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Easter Day; Mark 16:1-8

It’s an old joke – an infrequent church-attending Christian complains, “The church never changes; every time I go there they have lilies and talk about Resurrection!” Well, we are at our 2nd pandemic Easter and yes, we have a few lilies and other flowers, and we are still talking about Resurrection. It’s been over a […]

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Backbiting and Snakebiting: The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Sunday, March 14, 2021: Numbers 21:4-9 Ephesians 2:1-10 John 3:14-21 The special name for today is “Laetare Sunday,” meaning “rejoice,” which comes from a verse that was traditionally part of the liturgy’s introduction. We’re halfway through Lent, as well, so it’s seen as a time to take a bit of a breather from the seriousness […]

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God, Our Neighbour, and the Sabbath: The Third Sunday in Lent

Sunday, March 7, 2021: Exodus 20:1-17 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 John 2:13-22 We all know groups that have mission statements; professions or colleges with codes of ethics; organizations (like our diocese) abiding by a constitution and canons; and if you dig through the Book of Common Prayer you’ll find that it recommends that Christians figure out […]

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An “Unwavering” Faith: The Second Sunday in Lent

Sunday, February 28, 2021: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 Romans 4:13-25 Mark 8:31-38 Here’s what I heard as I sat with our readings this week: – God said to Abraham: “Walk before me, and be blameless.” – “No distrust made [Abraham] waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave […]

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Lent as Life, not Punishment: The First Sunday in Lent

Sunday, February 21, 2021: Genesis 9:8-17 1 Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:9-15 There have been a lot of interesting and helpful discussions about Lent recently. How do you do Lent when last year’s Lent never really stopped? (And related, how will we celebrate Easter if, like some predictions are saying, a third wave will hit us […]

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