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Romans 13:11-14

Advent 1A

[…] the Light of the World into a manger (Buttrick).  We live in his light, not just at Advent and not just in the twinkly glow of a Christmas tree but always. We all act differently when we know other people can see us.   God sees us and we see each other always because we […]

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Romans 8:14-17

Pentecost C

[…] And THAT, then, is the Spirit we breathe and exude to all others. Illustration Idea Back in Kindergarten, maybe you did a craft in school as a Christmas present for your parents. Perhaps it was a papier mâché ornament for the Christmas tree. Years later maybe you took another look at that ornament: it’s […]

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John 14:15-21

Easter 6A

[…] scene as looking less like a lecture hall with attentive students taking notes on what the wise professor was saying from the lectern and more like a Christmas Eve dinner party that had started out fine but that exploded into something quite different when suddenly Dad used the occasion to inform his children that […]

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Romans 8:12-17

Trinity Sunday B

[…] had to guess, I’d imagine that “Trinity Sunday” may be the most under-celebrated day on the liturgical calendar.  It goes without saying that it cannot compete with Christmas or Easter.  Even Ascension Day and Pentecost have a hard time generating anywhere near the liturgical wattage of those two big celebrations.  Epiphany might get a […]

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Psalm 46

Proper 29C

[…] us know about only too well. Advent is right around the corner.  And there will be plenty of pressure on all us pastors to prop up Advent/ Christmas as a serene season in which “all is calm, all is bright.”  But it’s not true.   Psalm 46, for all its lyric comfort, hope, and assurance, […]

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Psalm 25:1-10

Advent 1C

[…] world can we preach or teach a Psalm on a Sunday when most of our listeners are already thinking about and mostly interested in getting ready for Christmas?  If they’re thinking about anything Scriptural, many Christians are thinking about Matthew and Luke’s accounts of Jesus’ conception and birth. Those who preach and teach Psalm […]

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Psalm 98

Easter 6B

The church has long loved Psalm 98.  It is the Psalm for Christmas Day in all three years of the lectionary cycle; indeed, it is the Old Testament text for Isaac Watts’ beloved carol, “Joy to the World.”  It is also the perfect Psalm for the end of the Easter Season, as it looks […]

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Psalm 2

Last Epiphany A

Thanks to Handel’s oratorio Messiah, Psalm 2 often gets associated with Christmas as traditionally it is during Advent that many choirs/orchestras present this well-known piece of music, including the thundering and fiery solo “Thou Shalt Break Them.”  Yet here we are on Transfiguration Sunday looking at this very psalm.  And if applied to the […]

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Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

Advent 3B

[…] great text for this Third Sunday of Advent!  It is full of Good News, but there is still an air of mystery, a sense of “it’s not Christmas yet.”  This poetic description of what God is about to do for his suffering people is among the most lovely and powerful in the Bible.  But […]

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Psalm 36:5-10

Epiphany 2C

One of my Christmas gifts to my wife was a cookbook on making bread written by Paul Hollywood, one of the judges on the much-loved Great British Baking Show.  When I put a picture of the book’s cover on Facebook along with a picture of my wife’s first and fantastic looking loaf, a couple […]

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