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Grace for Discipline, Lent 2018

Lent 1 Collect.pngMorsels & Stories: I talked about the liturgical life-cycle of palms.

Sermon: I preached on the collect today.

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Ash Wednesday 2018

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Dear friends in Christ, every year at the time of the Christian Passover we celebrate our redemption through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Lent is a time to prepare for this celebration and to renew our life in the paschal mystery. We begin this holy season by remembering our need for repentance, and for the mercy and forgiveness proclaimed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We begin our journey to Easter with the sign of ashes, an ancient sign, speaking of the frailty and uncertainty of human life, and marking the penitence of the community as a whole. I invite you therefore, in the name of the Lord, to observe a holy Lent by self-examination, penitence, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, and by reading and meditating on the word of God. Let us kneel before our Creator and Redeemer.

 

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We Pray for Freedom, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Prayer guided by the Holy Spirit leads us to bring freedom and justice to our world.This year I got to offer a homily at the Westmount Christian Council’s, our local ecumenical group, service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
The texts were Exodus 15:1-21, Psalm 118, Romans 8:12-27, Mark 5:21-43.  I read Exodus and my sermon went somewhere I wasn’t expecting.

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To Transfigure the World, February 2018

We carry God's love to othersMorsels & Stories: We talked a bit about Lenten practices.  This was pretty interactive and I did my best to help the mic get everything.  Thank you for your patience.

 

Sermon:  Peter gets it wrong many many times.  This time I think we need to give him some slack…

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Mark 9:2-9.

 

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Community, Sin, and Forgiveness, January 2018

People hurt each otherMorsels & Stories: I read a story about commandments from  The Spy on Noah’s Ark: Bible Stories from the Inside Out.

 

Sermon:  Paul seems to advocate for vegetarianism and I talk about Martin Luther.

 

The lessons for today can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with 1 Corinthians 8:1-13.

 

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Called to Newness, January 2018

When our world changesMorsels & Stories: I read a story from Does God have a Big Toe?

 

Sermon:  I ponder my enjoyment of prequels and what would have helped Simon, Andrew, James, and John leave their families, their jobs, and how they’d learned to be faithful.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Mark 1:14-20.

 

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Room for the Helpless, January 2018

welcome for the cynical, snarky, and hopelessMorsels & Stories:  I talked about Paul’s comment in “All thing are lawful, but not all things are beneficial.”  We discussed Paul, breastfeeding, and diet options.

Sermon: Jesus greets Nathanael in an interesting way and why Nathanael has been giving me hope this week.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here (link).  I worked most closely with John 1:43-51.

 

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Speaking Love into Chaos, Baptism of Our Lord 2018

God speaks love into our chaosMorsels & Stories: I read “Magi” from Edward Hays’ The Ethiopian Tattoo Shop.

 

 

Sermon: In our baptism God speaks love into our chaos, which is what God does.

 

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Genesis 1:1-5.

 

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The Romance of Christmas, Christmas Eve 2017

ChristmasThis is not a good plan to save the world….

 

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Could the world be about to turn? Advent 4 2017


This morning I told the story of the annunciation and the visitation.  Luke 1:26-56.  For the Magnificat we sang the Canticle of the Turning.

Rory Cooney wrote some reflections on this rendition of the Magnificat here (link).

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