Category Archives: CEB

Preparing for Baptism of the Lord

Tomorrow on the Liturgical Calendar is Baptism of the Lord. I have been reading the lectionary texts all week long, and though I am focusing on the Gospel lesson for my sermon, I could not get away from the reading from Acts; Acts 19:1-7 1 While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul took a route through the …

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The Eve of The Epiphany

Today is the 11th day of Christmas (this evening is known as “Twelfth Night”), and we are almost to the end of the Christmas Season. In the Orthodox world, this is the eve of their great celebration of the season.  I am told in these mountain coves where I live, “Old Christmas,” which is January …

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Fear No Danger

The Psalm today in Daily Prayer is a familiar one. Here it is in the Common English Bible translation: Psalm 23 A psalm of David 1 The LORD is my shepherd. I lack nothing. 2 He lets me rest in grassy meadows; he leads me to restful waters; 3 he keeps me alive. He guides me in proper …

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The Holy Name of Jesus

Today was a minor feast day in the life of the Church–The Holy Name of Jesus. There were actually three different sets of readings for the day, and I chose these: Numbers 6:22-27 Psalm 8 (UMH 743) Philippians 2:5-11 Luke 2:15-21 Luke 2:15-21 (CEB) 15 When the angels returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, …

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For the common good

The prayer this morning from Common Prayer is worth a look as you go through your day: Isaiah 25 Rejoicing in God’s salvation 1 LORD, you are my God. I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, planned long ago, faithful and sure. 2 You have turned the city into …

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Holy Innocents

The fourth day of Christmas is traditionally known as the Feast of the Holy Innocents.  We remember the children who were slaughtered by Herod because the wise men tipped him off of a “King” that was born in Bethlehem.  The Gospel for the day is a stark reminder that in this season of light, darkness …

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