Category Archives: Don’s Posts

“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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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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…with fear and great joy…

Sitting in an airport years ago I was waiting for our delayed flight to board and decided to take walk down the concourse.  As I got to an unoccupied gate area, out of the corner of my eye, I saw … Continue reading

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Faith & Politics

In a recent message to the clergy of the diocese Bishop Cate Waynick  shared her thoughts about  criticism of the church being motivated “by politics” in espousing actions and  to support or oppose governmental policies, issues.  She wrote: “I want … Continue reading

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Lighting the shadows

What was the greatest (though some might argue worst) invention that changed human life? Artificial light – whether oil lamps, candles, incandescent electric lights or LEDs… We can provide a means to see in the midst of the dark. For … Continue reading

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Water is LIFE

Water is important. In Genesis the wind of God swept over the primordial waters In Exodus Moses led the people through the waters of the Red Sea. The prophet Elijah struck the water of the Jordan and spilt the waters … Continue reading

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For THOSE people?

It was a time of discord, dissention, fracture and violence. Politics were brutal. Governing the land meant deals with the powerful; incompetent appointments of the well connected; and threats against the most vulnerable. Loyalty to an ideology meant more than … Continue reading

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Sunday of the Fulfillment

Sunday (Nov. 20) is the last Sunday of the church year. Unlike the societal calendar the church year begins with the first Sunday of Advent which in 2016 is Sunday November 27. We end the current church year with the … Continue reading

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