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Proper 14C – Faith

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Proper 14 August 11, 2013 Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16; Luke 12:32-40 Faith is a concept that is both central to our life as Christians and at the same time problematic.  We know faith is important and yet most of us resist really giving it ‘pride of place’ in our lives.  I suspect some of that is more »

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Proper 13C – Baptism & New Life

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Proper 13C, August 4, 2013, Hosea 11:1–11; Psalm 107:1–9, 43; Colossians 3:1–11; Luke 12:13–21 Today we have the privilege of welcoming little Olivia into the household of God. In baptism we sometimes use the imagery of new birth. Of course, that image makes more sense when we’re talking about the baptism of an adult who’s more »

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Epiphany 4C – Hard Truth

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Epiphany 4C – February 3, 2012 – St. Anselm’s Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; 1 Corinthians 14:12b-20; Luke 4:21-32 Barbara Brown Taylor tells the story of a time when she went to a weekend workshop.  The opening exercise was to share a story of someone who had been Christ in your life.  One after another people more »

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Epiphany 3C – The Body of Christ

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Epiphany 3C, January 2, 2013, St. Anselm’s Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21 Today’s passage from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians is one that is probably familiar to anyone who has been a Christian for a while.  One of the reasons this passage is so popular is that the central more »

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Epiphany 2C – The Wedding at Cana

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

Epiphany 2C – January 20, 2013 – St. Anselm’s Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 36: 5-10; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-1 In today’s gospel, Jesus goes to a wedding and takes ordinary water and transforms it into great wine. According to the gospel of John, this changing of water into wine was the first of Jesus’ miracles; more »

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Baptism of the Lord

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Baptism of Christ, Jan 13, 2013, St. Anselm’s Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Every year, on this first Sunday after Epiphany, we commemorate the baptism of Jesus. It was clearly an important story for the early church since it’s included, or at least alluded to, in all four gospels.  At his more »

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Christmas Day 2012

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Christmas Day 2012 Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-4 [5-12]; John 1:1-14 On Christmas Day we read the ‘other’ Christmas story   When we think of Christmas we tend to think of the familiar story from Luke of Mary and Joseph, the baby in the manger, the shepherds with their sheep, the angels and angel choirs, more »

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Christmas Eve – Hope, Love, Joy & Peace

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Christmas Eve 2012 Isaiah 9:2-7; Ps. 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20 During the four Sundays of Advent we’ve been looking at the themes of hope, love, joy and peace.  Advent is a time of preparing for the celebration of Christmas, and these four themes come to fulfillment tonight. Tonight’s gospel is familiar for most of more »

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Advent 4C – Peace

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Advent 4C – December 23, 2012 Micah 5-2-5a; Luke 1:47-55; Hebrews 10-5-10; Luke 1:39-45 Today, on this last Sunday of Advent, we’re celebrating the Sunday of Peace.  Along with hope, joy and love, peace is something we long to have more of in our world.  We talk a lot about ‘peace on earth’ at Christmas.  more »

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Advent 3C – Joy

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Advent 3C, December 16, 2012, St. Anselm’s Zephaniah 3:14-20; Isaiah 12:2-6; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18 Well, here we are on the Sunday of Joy, and I’ll bet that most of us aren’t feeling very joyful.  At Christmas there’s lots of talk about ‘joy’ but I think we mostly don’t really understand what joy is.  We more »

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