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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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Persistent & Continual

We sat watching the presidential debate on a recent Sunday evening with our youngest son & his girlfriend. It was a strange experience even though good questions were asked by capable journalists and concerned citizens. The strangeness for me was … Continue reading

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Doing with Less

The opening of the letter from Paul to his young protégé Timothy is instructive. Paul leaves no doubt in Timothy’s mind that Paul has a high regard & affection for him. This can be a reminder that each of us … Continue reading

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Learning form Dishonesty

We have another week of a strange assortment of readings this week. Jeremiah is looking at a society on the brink of disaster and expresses his distress. Paul warns Timothy that society and its leaders are constantly in need of … Continue reading

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