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A Tale of Three Readings

So what are we to learn from the three distinctive readings for Pentecost? Let’s   begin with Genesis & the Tower of Babel, recalling a story of initial unity that never really existed. We are certainly not dealing with history – … Continue reading

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Transformation & Love

In the book of Acts today we have a strange story of Peter’s vision as sail cloth lowered from heaven, ritually unclean animals and Peter being told to kill and eat these unclean critters. If we look at it closely … 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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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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“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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