Be True to the Story

The Rev. Ben Helmer, Vicar Christmas Day, 2011 St. James’, Eureka Springs Last night was a time to praise God at the manger, to remember Christmases past and sing the old familiar carols. Today and the twelve days of Christmas are a time to ponder on the meaning of it all. All of God’s actions can be understood as interventions. … Read More

To Arrive Where We Started

Ben E. Helmer, Vicar St. James’ Episcopal Church Eureka Springs, Ark. Nov. 27, 2011 Advent 1 Every year in Advent the preacher is put in a tight corner: the preacher can use Advent as a time to rail against the evils of commercialism; or he can take the passage from Mark and use it to terrify everyone with apocalyptic fervor. … Read More

The Least of These

The Rev. Betsy Porter St. James Episcopal Church, Eureka Springs, Ark. November 20, 2011 Proper 29A Last Pentecost (Christ the King) Matthew 25:31-46 The king we honor on this day is Christ the King, the one whose focus is not on the rich and powerful, but on every single lost sheep, on every single homeless person and on every single … Read More

Sing to the Lord a New Song

The Rev. Betsy Porter St. James Episcopal Church, Eureka Springs, Ark. October 16, 2011 18 Pentecost Proper 24 Matthew 22:15-22 There is nothing so certain as taxes except maybe death. The Pharisees and the Herodians knew this when they tried to trap Jesus in today’s gospel. “Is it right to pay taxes, to render tribute to Caesar?”, they asked him. … Read More

In Spite of Ourselves

The Rev. Betsy Porter St. James’, Eureka Springs August 21, 2011 Year A, Proper 16 Matthew 16:13-20 Two weeks ago today, Clifford and I were at St. John of the Cross Episcopal Church in Bristol, Ind., for the final day of my family’s reunion, which included the 50th wedding anniversary celebration of my oldest brother, David, and his wife, Kay. … Read More