Fear Not, Advent 2019

I love Joseph.  We get such a tiny tantalizing snippet of his story.  Outside of the figurines in nativity sets, we can completely ignore him.  But today I got to spend some time with him. I worked most closely with Matthew 1.18-25 (link). Listen:

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Patience, Advent 2019

In Advent we wait.  We remember the waiting before Jesus’s birth.  We wait for Jesus’s return.  The most common advice I’ve heard while waiting is to be patient.  But I don’t think Advent, or faith, work quite like that. The lessons can be found here (link).  I worked most closely with James 5.7-10. Listen:

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God’s Harmony, Advent 2019

St Paul writes, “May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus.”  I have a clear memory of the first time I heard harmony and realized it wasn’t every voice doing the same thing. The lessons can be found by clicking here (link).  […]

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Hope in Us, Advent 2019

Jesus is quite clear that we need to be ready, and that it is our work to be ready.  What kind of ready is Jesus asking for? I worked most closely with Matt 24.36-44.  The lessons can be found here (link). Listen:  

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Waiting in Awe and Wonder, Advent 3 2018

Morsels & Stories: We practiced and talked about waiting. Sermons: I’m pretty sure John the Baptist was the only person waiting in awe and wonder for Jesus last time.  Which disturbs me because John was…unique. The lessons can be found by clicking here (link). I worked most closely with the collect and Luke 3:7-18. Listen:

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Christmas Jammies, Advent 2018

Morsels & Stories: A few weeks ago we talked about when the offertory was blessed.  When do the blessings end? Sermon:  What Christmas Jammies have to do with the reading from Baruch? The lessons can be found by clicking here (link).  I worked most closely with Baruch 5:1-9. Listen:  

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Who are you? Advent 3 2017

Morsels & Stories:  I read from Edward Hays’ The Ethiopian Tattoo Shop.   Sermon:  When people are sent to figure out who John is, John never quite answers the question asked.   The lessons can be found by clicking here.  (link)  I worked most closely with John 1:6-8 19-28.   Listen: 

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Comfort, Advent 2 2017

Stories & Morsels:  I talked about Advent wreaths, some of their history and offered some suggestions for how to incorporate them into your Advent practice.  St Lucy’s feast day is indeed the 13th of December.  There are tons more options if you google “Advent Wreath” with lighting or liturgy. Sermon:  Our Isaiah passage is the […]

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The Most Right Decision, Advent 4 2016

Morsels & 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 […]

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Forerunner, Advent 3 2016

Morsels & 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. Listen:

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