The Lot Fell…

Trinity Church, Newport RI; Sunday May 13th 2018 The Reverend Alan Neale; “The Lot Fell…” I find increasing joy preaching on verses that have intrigued, amused, engaged (even tickled) me over the decades. And so today, Acts 1:26 “And the lot fell on Matthias”. In 1921...

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Fear Begone!

Trinity Church, Newport RISunday April 29th 2018The Reverend Alan Neale“Fear Begone!” It once was the custom when telegrams were read at wedding receptions; these were sent by those unable to attend. Sometimes, for the more Biblically literate, a Bible text was...

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Is Perfection Possible?

Sermon preached at Trinity Church, Newport RI; Sunday April 15 2018 The Reverend Alan Neale; “Is Perfection Possible?” I John 3:6 ““Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.” In 1777 the Reverend John Wesley wrote a startling...

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Rolling Stones

Sermon preached at Trinity Church, Newport RI Easter Day April 1 2018 The Reverend Alan Neale “Rolling Stones” A few Sundays ago our Bishop reminded us that it is an Orthodox custom for the preacher to tell a joke on Easter Day. The result is called the “risus...

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Repent – it’s never too late

Sermon preached at Trinity Church, Newport, RI, Sunday January 21, 2018 The Reverend Alan Neale, “Repent – it’s never too late”   Yesterday afternoon I sat by the bedside of Father Paul Koumrian, Paul as you know is dying and very close to the end. We talked and...

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An End to Enabling

Sermon preached at Trinity Church, Newport RI, Sunday November 12 2017 The Reverend Alan Neale, “An End to Enabling”   (Audio Link Below)   Last Sunday Wendy and I returned from a vacation in the great state of Texas. I return without Texan drawl, Texan hat and...

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Checking for the Divine Image

Sermon Preached at Trinity Church, Newport RI on Sunday October 22nd 2017 The Reverend Alan Neale     “Checking for the Divine Image”   Church treasurers were having ‘time out’ during a hectic conference; they talked about the process of dealing with the Sunday...

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Called to Serve

Sermon preached at Trinity Church, Newport RI; Sunday September 17 2017 The Reverend Alan Neale; “Called to Serve” A story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would...

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Toxic Vengeance

Sermon preached at Trinity Church, Newport RI; Sunday September 3rd 2017 The Reverend Alan Neale; “Toxic Vengeance” The priest and his wife were a happy couple and rarely argued about anything of substance. But one area that often raised hackles… the wife’s constant...

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The Irrevocability of Grace

Sermon preached at Trinity Church, Newport RI Sunday August 20th 2017 The Reverend Alan Neale “The Irrevocability of Grace” Romans 11:29 “The gifts and call of God are irrevocable.” Ametamelétos – not to be repented of, about which no change of mind can take place,...

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