Monthly Archives: November 2016

The Feast of St Andrew

“No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe.” (Deuteronomy 30:14) “And he said to them, ‘Follow me …’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him.” (Matthew … Continue reading

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Advent light

A sermon for the First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2016, at the Church of the Epiphany, Euclid, Ohio. Year A Advent 1: Isaiah 2:1-5 Romans 13:11-14 Matthew 24:36-44  When we have finished the act of Baptism with water, and … Continue reading

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Beacon blessings 

The Collect for the First Sunday in Advent calls upon God for  the grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light. When we handed the infant child baptized last week a lit candle, … Continue reading

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So you want to give thanks …

… but you do not want to deny your grief, for the loss of life, and love, and hope that you have suffered. You want to give thanks, but you are afraid of becoming faithless, betraying your pain. It is … Continue reading

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Beating a retreat

Saturday, daybreak. It is a rare day on which I wake up alone, with no plan except to write, and read, and dream. I am still dreaming at daybreak (of cabinets in the church basement, and their mysterious removal) when … Continue reading

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Stealing a blessing

Christ the King Sunday arrives with less pomp and circumstance than ambiguous authority; a compromised crown; the scandal of the crucifixion. Yet there is a promise to be heard: not only that we, like the thief on the cross whose … Continue reading

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Be still and know

Because it is in silence that we hear behind the chaos of our own hearts the stillness of God suspended awaiting our creation

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“Do not be weary of doing what is right”

The work hasn’t changed since last week. But some of the challenges have. Continue reading

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Weary blessings

I apologize for skipping last week’s lectionary-based blessing post. I was overwhelmed by the choices – All Saints’ or Proper 27? Track 1 or Track 2? Narrative Lectionary or RCL? Actually, that last one’s a bit of red herring, because … Continue reading

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The next day

What a difference a day makes. Yesterday, the sun was shining and the weather was warm as I crossed the street to cast my vote in the presidential election. I didn’t get a whole lot of sleep last night; stayed … Continue reading

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