Monthly Archives: January, 2012

Sermon Notes- March 25, 2012

5th Sunday in Lent– Year B Jeremiah 31:31-34 Psalm 51:1-12 Hebrews 5:5-10 John 12:20-33 This week is an interesting collection of texts.  Jeremiah and the New Covenant.  Psalm 51-reminder of Ash Wednesday, and the idea of a new heart from Jeremiah linked together.  The Letter to the Hebrews and Jesus the Great High Priest.  The …

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Marcella of Rome (325-410)

This morning in Common Prayer,  I was introduced to a 4th century follower of Jesus.  Her story is compelling and worth contemplating today: Marcella had an enviable life as the daughter of a prominent Roman family who married a wealthy man. But less than a year after her wedding, her husband died. She was given …

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Blessed…

Today in Common Prayer, the first scripture reading was Genesis 22:1-18, the story of the Binding of Isaac. The last verses of that passage  are always a reminder- 15 The LORD’s messenger called out to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I give my word as the LORD that because you did this and didn’t …

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Thomas Aquinas

Today, on Roman Catholic and Anglican calendars, the remembrance of Thomas Aquinas is the order of the day. He was a 13th century theologian that has had more affect on modern theology than any other you might name.  He made the work of Aristotle available to the Christian faith in a way that no other …

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Rainy Day Thoughts

It has been raining this morning in Western North Carolina.  As I spent some time with Common Prayer, these things popped out from the devotion: The responsory- Restore our fortunes, Lord : like a wash in the rainy season. A quote- Twelfth-century mystic Hildegard of Bingen wrote, “Rivers of living water are to be poured …

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Practice resurrection

One of my favorite authors is Wendell Berry.  Today in Common Prayer, they included one of his poems as a response to the scriptures.  It is profound in its simplicity: As soon as the generals and the politicos can predict the motion of your mind, lose it. Leave it as a sign to mark the …

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