Monthly Archives: December 2016

Christmas Day 2016

merry-christmas2016Morsels & Stories: I read a story/long poem.

 

Sermon:  John definitely has the most esoteric version of the Christmas Story.  And I love it.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with John 1:1-14.

 

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Christmas Eve 2016

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I usually post sermons in audio format, and while Christmas Eve’s sermon did record, I’m posting the text.  I wrote it as an invitation both to Christmas and to reflection.  I think that works better if you can follow along at your own speed.

Merry Christmas!

I hope your meal plans have been made or delicious.
That your decorations are hung and gorgeous.
And that your family is getting along wonderfully, or reasonably practicing civility.
And if your Christmas doesn’t look like that, know the only thing hung in my living room is laundry that needs to be put away,
and
Know that I hope Christmas comes with joy and celebrating in your life, however that looks for you.

I do have one request, if you will humour me. Take time to stop in front of your creche (if you don’t have one, we have one here that is all of ours).
Look at the young mother with her baby, whose husband is not the biological father.
They know odd family moments and tension.
Picture their surroundings–far from home, w/o family or a proper crib for the babe.
They know loneliness, last minute arrangements, and making do.
Consider the shepherds who came to visit: unwashed, the dregs of society (just in case someone thought not putting them in the best room was a mistake), bring sheep with them.
They know feeling out of place.
Think back on the angelic announcement that led the shepherds here.
They know responding to a divine call to uncharacteristic behaviour.
Look down the road and see if you can spot the Magi, making their way from afar.
They know risking much on nothing but hope.
Look up at the angels, singing for a newborn. The only ones who already sea king.
They know joy and celebration.

It is my sincere and deep hope that Christmas come with joy, peace, and love in your lives, every year and especially this year.

But know, as you take this moment in front of the creche, there is space for all of us, in all our states around the manger.
The Christ Child came for and amidst all the strange, hard, demanding, and wonderful moments in our lives.

Amen and Alleluia.

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Blue Christmas 2016

blue-christmasA Blue Christmas, or longest night, service is a time and place for those for whom the holidays are lonely, sad, and hard. St Peter’s offers this with the knowledge that the holiday season can be incredibly painful and the faith that God is with us in those blue moments.

 

Here is the sermon I preached.

 

 

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The Most Right Decision, Advent 4 2016

making-the-most-right-choiceMorsels & Stories: I talked a bit about what the canons (which can be found here) have to say about the responsibilities of the vestry.

 

Sermon: Matthew’s story about how Jesus was born focuses on Joseph and a dream.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Matthew 1:18-25.

 

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Forerunner, Advent 3 2016

have-you-heardMorsels & Stories: I read “Magi” from Edward Hays’ The Ethiopian Tattoo Shop.

 

 

Sermon: John’s disciples ask Jesus a simple question and get a complicated answer.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Matthew 11:2-11.

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Brave Lambs and Trustworthy Lions, Advent 2 2016

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Morsels & Stories: I talk about Matthew 3:3.  Or Isaiah 40:3.  And the comma that differentiates them. (Spoiler Matthew is quoting Isaiah in this verse.)

 

 

Sermon:  How brave must the lamb be to walk in to lie down with the lion?  How trustworthy must the lion be to let the lamb live?

 

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Isaiah 11:1-10.

 

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