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December 29, 2019

Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7; John 1:1-18

What can I give Him, poor as I am?

If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;

If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;

Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.

(Last stanza, In the bleak midwinter, Christina Rosett...

December 26, 2019

Therefore, friends, select from among yourselves seven men of good standing, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this task while we, for our part, will devote ourselves to prayer and to serving the word.’ What they said pleased the whole community,...

December 25, 2019

Today is one of those days for which I have no words, really. Shocking, I know, to anyone who truly knows me that I would ever, ever run out of words …. But by Christmas morning, I have preached a funeral homily on Saturday, two sermons on Advent 4 (that’s was Sunday,...

December 24, 2019

Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14(15-20)

The older I get the more I realize that I am terribly sentimental. I am moved by nearly everything and cry much easier than I did in my youth. And Christmas is, perhaps, the most sentimental season of all for me. There are not many bett...

December 22, 2019

Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25

Now the birth of Jesus took place this way ... Kind of hints at the beginning of an authoritative story, doesn’t it? And then, it really doesn’t tell us about how Jesus was born; we are given a glimpse i...

December 19, 2019

The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. Isaiah 40:5

The first thing I saw when I looked at the Morning Office for today was the above little verse from Isaiah. We are (egads!) less than a week from Christmas morning, when we, offici...

December 15, 2019

Isaiah 35: 1-10; Matthew 2: 2-11

I am about to make a confession. In 1980, at the age of 17 (now I’m dating myself, as well) I was in the thrall of Australian metal-band AC/DC’s new album, Back in Black. The guitar riffs of lead guitarist Angus Young were to die for and...

December 12, 2019

Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord …. Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged … As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. James 5: 7, 10

I commend t...

December 8, 2019

Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12

There was a teacher who held a lemon and asked a student, “If I squeeze this lemon, what will come out?”

“Lemon juice,” she replied.

“Will orange juice come out?” he asked again.

“No,” she said.

“Why not?”...

December 5, 2019

I saw a wonderful movie with 15-16 amazing women on Tuesday. Yes, I unwittingly crashed the Women’s Night Out and saw A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the new movie that features Mr. Rogers but isn’t about Mr. Rogers, per se. The film begins with (no spoilers here,...

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