21 January 2018 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? Funny how the disciples don’t seem to have asked that. They don’t seem to have asked anything at all, really. Simon and Andrew are fishing in the Sea of Galilee, tossing their nets into the water, when Jesus walks by and says, ‘Follow me.’…” Click here to listen.
14 January 2018 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “I’ve had some unexpected time for contemplation lately. I had a cold over Christmas, and then as soon as I got over that I came down with the flu. So I was sick for two and a half weeks. I spent a few of those days lolling in misery on the sofa. I didn’t even feel well enough to watch TV…” Click here to listen.
24 December 2017 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “It was chilly that night, and chill in the winter meant damp. As the dew began to form on the grass, the shepherds pulled their cloaks around themselves a little more tightly. The quiet of the night embraced them. Bethlehem with its noise and bustle was miles away…” Click here to listen.
10 December 2017 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “The Ministry of Magic is in a sticky spot in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. If they admit that Harry witnessed the return of Lord Voldemort, the most powerful dark wizard ever, magical people will realize the Ministry is unprepared and incompetent. They’ll lose all confidence in the Ministry…” Click here to listen.
29 October 2017 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “Five hundred years ago this Tuesday a monk posted a statement on a church door in Germany expressing some disagreements with the Roman Catholic Church. What he said resonated with people. They supported him—princes and priests and ordinary people alike. …” Click here to download an mpeg and listen.
27 August 2017 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “My grandfather, Captain William Eigel, Jr., served in Patton’s Third Army during the Second World War. He landed in Normandy only a few days after D-Day and joined the long, hard push eastward towards Berlin. …” Click here to download an mpeg and listen.
22 January 2017 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “Wide gaps between the haves and the have-nots. Stark ethnic and racial divisions. Conflicts about the role of women. Hostility to the poor. Battles over sexual ethics. Fractures along party lines. Divisions so intractable that some people refuse to share meals with each other…” Click here to download an mpeg and listen.
8 January 2017 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “Who lives? Who dies? Who tells your story? Fifty years after Alexander Hamilton’s death in a duel, his wife Eliza is reaching the end of her very long life. She’s collected her husband’s thousands of pages of writing…” Click here to download an mpeg and listen.
13 November 2016 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “Can you believe these lessons? I can’t decide if they are the most inappropriate readings imaginable for the Sunday after an election or a pairing of sheer genius. The lectionary, our three-year cycle of readings, is like that sometimes…” Click here to download an mpeg and listen.
4 September 2016 — Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin: “Back before seminary I worked as the communications director for a large Episcopal parish. Part of my job was preparing the service bulletins every week. This parish had a teeny, tiny problem with perfectionism…” Click here to download an mpeg and listen.