Thoughts

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

March 23: Cornerstone

“The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” Rejection is one of the hardest experiences in life. For me, it conjures up the scene of a childhood playground, the captains of two teams reducing the pool of eligible members one by one to the inevitable “last”pick. For those few at the end of …  [ More → ]

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March 22: Imitating Christ

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not …  [ More → ]

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March 21: Voices of Hope

In these troubled times I am constantly tuning out some of the negative voices and influences and trying to be more attentive to voices of hope. Today’s readings are perfect for fostering hope. First there’s Haggai (chapter 2); This is one of the shortest books of the Bible and one I most often forget even …  [ More → ]

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March 20: These Men Are Not Drunk

I wait for, I pray for inspiration by the Holy Spirit. Free me from the distractions and fears that cripple me. Empower, embolden and enlighten me with your gifts. The Disciples gathered, praying and waiting for the One Christ promised would come after Him, that God had promised for generations. Suddenly, miraculously, the Spirit comes…and …  [ More → ]

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Sermon – March 18, 2017

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [ More → ]

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March 19: The Spirit of the Law

The word ‘competent’ in Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians startled me. I looked at other translations, thinking that ‘competent’ might be a modern usage. My collection of modern Bibles all use ‘competent’ but the King James Version is “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves [ More → ]

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March 17: Hope In God

I found myself in 2017 questioning how God could allow all the evil in the world that we were experiencing; just as the prophet Habakkuk did in this passage: Were you angry with the rivers, Lord? Was your wrath against the streams? Did you rage against the sea? This year we heard about terrible events …  [ More → ]

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March 16: The Currency of Words

Guilt, sin, absolution — these concepts have much less currency today than they once did. Though a major emphasis of Christianity for centuries, guilt and sin lost much of their sting in the last century, making absolution seem less necessary. And yet, I think most of us still know that sin is endemic to our …  [ More → ]

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March 15: An Alliteration of Rs

A series of “r” words surfaced in my mind in looking over these passages — rest, repair, replenish, reflecting. Individually and/or collectively these passages point to a direction we are to be mindful of and embrace in our lives. In the Hebrews passage we are extended an invitation to enter rest. Isaiah bids us to …  [ More → ]

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March 14: Nearness of the Light of Jesus

In these days and nights of winter, there is much darkness. As I write on a frigid day, I know how quickly darkness will fall in the afternoon. I look out my window into the night sky and see a huge moon and a star. The light that emanates from the moon and the star …  [ More → ]

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