Monthly Archives: August, 2011

Solomon’s Wisdom

The reading from the Old Testament in Morning Prayer is 1 Kings 3:16-28 One of my favorite adaptations of this story was on Seinfeld when Newman was asked to decide who would get the bike-Kramer or Elaine.  Newman decrees that the bike should be split in two and divided between them.  Kramer obviously knew the …

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Bartholomew

Today’s commemoration in Morning Prayer is for the New Testament disciple of Jesus: Bartholomew. I personally enjoy celebrating the Biblical saints, because it gives me time to explore the Biblical passages related to them. He is mentioned specifically in Matthew 10:3, Mark 3:18, Luke 6:14 and Acts 1:13 (see this link for all readings).  In …

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On Anger

Prayer activity (from the Church of Scotland-Today’s Prayer) The Greek philosopher Plato said: ‘there are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot’. Reflect on what makes you angry right now. Ask for God’s help to reconcile and be at peace with those things about which …

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For the Poor and Neglected

One of the collects this morning at the Mission of St. Clare shows up fairly frequently.  Today it caught my eye: Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all …

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4th Century Hymn in Worship

This was the closing hymn in worship at St. Andrew’s this morning.  It is powerful for me to sing hymns from the 4th century in the 21st century.  To know that we are a part of a long, continuous line of folks who call Jesus Lord. From God Christ’s deity came forth, His manhood from …

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Sermon Notes for October 23, 2011

19th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 25, Year A) Deuteronomy 34:1-12 Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 Matthew 22:34-46   From many parts of my county, you can look up at the tallest mountain and know you are looking at Mt. Pisgah. People in our part of the world use lots of Biblical names.  From the …

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