December 24, 2017 The Fourth Sunday of Advent

 

2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16, Canticle 15, Romans 16:25–27, Luke 1:26–38

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In the name of the One who was, and is, and is to come. Amen.

On this Fourth Sunday in Advent, as we anticipate our Christmas celebration beginning this evening, a couple … Continue reading

December 17, 2017 The Third Sunday of Advent

 

Isaiah 61:1–4, 8–11, Psalm 126, 2 Thessalonians 5:16–24, John 1:6–8, 19–28

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In the name of the One who was, and is, and is to come. Amen.

Last Sunday was the first of two Sundays in Advent that focus on the ministry of … Continue reading

December 10, 2017 The Second Sunday of Advent

 

Isaiah 40:1–11, Psalm 85:1–2, 8–13, 2 Peter 3:8–15a, Mark 1:1–8

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In the name of Jesus, who was and is and is to come. Amen.

When I scheduled the movie The Shack to be a part of our adult education class this past … Continue reading

December 3, 2017 The First Sunday of Advent

 

Isaiah 64:1–9, Psalm 80:1–7, 16–18, 1 Corinthians 1:3–9, Mark 13:24–37

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In the name of Jesus, who was and is and is to come. Amen.

“O that you would tear open the heavens and come down…” This is the prophet’s plea—that God would … Continue reading

November 30, 2017 Saint Andrew the Apostle

 

Deuteronomy 30:11–14, Psalm 19:1–6, Romans 10:8b–18, Matthew 4:18–22

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In the name of Christ our Sovereign. Amen.

Two accounts exist of the call of St. Andrew to discipleship in the Gospels. The first, from the Gospel of Matthew, which we just read, places … Continue reading

November 9, 2017 Thursday in Pentecost 22

 

Romans 14:7–127, Psalm 27:1–6, 17–18, Luke 15:1–10

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In the name of Jesus, who was and is and is to come. Amen.

Recently, I was chatting with a young man who is considering baptism. He was telling me that his life is going … Continue reading

October 29, 2017 The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

Leviticus 19:1–2, 15–18, Psalm 1, 1 Thessalonians 2:1–8, Matthew 22:34–46

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 In the name of Jesus. Amen.

For a while now, in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus’ opponents were trying to entrap him—trying to get him to say anything that would implicate him as … Continue reading