• Pictures of God  (03/18/12); Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA
    • John 3:14-21 In the end, the good news of the gospel is not about us. The good news of the gospel is not about our faithfulness, it’s about God’s faithfulness. The good news of the gospel is a story of God’s mercy. The good news of the gospel is a picture of Jesus. The good news of the gospel is a picture of God’s love.
  • 2011 Affirming Church Survey; Author: Elaine
    • 6,826 churches by the end of 2011, an increase of 367 churches from the previous year. This in spite greatly reduced man hours available to do the massive email sweeps through entire denominations required now days to find the affirming churches. The good news is that the movement has clearly ‘main line’ in several denominations (e.g. Episcopal). The ‘bad’ news is that to find the affirming churches now in these groups massive email sweeps are required. This is very time consuming, exactly the time commitment we were in short supply of this year. In spite of our resource limitations, the directory grew at a rate of over one church a day and was on pace at the early part of  the year to completely smash the one year new church add record before resource limitations stepped in to slow down the ‘grand search’ for affirming churches throughout the world.
  • Two Halves of the Whole  (05/22/11); Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA
    • Acts 17:22-31 Right brain versus left brain.
  • Spiritual Milk  (05/22/11); Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA
    • 1 Peter 2:2 “like newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.”
  • Improv  sermon given  (01/16/11); Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA
    • John 1:29-42 Life the greatest improvisation of all. With no script. No idea what’s going to happen, often with people and places you have never seen before. And you are not in control. So say “yes.” And if you’re lucky, you’ll find people who will say “yes” back.
  • Not a Funeral Sermon  (05/15/11); Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA
    • Psalm 23 The 23rd psalm is about living like a happy sheep, well fed, well rested, well cared for by the good shepherd.  Simply put.. “God loves you.” God cares for you like a shepherd cares for his sheep.  It is a well-known and well-loved psalm because it reminds us that we are well known and well loved by the Lord, our good shepherd..
  • If I could make days last forever  (05/01/11); Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA
    • Ecclesiastes 3:11 “If I could make days last forever. If words could make wishes come true. I’d save every day like a treasure and then again, I would spend them with you” — Jim Croce “Time in a Bottle”
  • The Waltz (02/06/11); Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA
    • Matthew 5:13-20 Who you are is not determined by the circumstances you’re in. Who you are is not determined by where you happen to be.  Who you are is not determined by the people around you.  Who you are is not determined by what you’re wearing.  Who you are is determined by who you are.  You are the light of the world.
  • There until the End  (04/24/11); Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA
    • Matthew 28:1-10 The disciple who did not run away.
  • God Loves Hatless Women Too  (03/06/11); Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA
    • 1 Corinthians 11:4-10 Literal versus non literal interpretation of Scripture, which is correct? The importance of considering the cultural context in which the word was written.
  • Dreading it is Worse Than Doing It   (02/27/11); Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA
    • Matthew 6:25-28, Philippians 4:4-7 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! …  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  • 2010 Affirming Church Survey; Author: Elaine
    • 6,459 churches by the end of 2010, an increase of 543 churches from the previous year and that after a massive clean up that saw well over a hundred out-dated entries removed from our records. The year was marked by the continued emergence of the Episcopal churches who set a new one year record for church adds by one denomination. We believe, that the Episcopal surge is not an isolated event, but indicative of a wide spread movement that is rapidly opening up church doors throughout the world.
  • Margaritaville  (11/20/10); Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA
    • Luke 21:5-19, Isaiah 65:17-25. The three types and causes to human suffering: fallen, natural and Jimmy Buffett…
  • My Cup Overflows  (11/20/10); Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA
    • Luke 21:5-19, Isaiah 65:17-25. Life is an amazing journey that is well worth the trip.
  • I’m Better Than You  (10/24/10); Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA
    • Luke 18:9-14 “…all the insults in the world boil down to the same four-word sentence: “I’m better than you.”
  • Lord, Increase Our Faith!  (10/3/10); Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA
    • Luke 17:5-10 and Romans 10:17. How can we increase our faith?
  • The Sin of Sodom…  (09/26/10); Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA
    • Luke 16:19-31 and Ezekiel 16:49. ‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.”
  • Faith’s Freedom   (05/16/10); Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA
    • Acts 16:22-36 Setting the jailer and their prisoners free.
  • Tidy Boxes… some thoughts on Leviticus  (05/2/10); Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA
    • Acts 11:1-18 The human nature to categorize things into tidy (explainable) boxes.
  • Just a Bit of Faith…  (04/11/10); Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA
    • John 20:19-31 Even a small amount of Faith is enough to move God.
  • When Your Call Changes; Author: Donna Stern, Destiny Spirit
    • Jeremiah 8:7 .  “Even the stork in the sky knows her appointed seasons, and the dove, the swift and the thrush observe the time of their migration.”
  • 2009 Affirming Church Survey; Author: Elaine
    • 5,916 churches by the end of 2009, an increase of 615 churches from the previous year and a new one year record. Our ability to track and log new churches is now constrained only by our own resource limitations. Of the churches we were able to document, growth throughout the world and touched over sixty denominations. 2009 seemed like a carbon copy of 2008 in almost all regards including that five denominations again accounted for almost two thirds of the affirming churches listed.
  • The Whole Parcel  (01/31/10); Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA
    • 1 Corinthians 13:1-13  Marriage: a commitment to the whole ‘parcel’ of a person.
  • The Heavens Declare the Glory of God  (01/24/10); Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA
    • Psalms 19:1-6  “The heavens declare the glory of God. The skies proclaim the work of his hands.
  • More Than Enough  (07/26/09); Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA
    • 2 Samuel 11:1-15, John 6:1-21. Give thanks and rejoice in what we have rather than desire what belongs to another.
  • A Quiet Place  (07/19/09); Author: Lucia Lloyd, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Heathsville, VA
    • Mark 6:30-31 “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place & get some rest.”