Category Archives: Baptism

Holy Innocents: The Painful Reality of Christmas

Holy Innocents: Jeremiah 31:15-17, Matthew 2:13-18 How often do we read Scripture and just wonder, why? Why all this death? It doesn’t seem very Christmasy to be talking of such killings and death. We’ve spent this past week celebrating the … Continue reading

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All Saints

Readings: Revelation 7:2-17; Matthew 5:1-12 Dear saints of God, blessed are you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where … Continue reading

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Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist

Mark 6:14-29, Romans 6:1-5 Let’s be honest, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment. Often you can look back, recognize a mistake, laugh about, learn from, and no lasting damage is done. Or if there is at least … Continue reading

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Blood Thicker Than Water, Water That Makes Family

Proper 7A- Second Sunday After Pentecost Matthew 10:21-33, Jeremiah 20:7-13, Romans 6:12-23   To you who are loved by God and called to be saints, grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. … Continue reading

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All Things New – Easter 2014

Readings: Acts 10:34-43; Colossians 3:1-4; Matthew 28:1-10 Alleluia, Christ is risen!He is risen indeed, alleluia! Ever get tired of it? Of course you do. There’s a reason for so many Christmas and Easter Christians. You get tired of it. We are … Continue reading

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Vigil of Easter – Fulfillment and Completion

It seems strange. Three days. But not even close to 72 hours. Remember though, Hebrew days begin at sunset. It was simply as it was at creation “evening and morning” to make a day, evening began a new day. It … Continue reading

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Dried, Dead Bones With Life – Lent 5A

Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-14, John 11 “Can these bones live?” Can a dry, dusty valley full of bones live? Imagine the valley of bones Ezekiel saw, a valley of many dead bodies perhaps after a battle, laying there, picked apart by … Continue reading

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Blind But Now Sight – Lent 4A

Reading: John 9:1-41 Anticipating the birth of a child is a high energy, sometimes frightful, joyous event. Now some of this has been tamed with modern technology, but some not so much. There are still crazy people like my wife … Continue reading

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Possessed by Sin, Bound By Death – Midweek Lent 2

Dear Christians, One And All Rejoice (stanzas 2-3) John 8:31-47 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. We pride ourselves on living in “the land of the free and the home of … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday

Gospel: Matthew 6:1-21 To the people of God, created from the dust of the ground, given the breath of life, grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. “Beware of doing your righteousness … Continue reading

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