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January 27, 2019

Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21

“Today the scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” We have heard it proclaimed. But what is fulfilled, exactly? Well, let’s see: “to let the oppressed go free, to give sight to the blind,...

January 25, 2019

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.” Psalm 19: 14

The final words of the 19th Psalm have always been there with me and go, in so many ways, to the heart of Christian faith and life....

January 20, 2019

Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 36:5-10; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11

When I first came out of seminary, I was called to a large, suburban parish with a brand-new, gorgeous, acoustically brilliant worship space. The stained glass in this place is stunning and, as it is calle...

January 17, 2019

You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the LORD delights in you, and your land shall be married. Isaiah 62: 4

How apropos that on the Sunday where we...

January 13, 2019

Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

You are mine

There is an adorable meme going around Facebook that has a cute-as-pie toddler, bow on head, saying into a cell phone, with much expressiveness: “So, today in church, a guy in a dress tried to drown...

January 10, 2019

This Saturday at 6 pm, we will offer the film, Risen, which tells an interesting tale about the aftermath and resurrection of Jesus through the eyes of a Roman Tribune. I hope that you will try to join us. But I have been musing, of late, as we enter this time after th...

January 6, 2019

Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7,10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12

For the Sundays of Advent and Christmas we observed the three kings, moving toward the manger, not in any particular hurry. But they do move ever closer, irreversibly, irretrievably, and forever toward...

January 3, 2019

Clinging like sheep to the earth for protection,

We have not ventured far in any direction:

Wean, Child, our aging flesh away,

From it’s childish way.

--WH Auden, from For the Time Being

I’ve been reading WH Auden’s For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio. Auden wrote this...

January 1, 2019

The Feast of the Holy Name is not about remembering a baby, but remembering that the God whose name is unpronounceable, unspeakable, and ultimately unknowable, is the same God who comes to us in the person of Jesus who knows us, and loves us, and ultimately saves us. —...

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