Epiphany 2

January 14 2018 Readings: 1 Samuel 3: 1-10 ~ Corinthians 6: 12-20 ~ John 1: 43-51 Invitation Last Sunday, fresh from a clergy day on Congregational Development, I shared the idea that the primary task of any congregation is to gather people…

Epiphany

January 7 2018 READINGS: Isaiah 60: 1-6 ~ Psalm 72: 1-14 ~ Matthew 2: 1-12 A group of wise men see an intriguing new star in the sky. Taking it as a sign that a great new king is born, they set out on a quest to find him. Most likely,…

Christmas 1 2017

December 31 2017 READINGS: Galatians 4:4-7 ~ Gospel: Luke 2:22-40 Six weeks after the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph head to the temple to offer two pigeons or turtle doves to complete Mary’s purification after childbirth. They also…

Christmas Day 2017

READINGS: Isaiah 9:2-7 ~ Luke 2:15-20 A priest in central America decided to take a break from regular preaching to listen to the thoughts and insights of the local people. When he told the story of Epiphany, the coming of the wise men,…

Christmas Eve 2017

READINGS: John 1: 1-3 ~ Isaiah 52:7-10 ~ Luke 2:1-14 Midwives for God   This morning we heard the story of Gabriel’s visit to Mary and we pondered the importance of the creator of the world asking for Mary’s permission before going…

Advent 4 2017

December 24 2017 READINGS: 2 Samuel 7:1-11 ~ Canticle 18 ~ Luke 1:26-38 Its been 11 years since we celebrated Advent 4 and Christmas Eve on the same day. This morning we listen to the story of the annunciation – of Gabriel’s visit…

Advent 2

December 10, 2017 READIINGS:  Isaiah 40:1-11 ~ 2 Peter 3:8-15a ~ Mark 1:1-8 A seasoned priest was being interviewed for a new parish.  After going through all the usual questions, the interview team asked if the priest had any questions…

Advent 1

December 3, 2017 READINGS: Isaiah 64:1-9 ~ 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 ~ Mark 13:24-37 The season of Advent is all about waiting for God. The mood is not so much one of fear and trembling but of joyful expectation. The hope is that God would come…

Reign of Christ 2017

November 26, 2017 Readings: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 ~ Psalm 100 ~ Matthew 25: 11-46 The 25th chapter of Matthew’s gospel does not make for good bed time reading and it doesn’t seem to have a whole lot in common with the good news of…

Pentecost 24 ~ Parable of the Talents

November 19 2017 READINGS: Judges 4: 1-7 ~ 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11 ~ Matthew 25: 14-30 We give Thee but Thine own, whate’er the gift may be; All that we have is Thine alone, A trust, O Lord, from Thee. That doxology pretty much sums…