Monthly Archives: January, 2012

Conversion of Paul

Today on the Anglican calendar there is the commemoration of the Conversion of Saint Paul.  A week ago, it was the Confession of Peter. We know from the lessons appointed for the day that Paul came later to the Christian faith.  His conversion was swift and life changing.  He says himself in his letters that …

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Morning Collect

Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day:  Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. (this was …

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Sermon Notes- March 18, 2012

4th Sunday in Lent– Year B Numbers 21:4-9 Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 Ephesians 2:1-10 John 3:14-21 The lessons for this week are all interesting.  The Numbers passage is a pre-figuring of the cross also mentioned in the Gospel lesson.  The psalm is complimentary to the OT text, and proclaims the steadfast love of God. The Ephesians …

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Love interrupts

Irish rock star Bono has said, “Grace defies reason and logic. Love interrupts, if you like, the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed, because I’ve done a lot of stupid stuff.” Today’s New Testament reading in Common Prayer is Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians.  The first part of …

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More than we can do

Contemporary writer Madeleine L’Engle wrote, “We are all asked to do more than we can do. Every hero and heroine of the Bible does more than he would have thought it possible to do, from Gideon to Esther to Mary. Jacob, one of my favourite characters, certainly wasn’t qualified. He was a liar and a …

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Peter, the Apostle

Today  on the Anglican Calendar is a commemoration of Peter, the Apostle. Other traditions remember him at other times of the year. Peter is sometimes known as the “Prince of the Apostles.”  He was not the first one chosen by Jesus, that was his brother Andrew according to the Gospel accounts.  But he stood out …

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