Monthly Archives: July, 2012

Making Bishops

For the past couple of days I have been attending the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church.  This is the conference where bishops are made in my denomination.  Without going into lots of description about the process, let’s just say it is an odd and holy thing. The official conference began with Holy …

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From Peter Storey

Every time I have heard Bishop Storey speak, it was a challenge.  He has always preached the Gospel unapologetically, and yet he always understood that we in North America have a different context than other places in the world.  It may have been his accent, or his simple way of getting to his point, my …

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Sermon Notes- July 22, 2012

Year B- Pentecost 8-Proper 11 2 Samuel 7:1-14a Psalm 89:20-37 (UMH 807) Ephesians 2:11-22 Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 The lections from the Hebrew scriptures continue to extol King David.  (Though we know that his story is not without its flaws).  Paul continues to be poetic with the Epistle Lesson.  And, Jesus in the Gospel of Mark reveals …

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Prayers from Taize

Today from Taize: Intercessions God our Father, fill our lives with your compassion; may we live in the generosity of forgiveness. For those who cannot believe and who give their lives in the service of others, Lord, we pray. For the Church, ferment of communion: Lord, make your light shine upon her. O Christ, light …

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Sermon Notes- July 29, 2012

Year B-Pentecost 9-Proper 12 2 Samuel 11:1-15 Psalm 14 (UMH 746) Ephesians 3:14-21 John 6:1-21 Two weeks ago, David danced with reckless abandon before the ark. This week, David does the dance with Bathsheba that shows just how flawed a human leader can be.  The Gospel Lesson is the feeding of the multitudes.  The choices that …

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Church in Ephesus (Acts 19:1-20)

I have been reading through the Book of Acts recently, and today in Common Prayer, Acts 19:1-20 was the suggested text for the day.  It is Paul’s meeting with the church at Ephesus.  Here are a few insights on this passage… v.1- Paul is always on the go.  Modern disciples should be on the go. …

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