Monthly Archives: December 2012

First Sunday after Christmas, 2012

The lessons for Sunday can be found by clicking here. I worked most closely with Galatians 3:23-25;4:4-7.

Disciplinarian. I don’t react well to the concept. So Paul telling us that we are free is great. Well, mostly.

(There will be a few moments of silence before the sermon begins. Thank you for your patience.)

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Christmas, 2012

The lessons for Christmas can be found by clicking here. I worked with both John 1:1-14 and Isaiah 52:7-10.

Christmas: it’s not about the shoes. (But I wore great ones)
Xmas shoes

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Advent 4, 2012

The lessons for Sunday can be found by clicking here. I worked most closely with Luke 1:39-55.

I love the Magnificat (now), but today I am struck by the space between Gabriel’s announcement and Mary’s song.

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SR: Kindness, God’s love, and a tragedy

Sermon Review

Link: Advent 3, 2012

Summary of what I was saying and why:
I spent the first part of the week pondering kindness and what we are fully called to as Christians. After the school shooting in Newton, I wound up changing the end of the sermon.

Theology: Divine love
Jesus Count: low
Good News: Kindness is hard and we are called to much more.
What did I change on my feet?
Despite all the work I did on Saturday, I was still reworking most things on my feet.

What didn’t work/what did I miss? And What did work?
This week, with the enormity of confusion and grief following the shooting in Newton, I don’t know how to answer these questions. Any words are too meager, too small.

Other sermons I liked:
Several places are collecting links to sermons addressing the shooting in Newton.
The Diocese of Connecticut
Episcopal Cafe has links and excerpts to several.

A couple others:
Bishop Epting who may have been a out where I was.
Priest Funston who takes grief and gun violence head on.
Priest Lucas. I still can’t make it past his statement that Christianity isn’t an explanation but a response.

Any words are too meager and too small, all words are pointless. But maybe somewhere in these attempts we can all find a few words to help us.

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Advent 3, 2012

The lessons for Sunday can be found by clicking here. I worked most closely with Luke 3:7-18.

Kindness, God’s love, and a tragedy.

(There will be a few moments of silence before the sermon begins. Thank you for your patience.)

Listen: Advent 3, 2012

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SR We are? prepared

Sermon Review

Link: Advent 2, Year C 2012

Summary of what I was saying and why:
John calls us to be prepared for what is coming. And, by virtue of our baptism, we are.

Theology: Baptismal
Jesus Count: moderate
Good News: We have been baptized and are ready.
What did I change on my feet?
Not a lot.

What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I skipped a couple of nonessential paragraphs.

What did work?
I enjoyed the way I framed the sermon. Beginning with the first part of the Gospel and then recasting it for today’s world.
I am also a fan of the way this sermon works from/with last weeks. I strongly recommend listening to both.

Other sermons I liked:
Deacon Pam
About discovering the layers if Advent

Bishop Rickel
about being thankful and the wilderness

The Rev Funston
There’s something very appropriate about a lyric based sermon for the season

The Rev Garner
Domesday Preppers and the song of Zechariah

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Advent 2, 2012

The lessons for Sunday can be found by clicking here. I worked most closely with Luke 3:1-6.

John calls us all to be prepared. And we are.

(There will be a few moments of silence before the sermon starts.  Thank you for your patience.)

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SR: There will be (are) signs

Sermon Review

Link: Advent 1, 2012

Summary of what I was saying and why:
It’s the first Sunday if Advent and we have Jesus talking about signs. Unpleasant signs.
As Christians we a to be signs of God’s love in this world.

Theology: echscatology, living faith
Jesus Count: high
Good News: Jesus’s promise may include chaos, but it is not about chaos.
What did I change on my feet?
I had originally thought about using the Five Marks of Mission, but I made a last minute swap.

What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I’m pretty sure I forgot to mention “seek and serve Christ in all persons” specifically. It’s a little thing but I noticed.

What did work?
I loved tying the Baptismal Covenant in on Advent 1. I also thought that there was a nice thread of continuity between last week and this sermon.

Other sermons I liked:
The Rev Linman
Advent, a Baptism, and the liturgy in one sermon!
Did anyone else see the Sesame Street movie the museum and the Egyptian afterlife? I loved that movie.

The Rev Pankey
“Faith in God is always faith in something that is certainly going to happen, but I’d place that kind of waiting into a third category”

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Advent 1, 2012

The lessons for Sunday can be found by clicking here. I worked most closely with Luke 21:25-35.

There will be signs, Jesus says. But I don’t like the signs he talks about. And what sort of signs are we suppose to be?

(There will be a few moments of silence before the sermon begins. Thank you for your patience.)

Listen: Advent 1, 2012

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