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September 30, 2018

A preacher's little girl inquired, "Daddy, I notice every Sunday morning when you first come to the pulpit to preach, you bow your head. What are you doing?"

The priest and father explained, "I'm asking the Lord to give me a good sermon."

The little girl innocently said,...

September 27, 2018

The Eucharistic Prayer of all four prayers in our Book of Common Prayer ends with what we call the Great Amen. Our response to God, as a community in the Eucharistic Prayer - a prayer of thanksgiving, praise, sacrifice, and renewal - is to proclaim AMEN with one voice,...

September 23, 2018

The Disciples are in a bit of a crisis. Last week they thought they had things right. They had been sitting at the feet of Jesus for three years. They had seen what he had done, what he is capable of doing, and had seen him heal and feed thousands - maybe tens of thous...

September 20, 2018

“Draw near to God, and God will draw near to you.” James 4:8a

The letter of James is directed to an audience (most likely Jewish Christians) that was struggling to keep faith in God through Christ amidst controversy, opposition, persecution and isolation. James focuses...

September 16, 2018

Proverbs 1:20-33; James 3:1-12; Wisdom 7:26–8:1; Mark 8:27-38

My brother, Mark, and I have a kind of tradition. Each year, on our birthdays, we send each other a card attempting to one up the other with some gentle teasing. As we became older, age became fare game, too....

September 13, 2018

“But who do you say that I am?” Matthew Mark 7: 29

We are beginning our spiritual journey for the next few years by asking ourselves, “Who is Jesus to me, really?” In Mark, Jesus asks his disciples a version of the same question when He says to them, “Who do you say tha...

September 9, 2018

I am reading a book by Will Willimon, a retired Methodist bishop, called Why, Jesus? And he has titles for Jesus like Preacher, Vagabond, Party Person, Peacemaker, Home Wrecker (another sermon), and Magician. The chapter on Magician is really about Jesus the healer and...

September 6, 2018

One of the most challenging obstacles to faith and continued trust and hope in God can be suffering. I was at a monthly Eucharist this morning at a local skilled care facility and most of the people who come to the service are from the memory unit there. In addition to...

September 3, 2018

Jesus said, "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven…For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6

Labor Day seems a good...

September 2, 2018

Song of Solomon 2:8-13

The voice of my beloved!
Look, he comes,

leaping upon the mountains,
bounding over the hills.

My beloved is like a gazelle
or a young stag.

Look, there he stands
behind our wall,

gazing in at the windows,
looking through the lattice.

My beloved speaks...

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