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Trinity Sunday

Isaiah 6:1-8; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17 We have a real desire to KNOW, don’t we? The need to understand and explain nearly all things. Technology has pushed us further, as we have become suspicious of those things we don’t understand. Challenging that need is the transcendent mystery of the God of Isaiah, the God of the prophets, who is so awesome that they cannot even approach, must less see, a God who will only say, as he did to Moses, tell them, “I am.” Perhaps even more dizzying and perplexing is the doctrine of the Trinity, the reality of a God who is in “three persons, One God.” So, perhaps what we really need to come to terms with is a balance: between our desperate need to know God

The Day of Pentecost

Today is, of course, Pentecost which marks the conclusion of the Great 50 days of Easter. Pentecost has ancient roots but, for us, it commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus’ disciples after His Ascension. Today, at both services, we also witness the Baptism of a baby – Emilia at 8 and Ethan at 10:15 – and we welcome them as Christians who are christened into the reality of the coming of the Holy Spirit, marked as Christ’s own forever with the fruits of the kingdom of God. We are all reminded that we are all imprinted with the Holy Spirit as Christ’s own and the continuing revelation of Jesus’ resurrection in our lives for all time. Because of Jesus, we have the Spirit of God i

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19 John’s Gospel is a little like a tangled length of cord: you know that it would be useful, if you could ever pull the mess apart! But we often think, “How can I find relevance for my life in scripture if I don’t even understand it!” So, as I tried to untie the many thoughts I had about John’s passage today, I found a little clarity in the fact that the entire reading is a prayer. John has spent the last four chapters preparing his disciples for the reality that he is going away. In all truth, His whole life and ministry has been about preparation. Now the hour of His sacrifice has arrived and he stops, before going across the Kidron V

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Acts 10:44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17 On Friday night and into the wee hours of Saturday morning, our youth group with Amy, our wonderful new youth minister, participated in Nightwatch, an overnight retreat program in NYC, at the Cathedral Church of St. John, the Divine. How many of you have ever been to St. John? How many have ever been to a large cathedral? These cathedrals were built in Europe and the U.S. from the early Middle Ages up until the early 20th century. St. John’s was begun in the 1890’s and reflects a time when God was considered transcendent, something to be aspired to, otherworldly, but amazing and awesome. Church buildings built in the 20th century, particula