Category Archives: Church Year

Ascension Day

It is a high holy day in the life of the Church, but it falls on a Thursday, so its observance gets missed by the vast majority of folks.  It was 40 days after the Resurrection that Jesus ascended to take his place at the right hand of God (remember your Apostle’s and Nicene Creeds?). …

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Sermon Notes- June 17, 2012

Year B- Pentecost 3- Proper 6 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 Psalm 20 or Psalm 92 (UMH 811) 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 (11-13), 14-17 Mark 4:26-34 The lesson from the Hebrew Scriptures and Gospel are rich this week.  Last week the people wanted a king, now they have Saul, and they have sent Samuel out to look for number …

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Preparing for the Ascension

Thursday is known as the Feast of the Ascension.  We will be celebrating the Ascension on Sunday at my churches.  It is the 40th day after Easter, and 10 days before Pentecost. Today I am reading the Psalm for the Day in Preparation for Thursday & Sunday: Psalm 47 Clap your hands, all you peoples; …

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Sermon Notes- June 10, 2012

Year B- Pentecost 2-Proper 5 1 Samuel 8:4-20 (11:14-15) Psalm 138 (UMH 853) 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 Mark 3:20-35 The Season after Pentecost (Ordinary Time) is a long season that takes the Church all the way to Advent.  The high holy days of the season show up in November, with All Saints (Nov. 1) and Christ the …

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Sermon Notes- June 3, 2012 (Trinity Sunday)

Year B- Trinity Sunday Isaiah 6:1-8 Psalm 29 (UMH 761) Romans 8:12-17 John 3:1-17 Trinity Sunday, the day for ministerial interns and associates to preach.  I don’t know know exactly why that is the case, but it happens more often than we are ready to realize.  Russell Smith, the Deacon at St. Andrew’s Episcopal, always gets …

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Sermon Notes- May 27, 2012

Year B- Day of Pentecost Acts 2:1-21 Psalm 104:24-34, 35 b (UMH 826) Romans 8:22-27 John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 Pentecost Sunday…the end of a season…the transition to another season…the Birthday of the Church…the Holy Spirit’s arrival in power.  The day is meant for proclamation…just to tell the story from Acts would be enough, but the readings for …

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