Keeping Watch

Looking for Bishop Marty’s sermons? You’ll find them here. All of Bishop Marty’s posts can be found in one place here.

Devastation in Beirut

One-minute read. Like many of you, I am aghast at the news coming out of Beirut, Lebanon. The huge explosion in the city’s port area claimed many lives and injured many, many more.

Witnessing to the God of Life

Five-minute read. Bishops United Against Gun Violence has composed a letter to the Church and our society regarding the alarming spike in gun purchasing and gun-involved violence during the time of the current pandemic.

Boiling Point

Six-minute read. “We are acting as though God doesn’t see or care about the way we treat one another, belittle one another, or degrade one another.”

Weekly Reflection – Fourth Sunday of Easter

15-minute video. Welcome to Bishop Marty’s seventh reflection in this series. This week he talks briefly about returning to church and what that may look like while we maintain physical distancing. In this week’s reading, he talks about the Good Shepherd and God’s love for us no matter what.

Weekly Reflection – Third Sunday of Easter

19-minute video. We’ve changed our recording schedule so that you can view the weekly reflections in a more timely manner. This week, Bishop Marty talks about the planning behind returning to worshiping in our churches and Spiritual Communion.

Weekly Reflection – Second Sunday of Easter

19-minute video. This Sunday’s Gospel, John 20:19-31, allows us to compare and contrast the disciples’ self-isolation behind a locked door in Jerusalem, and our self-isolation from COVID-19. What came next for them was remarkable. What happens next for us might also be remarkable if we can ensure that what we do; comes from God, is for God, and is done with God.

Weekly Reflection – The Triduum

18-minute video. This week Bishop Marty discusses the Triduum; Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday and reflects on how this time of physical distancing makes us yearn for our times of closeness, fellowship and corporate worship.

Weekly Reflection – Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

18-minute video. This week Bishop Marty reflects on Lenten fasting, and our continued fasting with love through physical distancing; the events of Holy Week, the diocesan-wide Easter Vigil and where is God?

Weekly Reflection – Fifth Sunday in Lent

18 minute video. In this week’s Reflection, Bishop Marty offer thanks for all the creative ways in which the leadership of our churches has responded to our need to change, plus news about the Easter Vigil.

Weekly Reflection – Fourth Sunday in Lent

15-minute Video. Welcome to the first in a series of weekly videos in which Bishop Marty reflects on the week’s events and the week to come. In this first video he discusses the unusual situation in which we find ourselves and reflects on the Gospel for the Fourth Sunday in Lent.

Prayer in the midst of an epidemic

Two-minute read. COVID-19 is causing disruption to our daily lives like no other circumstance in my lifetime. Not since W.W. II has the United States’ “home front” been forced to alter every aspect of our daily journey through life to the magnitude the coronavirus has already changed our routines. It is unprecedented.

Keeping Watch – Milwaukee Shootings

Two-minute Read. I am a member of Bishops United Against Gun Violence, group of more than 100 Episcopal bishops working to curtail the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. Following shootings in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 26, Bishops United Against Gun Violence released this message …

Lent and The Way of Love

Five-minute read. A reflection on Lent and the journey that is ‘The Way of Love’.

Epic Tales and the Diocesan Convention

8 minute read. What is an epic story? What makes an epic story epic? And how does that link to the Diocesan Convention?

A Message of Love

Five-minute read. The Presiding Bishop has handed us a gift in his Royal Wedding address, now it is up to us to make the best use of it.

Called In. Sent Out.

Eight-minute read. Bishop Marty sets out his vision for the work of the diocese over the next year — Building a Community of Purpose.  

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