Baccalaureate, 2017
John 16:23-33 / Matthew 6:9-13
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt

In the fictional world of Harry Potter, what are the three Unforgivable Curses?

The Killing Curse—Avada Kedavra.

The Cruciatus Curse—Crucio.

And the Imperious Curse—Imperio.

Do you know the origins of their names? Do you know why the spell for the Killing Curse is Avada Kedavra?

You’ve heard the same phrase before as abracadabra. It’s Aramaic and means “Let the thing be destroyed.” The “thing” was usually a disease and the phrase a cure, but J.K. Rowling turned it into a curse.

Crucio comes from what? Latin. Crucio means “I torture.” We see this especially in the word crucify.

And Imperio—whence comes Imperio?

We’ll come back to that one.


Rogate (Easter 6) Sermon, 2016
John 16:23b-33
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt

You can’t always get what you want. But…what?

But if you try sometimes, well, you might find, you get what you need.

The world teaches us that if we try, we get what we need. If we put forth the effort necessary, we get what we need.

It’s up to us.

That’s what the world teaches.

Today, Jesus teaches us to pray, and so it’s good to ask:

Does prayer rely upon your faithfulness or God’s?

Should the Rolling Stones have taught us to sing, “You can’t always get what you want…so pray the Lord’s Prayer, because God’s going to provide your daily bread”?

That wouldn’t have sold many albums, but it’s right.