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Words are not Weapons: Dec. 31, 20023

 Year B, Christmas 1                                 John 1:1-18                   In the first church I served, Christmas Eve featured the traditional gospel reading from Luke 2 which includes the story of Jesus’ birth with Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and the...

What Mary Knew: Christmas Eve

 Year B, Christmas Eve                                                    Luke 2:1-20                                                                                     I am going to share a little clergy secret…which you would only know if you followed dozens and...

Unconfinable God: December 24, 2023

Unconfinable God: December 24, 2023

 Year B, Advent 4                       2 Samuel, 7:1-11, 17 & Luke 1:26-38, 46-55                 Being a prophet has got to be a horrible job.  In our Old Testament reading, we hear from the prophet Nathan for the first time.  It’s already clear that he has a...

Dreams, Nostalgia and Joy: Dec 17, 2023

Dreams, Nostalgia and Joy: Dec 17, 2023

 Year B, Advent 3                            Psalm 126                                                        Today is unofficially known as Gaudete Sunday---which is Latin for Joy—Joy Sunday. Upon hearing the readings, you probably noticed a shift in tone from the...

What’s Wrong with Holy? December 10, 2023

What’s Wrong with Holy? December 10, 2023

 Year B, Advent 2                                                                                     2 Peter 3:8-15a                                                                                                                This year, I have been eager to get the...

When the Gospel Gets Risky: Nov 19, 2023

When the Gospel Gets Risky: Nov 19, 2023

 Year A, Pentecost 25                                  Matthew 25:14-30                                                                                          If you were so inclined, you could read 10 different commentaries about this gospel reading and discover 10...