About fr. mark

Mark Abdelnour is the rector at St. Simon & St. Jude Episcopal Church in Irmo, South Carolina.

Resurrection Life

a sermon for the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 27C)

The Sadducees asked about human relationships after resurrection.  But Jesus is only interested in our eternal relationship with God.

 

 

 

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Pointing To Christ

a sermon for All Saints Sunday, Year C

Who are saints in your life? Who washed your feet, showed you God’s love? Going back further, who formed them? Whether or not you know their names or stories, give thanks for your spiritual ancestors today. They surround us in the great cloud of witnesses and keep pointing us to Jesus.

-Br. Luke Ditewig
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

 

 

 

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Rise Up!

a sermon for Easter Day

 

Jesus rose from the dead today, but it’s our Resurrection Day. So what’s holding us back?

Note: With the pressures of Holy Week and preparation for my sabbatical, I freely admit that this sermon is not my original work.  As I note in my introduction, most of this sermon comes from one given by Bishop Andy Doyle, of Texas.  His original is here.   John Dominic Crossan’s new book can be found here.  And Ray Wylie Hubbard’s song can be heard here.  

 

 

 

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The Demons Within Us

a sermon for the 4th Sunday after the Epiphany
(Year A)

 

Through Christ, God stands against all the evil forces that seek to destroy us. God stands against the demons that rob us of our identity and our humanity to separate us from God and each other.  And just as importantly, God stands against our own efforts to demonize each other.

 

 

 

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The Final Exam

a sermon for the Christ the King Sunday
(Proper 29A)

 

Imagine the most important final exam any of us will ever take. There’s only one question and its completely open book. And Jesus even gives us the question before hand: how did we treat him? The only catch is that nobody knows what he looks like.

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