Tag Archives: joy

As God is my promise

What would the world be if we all acted as Elizabeth? How would it be if we were to greet everyone as Mary, the God-bearer, since we know that everyone who passes before us bears the image of God? Continue reading

Posted in Advent Meditations, lectionary reflection, sermon | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Advent joy

I was blessed to hear our deacon-in-training preach this morning, so instead of a sermon for Advent 2, I am sharing the reflection from the closing Eucharist of yesterday’s Advent Quiet Day at St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Lakewood, Ohio. The … Continue reading

Posted in Advent Meditations, lectionary reflection, meditation | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Year A Proper 23: come to the feast

There have been two weddings in this church in the past ten days, and three within three months. Each was its own blend of nervousness, family friendship, family friction, love, hope, and joy. Each of them was noticeable, in the … Continue reading

Posted in sermon | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

When is a door not a door?

Jesus is posing his listeners a riddle when he talks of himself in the language of the sheep pen. We only get part of the passage today; we don’t hear Jesus, today, call himself the Good Shepherd. That comes immediately … Continue reading

Posted in sermon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

To forgive is divine

the first in a short series on forgiveness. I’m really interested to hear your own stories, insights and opinions “To forgive is divine,” so they say. In some ways, it’s simple. Why forgive? we might ask, and we can enumerate … Continue reading

Posted in Forgiveness | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Good Friday

This, too, is the day that the Lord has made; shall we, then, be glad in it?

Posted in Holy Days, poetry | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Blue Christmas homily

I remember one Christmas Eve years ago, when I was a Sunday School teacher trying to wrangle small children dressed as shepherds and herd animals dressed as small children and deal with both kings and wise guys and try not … Continue reading

Posted in homily, story | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment