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Sermon for Sunday, February 25th 2024 – 2nd Sunday in Lent – It will be reckoned to us

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Second Sunday in Lent; Sunday, February 25th, 2024GENESIS 17:1-7, 15-16; PSALM 22:22-30; ROMANS 4:13-25; MARK 8:31-38 It will be reckoned to us “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who […]

Sermon for Sunday, February 18th 2024

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First Sunday in Lent, rcl yr b, Sunday, February 18th, 2024GENESIS 9:8-17; PSALM 25:1-10; 1 PETER 3:18-22; MARK 1:9-15 The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near;repent, and believe in the good news. (Mark 1:15) Each year, the clergy and deacons of the Niagara Diocese and the Eastern Synod meet at […]

Sermon for Wednesday, February 14th – Ash Wednesday

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February 14, 2023Ash Wednesday Friends, I’d like to weave together a few strands of life here at St John’s. A couple of weeks ago, Preston referred to Paul’s expression “I have become all things to all people.” He said, “Paul makes space for others; his method is sympathetic; he offers forbearance that serves the salvation […]

Sermon for Sunday, February 11th 2024

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Last Sunday after the Epiphany: Transfiguration SundayFebruary 11th, 2024: Vestry Sunday2 KINGS 2:1-12; PSALM 50:1-6; 2 CORINTHIANS 4:3-6; MARK 9:2-9 Charge 2024 Last year at this time I was caught a bit short. In a good way. I realized that the charge I had given all years previous was roughly the same charge—and that I […]

Sermon for Sunday, February 4th 2024 – Epiphany 5 – I have become all things to all people

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Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany [Proper 5], rcl yr bSunday, February 4th, 2024ISAIAH 40:21-31; PSALM 147:1-12, 21C; 1 CORINTHIANS 9:16-23; MARK 1:29-39 I have become all things to all people One of the correspondents that used to cover Bill Clinton remarked once on what it was like to see the president emerge from intense conversations […]

Sermon for Sunday, January 21st 2024 – Epiphany 3 – repent, and believe in the good news

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The Third Sunday after the Epiphany [Proper 3] (Green)Sunday, January 21st, 2024JONAH 3:1-5, 10; PSALM 62:6-14; 1 CORINTHIANS 7:29-31; MARK 1:14-20 repent, and believe in the good news Dietrich Bonhoeffer, pastor and theologian, lived in Germany in a time after Adolph Hitler had risen to power; he was among the pastors who, in resisting National […]

Sermon for Sunday, January 14th 2024 – Epiphany 2

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January 14, 2023Epiphany 2 Friends, We are, in theory, in the early days of Mark’s Gospel. This is the year of Mark. Just as last year was the year of Matthew, and we read through Matthew from Sunday to Sunday, this year, we read through Mark. Except that we don’t. Not exactly. Because Mark is […]

Sermon for Sunday, January 7th 2024 – The Baptism of the Lord – the Holy Spirit came upon them

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The Baptism of the Lord – HD [Proper 1], rcl yr bSunday, January 7th, 2024GENESIS 1:1-5; PSALM 29; ACTS 19:1-7; MARK 1:4-11 the Holy Spirit came upon them The feast we are celebrating today is the Baptism of the Lord, but with the emphasis we find in the readings, the attention given to the Holy […]

Sermon for Sunday, December 31st 2023 – Feast of the Epiphany – Opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh

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Feast of the Epiphany, rcl yr a, observed Sunday, December 31st, 2023ISAIAH 60:1-6; PSALM 72:1-7, 10-14; EPHESIANS 3:1-12; MATTHEW 2:1-12 Opening their treasure chests,they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 12:11) It is likely that our tradition of Christmas gift-giving is inspired by today’s Gospel. Matthew tells us that when the star […]

Sermon for Sunday, December 24th 2023: 7pm – Christmas Eve – Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart

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The Birth of the Lord: Christmas Eve – PF (White or Gold)Sunday, December 24th, 2023ISAIAH 62:6-12; PSALM 97; TITUS 3:4-7; LUKE 2:8-20 Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart Mary had already been visited by an angel when the shepherds arrived to tell their story of their own angelic visitation. The […]