Monthly Archives: January, 2012

Anthony of Egypt

On just about every calendar in the Christian world, there is a commemoration for Anthony of Egypt.  You might say that he was the first monk.  Many things have changed since the 3rd century, but we can trace the roots of modern monasticism to Anthony. Here is a short bio from Common Prayer: Anthony of …

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yesterday I preached at Mount Zion AME Zion Church in Montgomery, AL.  The pastor at that church is an old college friend and we have remained good friends for over 30 years. Mount Zion was the church where the Montgomery Improvement Association began in 1955 and the Montgomery Bus Boycott was organized after a number …

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Intercessions from Taize

Today’s prayer from Taize was uplifting to me.  The intercessions are worth repeating” For all those who faithfully announce your Word, Lord, we pray. Enable us to recognize your presence in our neighbors; make us attentive to the poor and the unfortunate. Lord, we pray for those who suffer in their workplace and for those …

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Aelred

Today on the Anglican and Roman Catholic calendars there is a commemoration for Aelred, the Abbot of Rievaulx.  He is a 12th century figure who was born in Durham, England and ended up serving in the court of  the King of Scotland at an early age.  He became a monk at age 24 and was …

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Brother Lawrence

Today in Common Prayer, they recognized Brother Lawrence, a French monk of the 17th century.  His letters and conversations were published a year after his death and survive as a little volume called The Practice of the Presence of God. He was the cook for his Carmelite monastery, and a spiritual giant.  He learned to …

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Sermon Notes- March 11, 2012

3rd Sunday in Lent– Year B Exodus 20:1-17 Psalm 19 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 John 2:13-22 Of the four lessons for the week, the Gospel is my least favorite, and I will probably not use it for proclamation on this Sunday.  The two lessons from the Hebrew Scriptures are tied closely together.  Lent is a good …

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