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The Second Sunday of Advent

On this Sunday the Rev’d Marita Williams (assisting priest from Trinity, Cambridge) preached on John the Baptizer’s call to repentance: entering the wilderness (which could be internal) to sort out what ‘cleaning up’ we need to do to welcome the Saviour. The texts for the day can be viewed here: https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/texts.php?id=2 The video of the […]

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The 1st Sunday of Advent; Matthew 24:36-44

In the silence of a midwinter dusk there is far off in the deeps of it somewhere a sound so faint that for all you can tell it may be only the sound of the silence itself. You hold your breath to listen. You walk up the steps to the front door. The empty windows […]

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“Total Recall”: What to ‘Unforget’ about the Reign of Christ: Sunday, November 20, 2022

Reign of Christ/Christ the King: Jeremiah 23:1-6 Colossians 1:11-20 Luke 23:33-43 I see in the crucifixion the message ‘punishment must end.’ In my schema, revealed to me… [t]his whole sin-punishment system is a smokescreen for our enslavement…. The crucifixion story says, ‘they punish you and they kill even spotless God who couldn’t be in any […]

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Apocalypse and Uncovering: Sunday, November 13, 2022

The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost; Remembrance Sunday: Isaiah 65:17-25 Luke 21:5-19 Last year I shared a brief story from my friend Billie Anne, a retired teacher, whom I met during my theological studies. It seemed to have caught people’s attention at a retirement home service this past Friday, so I thought we might revisit it […]

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Diving into the Water: November 6, 2022

All Saints’ Sunday Ephesians 1:11-23 Luke 6:20-31 We were watching a movie recently where these explorers were travelling through claustrophobic underground tunnels. And they came to a confusing roadblock, with nowhere to go. But the young woman professor who was leading them looked down where no one else was, and saw that there was a […]

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