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Advent 2019

Posted by on December 1, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Advent 2019

Advent is a time of “getting ready” for the Season of Christmas.  Christmas celebrates the Birth of the Messiah: Jesus.  Yes that involves, for some of us, shopping for special foods and gifts for family and friends that are often given during the 12 days of Christmas.    For the early Church Advent was a time of preparation with such tasks as making small gifts for friends and family as part of the celebration.  It was honoring the gifts that the Wise Men brought to the infant Jesus in the manger.  Advent reminds us that the true gift is...

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Trinity Sunday (C) June 16, 2019

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Trinity Sunday (C)  June 16, 2019

[RCL] Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Psalm 8 or Canticle 13 (or Canticle 2); Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15 Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 The book of Proverbs is a collection of traditional cultural lessons—propositional statements, observational sayings, analogies, and ethics—structured as the teachings of a father to a son. This kind of “instructional literature” is one of the ways a family nurtures how a child is socialized into a certain world. These proverbs were passed on in the oral tradition and are therefore used extremely contextually: they use references and assumptions housed in a particular time, place, and culture. This particular passage comes...

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Day of Pentecost (C) – June 9, 2019

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Day of Pentecost (C) – June 9, 2019

[RCL] Genesis 11:1-9; Psalm 104:25-35, 37; Romans 8:14-17 or Acts 2:1-21; John 14:8-17, (25-27) Genesis 11:1–9 This passage in Genesis describes a time when all of humanity resided in one place and spoke one language, a vision of unity that sounds awfully appealing today. Imagine how our perception of the world’s economic and environmental challenges would change if we saw ourselves as part of one global community, with loyalties that reached beyond our particular region, state, or nation. And think of how delightful it would be to freely communicate our hopes and dreams, our joys and sorrows, to anyone...

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Easter 7 (C) June 2, 2019

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Easter 7 (C) June 2, 2019

[RCL] Acts 16:16–34; Psalm 97; Revelation 22:12–14,16–17, 20–21; John 17:20–26 Acts 16:16–34 It is only after the apostles are thrown in jail that God rescues them with a dramatic earthquake. Why does God wait to free them until after they are beaten and persecuted? Why not save them before the trouble? Sometimes God doesn’t intervene on our timeline or in the way that we think would be best for us. But instead of being frustrated or afraid, Paul and Silas continue to trust in God’s faithfulness. This passage is hugely dramatic. The apostles are flogged and then put in...

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Easter 6 (C) May 26, 2019

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Easter 6 (C) May 26, 2019

[RCL] Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5; John 14:23-29 or John 5:1-9 Acts 16:9-15 Throughout the Acts of the Apostles, Paul and his crew are directed where to go in many different ways. Just before this passage, the apostles are “forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia” and “the Spirit of Jesus” does not “allow them” to go into Bithynia (Acts 16:6-7). But in this passage, Paul receives positive direction in two different ways: through a vision of a man and an invitation of a woman. In their mission work, the early followers of...

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