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Sermons, essays, first-person reports, thanks, requests and other bylined items reflecting the day-to-day workings of life in a parish community

Sermon – June 3, 2018

Lessons You can read the scripture for the second Sunday after Pentecost, June 3, 2018 here. Proper 4, Year B Church of the Ascension June 3, 2018 Mark 2:23-3:6 I’ve been posting quite a lot about systemic racism on my facebook page lately. With so much vitriolic hate speech surfacing these days, it feels like …  [ More → ]

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Sermon – Trinity Sunday

Lessons You can read the scripture for May 27, 2018 here. Audio Trinity Sunday, 2018 I think that one of the hardest questions to ask from the pulpit – or from the pews for that matter – is this: How’s your spiritual life working for you? I suppose it must be true that, in some …  [ More → ]

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Sermon – Pentecost 2018

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [ More → ]

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Sermon – Ascension Day 2018

Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen. [ More → ]

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Sermon – April 29, 2018

Lessons You can read the scripture for the fifth Sunday of Easter, April 29, 2018 here.   Acts 8:26-40 Psalm 22:24-30 1 John 4:7-21 John 15:1-8 The story we heard today from the Book of Acts is one of my favorite stories from scripture — it is so full of details that capture our imagination …  [ More → ]

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Sermon – April 15, 2018

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [ More → ]

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Sermon – Easter Sunday 2018

O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [ More → ]

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Sermon – Good Friday

Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [ More → ]

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Sermon – Maundy Thursday

Lessons You can read the scripture for Maundy Thursday, March 29, 2018 here. Exodus 12:1-14 1st Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Back in 1979, I had the enormous blessing and privilege of going on a study abroad program during my junior year in high school. I lived for a year in Rennes, France, staying with …  [ More → ]

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March 31: The Mystery of Our Journey

I am writing this reflection in early January, in the middle of a snowstorm. We are still celebrating Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, and the feast of the Epiphany is coming up- the arrival of the wise ones led by a star from far away, bringing strange gifts for a newborn: gold symbolizing royalty, frankincense for …  [ More → ]

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