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Mercy, not Merits: Sunday, August 20, 2023

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost: Genesis 45:1-15 Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 Matthew 15:10-28 One time I was on holidays in New York City with my father. We got a bit lost in the northern part of the city. (I think we were looking for the church where Thomas Merton was baptized.) We came across a lady […]

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Faith, Fear, and Doubt: Sunday, August 13, 2023

The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 Romans 10:5-15 Mattthew 14:22-33 “[A]fter [Jesus] had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone…” It comes up from time to time in the Gospels: Jesus sometimes needed a break. A break from his work of […]

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The Uncreated Light and the Tidal Wave of Love: Sunday, August 6, 2023

Transfiguration of the Lord (Holy Day): Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 2 Peter 1:16-19 Luke 9:28-36 There’s a story that comes down to us from the desert, in the early centuries of the Church. A young Christian goes to an older, experienced one, and says: “As best I can I say my prayers, I fast a bit, […]

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Do Not Be Afraid (of bummer scripture passages): Sunday, June 25, 2023

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Genesis 21:8-21 Romans 6:1b-11 Matthew 10:24-39 Forgive me for repeating myself — but it’s probably one of the things that’s helpful for us to have in our ‘quick access’ part of our brains: Jacob was a descendent of Abraham and Sarah, and you might recall, eventually came to be renamed […]

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The Trinity of Hospitality, Mission, and Friendship: Sunday, June 18, 2023

The Third Sunday after Pentecost: Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7; Romans 5:1-8; Matthew 9:35 – 10:23 MEMBERS of the congregation arriving for church last Sunday at St Mary and St Peter’s, Tidenham, near Chepstow, turned disadvantage into celebration after finding that vandals had superglued the church-door locks shut. The vandals had poured adhesive into the locks of the church’s […]

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