Monthly Archives: December, 2011

Hannah’s Song

Morning Prayer featured this reading from the Hebrew Scriptures this morning: 1 Samuel 2:1b-10 Hannah’s song My heart rejoices in the LORD. My strengtht rises up in the LORD! My mouth mocks my enemies because I rejoice in your deliverance. 2 No one is holy like the LORD— no, no one except you! There is no rock …

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Sermon Notes- February 26, 2012

1st Sunday in Lent-Year B Genesis 9:8-17 Psalm 25:1-10 1 Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:9-15 The first Sunday of Advent has always been an opportunity for me to challenge a congregation to 40 days of significance. The Ash Wednesday service rarely has large numbers, so the 1st Sunday is a great time to teach about Lent, …

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Sermon Notes- February 22, 2012

Ash Wednesday (all years) Joel 2:1-2,12-17 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 Matthew 6:1-6,16-21 Psalm 51:1-17 As a pastor, I never failed to worship on Ash Wednesday, but the proclamation on those days is never long or detailed.  The liturgical act of the imposition of ashes and hearing the ancient scriptures associated with the beginning of Lent take …

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Whole Gospel

From Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals for 12/19/11: Psalm 101 Of David. A psalm. 1 Oh, let me sing about faithful love and justice! I want to sing my praises to you, LORD! 2 I want to study the way of integrity— how long before it gets here? I will walk with a heart of …

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The Annunciation

Advent has been a time of anticipation for the church.  There has been the anticipation for Christ’s coming in final victory, and the anticipation of his first coming.  Tomorrow’s Gospel Lesson takes us one step closer to the Incarnation–read Luke 1:26-38: Jesus’ birth foretold 26 When Elizabeth was six months pregnant, God sent the angel Gabriel …

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The Magnificat

The Gospel Lesson in today’s Daily Prayer from Taize is Luke 1:46-55, also known as The Magnificat. Here is that passage in the Common English Bible: Mary praises God 46 Mary said, “With all my heart I glorify the Lord! 47 In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior. 48 He has looked with …

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