Monthly Archives: October, 2011

Prayers from Taize

The Taize Community has been part of my spirituality for almost 30 years now.  I encountered songs and chants from Taize while in college and then did some serious study on ecumenical monastic movements in seminary which led to lots of readings on the development of Taize. Taize has had profound affect on Christianity throughout the …

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A Prayer from Mother Teresa

The fruit of silence is prayer. The fruit of prayer is faith. The fruit of faith is love. The fruit of love is service. The fruit of service is peace. Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)

For the Hungry

Litany for a Time of Hunger When Jesus told the disciples to give the crowd something to eat, they found only a few loaves and two small fish. But they brought what they had to Jesus. Let us bring our prayers before the Lord. We thank you, God, for the abundance of food we receive …

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Sermon Notes- December 25, 2011- (Christmas Day)

Christmas Day- Year B Christmas II Isaiah 62:6-12  Titus 3:4-7  Luke 2:(1-7)8-20  Psalm 97 Christmas III Isaiah 52:7-10  Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12)  John 1:1-14  Psalm 98 Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year.  There are many things a preacher and worship leader can do on this Sunday.  It is generally a fact that your choir …

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Sermon Notes- December 24, 2011 (Christmas Eve)

Christmas Eve- Year B Isaiah 9:2-7  Titus 2:11-14  Luke 2:1-14(15-20)  Psalm 96   These are the lessons that are also called Christmas I–for the first service of the “season.”  Most folks in our congregations think of Christmas as just a day, but in fact we begin a 12 day season on the Holy Night of …

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Luke the Evangelist

We know Luke primarily by his own writings–the Gospel in his name and the Book of Acts.  We know he was a physician (Colossians 4:14), and a historian of sorts.  He is thought to be the only non-Jewish New testament writer.  He understands both the Jewish context of Jesus and the Church, but in the …

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