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Wednesday, 24 December 2014 18:00

Feast of the Holy Nativity

 
1st Mass:          Isaiah 9.2-4, 6-7            Psalm 96                       Titus 2.11-14                     Luke 2.1-20
2nd Mass:        Isaiah 62.6-7, 10-12       Psalm 97                       Titus 3.4-7                        Luke 2.1-20
3rd Mass:         Isaiah 52.7-10               Psalm 98                       Hebrews 1.1-12                            John 1.1-14
 
Behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
 
Episcopalians can at times seem to be all members of one rather large family.  It is certainly common that people in different parishes of a diocese know each other.  In the time-honored practice of “connections,” once you mention a friend in another town it’s pretty common to find that a connection is made through that friend to someone else who turns out to know you or your family.  It’s a small world and a small Church, whether you are one born and raised an Episcopalian or one who joined the Church later in life.  And in this small world you often hear stories about church life from other parishes.
Friday, 19 December 2014 18:00

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

2 Sam. 7.1-11, 16                Ps. 89.1-4, 19-26                 Romans 16.25-27                Luke 1.26-38
 
May the Lord be in my mind, on my lips, and in my heart, that I may rightly and truly proclaim His holy Word.  Amen.
 
“The lights are on, but nobody’s home.”  Most of us have heard or even used that expression to refer to someone who appears or acts as though they don’t have a clue about life.  Most of us know somebody about whom the expression is pretty accurate, and right now are thinking about that person as an example.  But let’s dissect the phrase:  We’re not talking about a vacant house, in the sense of a house that we know to be unoccupied, a house with all windows blackened and newspapers piled on the driveway.  No, we’re talking about a house that appears lived in; it appears that a person is in there.  When we use the metaphor about a real person we speak of one who appears to be a real person, but who lacks some fundamental spark of life, of engagement.
Friday, 12 December 2014 18:00

The Third Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 61.1-4, 8-11          Canticle 3                1 Thessalonians 5.16-24                 John 1.6-8, 19-28
 
May the Lord be in my mind, on my lips, and in my heart, that I may rightly and truly proclaim His holy Word.  Amen.
 
In today’s Collect we remind ourselves that Advent is a season of penitence, admitting before God that “...we are sorely hindered by our sins ...”  When we think of sin, and when we confess our sins, it is natural to think in terms of the language we use in confession, of things “... done ... and left undone ...”  It is natural to think in terms of God’s commandments for how we are to live.  And so, today, I would like to focus on the commandment of our Lord that we ignore more than any other.
Saturday, 06 December 2014 18:00

Second Sunday in Advent


 
Isaiah 40.1-11                  Psalm 85.1-2, 8-13                    2 Peter 3.8-15a                        Mark 1.1-8
 
May the Lord be in my mind, on my lips, and in my heart, that I may rightly and truly proclaim His holy Word.  Amen.
 
“And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together ...” (Isa. 40.5).  The voice of the prophet Isaiah rings across these twenty-six centuries, rings out in a wilderness of sin and despair.  His is no voice from history only, but a voice which cries out now.  What does the prophet cry?  “’Behold your God!’  Behold, the Lord God comes with might ...” (Isa. 40.9-10).  And what is this might?  That the Lord “... will feed his flock like a shepherd” (Isa. 40.11), that “... he is speaking peace to his faithful people and to those who turn their hearts to him” (Ps. 85.8).