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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 Advent 4, Elizabeth, Euclid, God-bearer, immigration, joy, Mary, refugees, the visitation Leave a comment
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 Advent, joy, Matthew 3:12, RS Thomas, WH Auden, Year A Advent 2 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 Communion, Isaiah 25:1-9, joy, matthew 22:1-14, parable, Philippians 4:1-9, the wedding feast 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 Boko Haram, Cleveland, gate, I am, Jesus, joy, kidnapping, Michelle Knight, Mother's Day, Nigeria, Pharisees, sheep, shepherd, thieves and bandits 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
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This, too, is the day that the Lord has made; shall we, then, be glad in it?
Posted in holy days, poetry Tagged Good Friday, haiku, joy, psalm 118:24, sorrow 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
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