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Bishop Duncan’s Easter Message

Posted by on April 15, 2020 in Chaplain, Featured, News | Comments Off on Bishop Duncan’s Easter Message

Bishop Duncan’s Easter Message

Easter Sunday this year is the 12th of April.  Lent will be behind us and for most of the world the Coronavirus, COVID-19 has taken center stage.  We are all likely to feel afraid and vulnerable.  Kathy and I have moved into the mode of staying home and going out as little as possible.  A form of “self-isolation.”  We have tried to keep a “Good Lent” and by our usual standards we could not do it.  Churches closed for worship, no special Lenten events and hospitals not open for visitations to the sick.  In most Dioceses churches went online...

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Advent 2019

Posted by on December 1, 2019 in Archives | Comments Off on Advent 2019

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

Posted by on June 18, 2019 in Meditations | Comments Off on Trinity Sunday (C) June 16, 2019

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

Posted by on June 8, 2019 in Meditations, News | Comments Off on Day of Pentecost (C) – June 9, 2019

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

Posted by on June 1, 2019 in Meditations | Comments Off on Easter 7 (C) June 2, 2019

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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