magdalene’s mind ra...

March 29, 2020

Fifth Sunday in Lent

March 29, 2020

John 11:1-45

Just recently I read aloud Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” to our daughter. A small book with big themes. The unexpected hero, the dire circumstance, and the desperate hope run all throughout “The Hobbit” and into The Lord of the Ri...

March 22, 2020

Fourth Sunday in Lent
March 22, 2020
John 9:1-41

They are so many questions and so few answers. How did all of this happen? How did we get here? How will this impact us economically? How will this impact us, personally, financially? How long will this last? When will my...

March 15, 2020

Third Sunday in Lent

March 15, 2020

John 4:5-42

This week I have been struggling to find words to match all that we are feeling in this present moment. You don’t need me to tell you that we are drenched in anxiety, in exasperation, in fear, and in shock. We feel isolated...

March 8, 2020

Second Sunday in Lent
March 8, 2020
John 3:1-17

Throughout my adult life, I’ve enjoyed reading the great myths of western civilizations. Myths are epic stories told to enlighten a particular point. Odysseus wanders for twenty long years, reminding us that warfare is alw...

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