Monthly Archives: October, 2011

Reformation Day (Eve of All Saints)

It was on this day in 1517 that Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses on the door at Wittenburg.  The Church would never be the same again.  Not that change hadn’t already been happening and that more change would not continue, but Luther’s actions that day were a watershed event. About every 500 years, the …

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Intercessions from Taize

This is a portion of the daily prayer from Taize for the day. I have discovered that when I offer intercession from other communities and traditions that my own prayers are more focused. Intercessions God our Father, you gather us into the communion of your Church: give us life by your love. God our Father, …

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Sermon Notes- January 8, 2012

Baptism of the Lord-Year B Genesis 1:1-5 Psalm 29 Acts 19:1-7 Mark 1:4-11   Over the years, this is one of my favorite celebrations of the liturgical year.  In some traditions, baptisms are celebrated on one these four Holy Days: Baptism of the Lord, Easter, Pentecost and All Saints Sunday.  It’s not that they can’t …

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Simon and Jude, Apostles

Today’s commemoration is for two that Jesus called as disciples.  They show up later in the lists, usually in the 10th and 11th spots (see Matthew 10:2-4; Mark 3:16-19; Luke 6:14-16; Acts 1:13). Simon is known as the “zealot” or “Cananean” (which translates from Aramaic to zealot).  Jude is “Judas” in the Greek, but he …

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A Parable Explained

In today’s Morning Prayer, the Gospel Reading is Matthew 13:18-23.  ‘Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path. As for what was sown on …

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Parables

Today in the Daily Office, the Gospel reading is Matthew 13:10-17: The Purpose of the Parables Then the disciples came and asked him, ‘Why do you speak to them in parables?’ He answered, ‘To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been …

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