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The 3rd Sunday of Easter; The Collect, John 21:1-19

Quite some years ago I officiated at a wedding (of friends), and clothing was one of the more serious problems that plagued that particular bride and groom in their planning. You see, it was a second marriage for the bride, and a first marriage for the groom, and it seems there are strict rules of […]

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The 1st Sunday in Lent; Luke 4:1-13

Maya Angelou, who died about 5 years ago at age 86, was an African-American author, essayist, poet, singer, and civil rights activist. She was also an actor, appearing in, among other things, the mini-series Roots. Spiritual, passionate, witty, she was and still is well-known and loved in her native country; sadly, she is less well […]

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The 6th Sunday after Epiphany; Luke 6:17-26 (Jeremiah 17:5-10)

In a Kurdish folk tale1 a person walking along the ocean shore came upon a man sitting on a rock, with a large chest filled with gold coins beside him. Every so often, the man would pick up one of the coins, look at it closely, turn it around in his hand several times, feel […]

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The Baptism of the Lord [10:00 a.m. Holy Communion with Renewal of Baptismal Vows]; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

A theologian-friend, as part of a research project, developed a questionnaire that began, “Please indicate which of the following statements about Jesus could possibly be true.” Then followed items such as, “The baby Jesus occasionally had diarrhea, and required constant changing;” “The infant Jesus once in a while had colic, and screamed the house down;” […]

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The Baptism of the Lord [8:00 a.m. Holy Communion]; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

In the Orthodox Churches the important truth at this time of year is not that our Lord was born, but that he was manifested to humanity as the incarnate God. Therefore the great festival among Orthodox Christians is not Christmas (Jan 7 this year), but Epiphany. On that day (Jan 19 this year), two manifestations […]

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