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About don

The Rev Don Hill is an Episcopal priest, rail fan and writer. He and his wife the Rev. Dr. Nancy Woodworth-Hill are currently Co-Pastors of St Paul's Episcopal Church, Jeffersonville IN, in the Diocese of Indianapolis. They also work as parish consultants in Appreciative Inquiry, strategic planning and spirituality development for parishes and vestries.

Nic(odemus) at Night

If I was to provide a title for the Gospel on Trinity Sunday (Jesus & Nicodemus) I think it would be “Nick at Night.” Nicodemus a leader of Jerusalem came under cover of darkness to see Jesus. He did not … Continue reading

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“Everyone wants to go to heaven but no one wants to die…”

The last sentence of the portion of the Gospel of Mark’s description of the women at the tomb reads “So they fled from the tomb for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone for they … Continue reading

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Good Friday Reflection

There are days when it might be possible to imagine that we are basically good people and that our society is much more humane and compassionate than during the time the Gospels were written. It might even be possible for … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday Parades

There were two processions that day. The first included Pontius Pilate the Roman Governor escorted by the roman legions that arrived every year in Jerusalem to strengthen the garrison there to prevent any uprisings during the celebration of Passover. Passover … Continue reading

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The 10 Commandments & Jesus

Over recent decades we have heard of a number of controversies about the public display of the 10 commandments. Lawsuits were filed and courts have weighed in. Private citizens and public officials applauded the decisions, or have decried them and … Continue reading

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“Celebrating” a New Year?

There we were celebrating the first Sunday of the new church year – Advent 1 – and what are we hearing for lessons… From Isaiah.. “we became like one who is unclean, we fade like a leaf and our iniquities … Continue reading

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“COMFORT my people” says your God

Last night we attended an annual community “Messiah” sing along as is our custom. The orchestra and most of the soloist were members of the community. I marvel at their willingness and courage to give public voice to this wonderful … Continue reading

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Who are the saints?

Who are the saints? To call someone a saint currently gives a sense of someone who has achieved perfection, leads an extraordinary life, or who has patience beyond measure. But that is not what we celebrate on All Saints Day. … Continue reading

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What’s with all the pillows?

(This was caught in the drafts for well over a year… time to set it free… Don) Have you noticed that there is an outbreak of pillows? I wonder if global warming has affected the ability of pillows to reproduce … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Sermon

NOTE:  Nancy and Don hare leaving May 14 on a sabbatical pilgrimage and will return ot St Paul’s on September 3. This is our sermon for May 14th…. Leave Taking  Easter 5 – 2017 Don:  On an airline flight 2 … Continue reading

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