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What the world needs now

“Don’t be afraid,” says Jesus, “From now on you will be catching people.” Simon, James, and John looked at the great crowd gathered on the sea shore to hear Jesus, to see Jesus, to find Jesus. And they put down their nets, and followed Jesus into the country, into the crowd, who needed more than anything to know the presence of the living God among them. Continue reading

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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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Year A Advent 3

John sends a message from prison. Whether he is worried, depressed, or angry we don’t know; but he asks, through his disciples, “Are you the one, or are we still waiting for somebody else?” John has already told the whole … Continue reading

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Maundy Thursday: the sacrament of love

Ambrose, Bishop of Milan in one of the early centuries of the church, believed that the washing of feet instituted by Jesus was as sacramental, as important and as necessary as the two sacraments that the churches have all ended … Continue reading

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Bartimaeus and friends

A sermon from my rather limited archives, preached at St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Lakewood, OH, in October 2009 This morning’s readings are full of happy endings. Job’s fortunes are restored, and Bartimaeus, once blind, can now see. But these happy … Continue reading

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Year B Proper 22: Little children

A sermon for my first Sunday at Church of the Epiphany, Euclid, Ohio – October 7, 2012 I think that, with your indulgence, I’ll save talking about Jesus’ take on divorce and remarriage for when we have got to know … Continue reading

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Year B Proper 21: salted with fire

It was bedtime, so I gave the fire a stir to make sure it really was dying down, and of course, as fires are wont to do when stirred up, it sprang back into life. So the cat and I … Continue reading

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Saturday, December 3rd: Harassed and helpless

From today’s Eucharistic lectionary: “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36) What images does this conjure up for you? Christmas shoppers? Pepper-sprayed protesters? Cardboard … Continue reading

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