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The 2nd Sunday after Epiphany; 1 Samuel 3:1-10, John 1:43-51

In church language, we often speak of “vocation”, literally “calling”, using phrases like, “I feel called to this task, or ministry”. Clergy speak of themselves, as “called by God to ordained ministry.” I use it myself; but sometimes it feels presumptuous to me. Given the biblical readings on this Sunday, it feels like a good […]

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A New Beginning, A New Creation: The Baptism of Christ

Sunday, January 10, 2021: Genesis 1:1-5 Acts of the Apostles 19:1-7 Mark 1:4-11 I don’t know about you, but today it seems like we can really feel the limitations of the present moment. It’s hard for the internet to replicate the experience of the movement of turning and facing the font, the sound of the […]

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Darkness Covers the Earth, but Light Has Come: Epiphany

Sunday, January 3, 2021 (anticipating The Epiphany): Isaiah 60:1-6 Ephesians 3:1-12 Matthew 2:1-12 “Epiphany.” The day in the Christian year we celebrate today, but also a word that is reasonably common and familiar to us. It’s a feeling or a moment of realization, or understanding. Maybe self-understanding. And we’re the better for it. Something that […]

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A Baby, A Light, and A Hazelnut: The First Sunday after Christmas

Sunday, December 27, 2020: Luke 2:22-40: In the Christmas story we hear that people keep being drawn to the child Jesus. The shepherds that occupy a place on the fringe of the city, and perhaps society. In time, the magi, the scholars from a different place and culture. And today, Simeon and Anna are brought […]

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Carrying Love, Being God-Bearers: The Feast of the Incarnation (morning)

Friday, December 25, 9:00 AM: Hebrews 1:1-12 John 1:1-14 I came across an article in The New York Times a few days ago: “Once a Slogan of Unity, ‘Je Suis Charlie’ Now Divides France.” You’ll recall the background context: the 2015 terrorist attack on the office of a small satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, following its […]

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