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Thursday, 29 January 2015 18:00

The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Deuteronomy 18.15-20            Psalm 111                    1 Corinthians 8.1-13                            Mark 1.21-28
           
May the Lord be in my mind, on my lips, and in my heart, thatI may rightly and truly proclaim His holy Word.  Amen.
 
The Gospel of Mark reads like a screen play, with an emphasis on action, action all joined by the connecting phrase “and immediately”.  In our lesson today we are in the midst of a busy day in Capernaum.  It’s a busy day.  The action unfolds in just seven verses, describing dramatic events.  Jesus teaches with authority.  Jesus encounters the possessed man.  The demon is exorcized and departs.  The crowd are amazed.  In sum, Jesus’ authority is demonstrated in word and in deed.
Saturday, 24 January 2015 18:00

The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Jonah 3.1-5, 10                        Psalm 62.6-14              1 Corinthians 7.29-31                          Mark 1.14-20
 
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.
 
 
Imagine for a minute that you are at work or sitting at home and the telephone rings.  The caller is someone you know very well.  Someone who has been through a lot with you, and proved himself or herself to be not only utterly honest and reliable, but wise, giving, insightful, and maybe even lucky.  This person has the talent or the Midas touch to succeed in whatever they do.  And now he or she is on the phone, saying that they have found the most remarkable opportunity for success they have ever seen.  He’s saying for you to drop what you are doing, quit your job, move with him to where the opportunity exists.  She’s saying that she is putting all her money into the idea.
Saturday, 17 January 2015 18:00

The Second Sunday after the Epiphany

1 Samuel 3.1-20                   Psalm 139.1-5, 12-17                  1 Corinthians 6.12-20               John 1.43-51
 
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.
 
 
“Follow me.”  That’s what Jesus says to Philip in today’s Gospel.  That’s the essence of what Jesus says to each of us.  Follow me.  He says, “Follow me” that you may know me, and love me, and serve me, as I know and love and serve you.  Follow me.  In order to follow, we must have an encounter with a person.  And when we do follow our Lord, how is this manifested?  How, in the words of the Collect, does “the radiance of Christ’s glory” shine in us, that the Lord “may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth ...”?
Saturday, 03 January 2015 18:00

The Second Sunday after Christmas

Jeremiah 31.7-14                     Psalm 84                      Ephesians 1.3-6, 15-19a                  Matthew 2.1-12
 
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.
 
It is a persistent male fantasy–at least among men of my generation–to be asked by a beautiful woman what it is that you do, and to be able to reply, casually, that you are a fighter pilot, or a brain surgeon, or perhaps something like “I have my own venture capital company.”  Being dashing and powerful, and with unlimited resources, is a pretty common fantasy.  But let’s draw a distinction between fantasy–what we know not to be real–and the present reality of what will come to pass in the future. 
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