I don’t tell people what to do with their bodies in worship

My first Sunday at my current Church I stood in front of the congregation before the service began introducing myself, asking for patience as I learn what they do, then I took a big breath and said,“You need to know something about how I celebrate a service.  Anglican worship is full of movement.  We sit, […]

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When the Church is Dangerous

Reflecting on predators in the Church This week was the third time.  The other day I was talking with local clergy colleagues about how society has made safety into an idol.  We discussed how the Gospel calls us to make sacrifices and take risks.  That our lives, even apart from the Gospel, can never be […]

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The sheep outside, Easter 4 2017

Morsels & Stories: I read from the introduction to Rabbi Kushner’s reflection on psalm 23, The Lord is my Shepherd.   Sermon:  I remember a story we read about a month ago about Samuel heading off to anoint the boy out in the field with the sheep.   The lessons can be found by clicking […]

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Ash Wednesday 2017

The Gospel for Ash Wednesday begins with, perhaps, the most Anglican verse, “Beware of practicing your piety before others.”  But Jesus is getting at a lot more than where we pray.     The lessons for Ash Wednesday can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21     Listen:

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Salty, February 2017

Morsels & Stories: I talked about why and how we clean up after communion.   Sermon: Why salt isn’t like other spices.     The lessons for today can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Matthew 5:13-20.   Listen:

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Scruffy Dogs in God’s Kingdom, Jan 2017

Morsels & Stories: We took some time to brainstorm all of the ways the Holy Spirit is active in St Peter’s.   Sermon: I tell a story about my dog, a stray dog, and the odd ways the Holy Spirit works.   The lessons for today can be found by clicking here.  I worked most […]

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Brave Lambs and Trustworthy Lions, Advent 2 2016

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?     […]

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City of Peace, Nov 2016

Morsels & Stories:  I read a short excerpt from Glennon Doyle Melton’s memoir Love Warrior.  You can find her blog here.   Sermon: I join Isaiah in talking about Jerusalem, (ירושלים in Hebrew), the City of Peace.   The lessons for today can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Isaiah 65: 17-25. […]

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The Widow’s Justice; God’s Justice, October 2016

Morsels & Stories: I read from The Spy on Noah’s Ark.  Deborah’s story can be found in Judges 4 and 5.   Sermon: It’s the complex parallel of the Unjust Judge or the Persistent Widow.  We consider some of the levels of meaning in the story and ask about God’s justice.   The lessons for today […]

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The Potter’s Flower Miracles, Sept 2016

Morsels & Stories: I talked about one interpretation of “the sacrifice of praise” and mention a favourite CS Lewis quote. Sermon: I tackle Jeremiah in the potter’s house.  What doesn’t it mean? How might we listen better to my favourite grouchy prophet? (The picture is something I mention in the sermon.) The lessons for today […]

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