Lent 1 2022

Tithing, Temptation, and Calling on the Name of the Lord.  I usually don’t try to force together three obviously unrelated passages, but all scripture must be read in context of the whole and these just may have more to do with each other than a quick first read might indicate. So, let’s begin with theContinue reading “Lent 1 2022”

Last Epiphany 2022

Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory. When I lived in Tennessee, one of my favorite pastimes was hiking in the mountains.  Where the highway went through the town at the bottomContinue reading “Last Epiphany 2022”

7 Epiphany 2022

When we talk about stewardship in the church you can see people’s eyes sort of glaze over.  They pat their wallet to make sure it is safe and secure, and they begin to look at their watches to see how quickly they can escape. Today’s gospel is a continuation of Luke’s Sermon on the PlainContinue reading “7 Epiphany 2022”

6 Epiphany 2022

When we think of the Beatitudes, our minds generally go to Matthew’s description of Jesus preaching the Sermon on the Mount not to Luke’s description of the Sermon on the Plain.  I have no idea if these were two distinct sermons that Jesus preached and someone took notes or if more likely they are illustrationsContinue reading “6 Epiphany 2022”

3 Epiphany 2022

Who is Jesus of Nazareth? This is a question that comes up over and over as we study scriptures.  Those who have been participating in our Wednesday evening study of the gospel of Mark will hear Jesus ask the question “Who do you say I am?” in this week’s readings.  Those who have been participatingContinue reading “3 Epiphany 2022”

2 Epiphany 2022

Just a few weeks ago, Bp Jennifer was at Emmanuel and laid hands on N. and N.. As she laid hands on each of them she said “Strengthen, O Lord, your servant N. with your Holy Spirit; empower her for your service; and sustain her all the days of her life. Amen.” (BCP p.419) LastContinue reading “2 Epiphany 2022”

Baptism of Jesus 2022

Last year several of us read the Gospel of Mark straight through, start to finish, as though it was a piece of literature.  I think it was an eye opening experience for those who participated as they watched Mark sandwich particular stories together in a way that brought a deeper meaning to the individual storiesContinue reading “Baptism of Jesus 2022”

Christmas Eve 2021

I don’t know about you, but for some reason it has been hard for me to get into the “Christmas Spirit” this year.  Everything has been a bit topsy-turvy with people’s plans interrupted suddenly, with long held traditions being impractical this year, and it has caused me to spend some time in reflection about whatContinue reading “Christmas Eve 2021”

4 Advent 2021

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” We jump around a bit in Luke during Advent.  Last week John the Baptist was an adultContinue reading “4 Advent 2021”