Monthly Archives: July, 2011

Who’s Your Family?

Today in Morning Prayer, we read from the Gospel of Mark (3: 19b- 35) Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, ‘Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.’ And he replied, ‘Who …

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Sermon Notes for August 14, 2011

Scriptures for the 9th Sunday after Pentecost (Year A, Proper 15) Genesis 45:1-15 Psalm 133 Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28 “I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt…”  If all you heard was this line, you would guess that the brothers’ gig was up.  How surprised they must have been to …

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An Orthodox View

I regularly use Ancient Faith Radio as background music for devotions, or maybe when I am getting work done.  Orthodox chant is soothing to me. I learned something this week about the Orthodox lectionary.  They have been using the same basic set of readings since the 7th century.  The daily readings for much of the …

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Sermon Notes for August 7, 2011

Scriptures for 8th Sunday after Pentecost (Year A, Proper 14) Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 Psalm 105, 1-6, 16-22, 45b Romans 10:5-15 Matthew 14:22-33   This a great week for storytelling.  The picture to the right is one of Sadao Watanabe’s prints.  Jesus walks on the water, Peter attempts it.  Jesus made it look so easy and …

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Brother, Give Us a Word

The brothers at the Society of Saint John the Evangelist in Cambridge, MA do a pretty good job of using the internet to further their ministry.  They have a regular feature called: Brother, Give us a Word which brings a new word every day to readers and seekers.  It is also available on their Facebook page. Today’s word …

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Sermon Notes for July 31, 2011

Scriptures for 7th Sunday after Pentecost (Year A, Proper 13): Genesis 32:22-31 Psalm 17: 1-7, 16 Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 14:13-21 Jacob wrestles with God in the Old Testament lesson.  It is not a long reading, but it is packed.  Two things to unpack for the congregation- 1) the importance of names (Jacob/Israel/and the holy Name/Place …

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