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Pentecost 9

Way back in 2002 (I think – it was somewhere in there), I volunteered to help out at St. James Long Branch with their annual Christmas Dinner, which fed several hundred of our underserved neighbors in the parish hall and … Continue reading

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Pentecost 8

Back in the 1st century, there was man named Ignatius, who lived in Antioch.  Ignatius had the good fortune of meeting a man named John, who was also known as the Blessed Disciple, the writer of the Gospel according to … Continue reading

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Pentecost 7

Christianity, along with almost every major religion, has long wrestled with the issue of purity.  The easiest example for us is the Puritans because, well, they called themselves Puritans.  Their main issue was that the Church of England was too … Continue reading

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Pentecost 6

So, it’s been four months since most of you all have been in the church, so welcome back.  If you’re at home watching this because that was the smarter decision for you and for others, well done!  I was asked … Continue reading

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Pentecost 5

In case you didn’t notice, yesterday was the Fourth of July, Independence Day.  Like most of us, I’ve lamented the loss of seeing fireworks and going to parties, and even the loss of being able to mark a certain time … Continue reading

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Pentecost 4

For the last few weeks, the Gospel lessons we’ve been getting have been a little heavy, I’d say. What we’ve been hearing is Jesus preparing His disciples to go out on their own, to lay the groundwork of Jesus’ arrival, … Continue reading

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Pentecost 3

So wow, there’s a lot going on in today’s Gospel, and it can be a bit much to take in.  For one thing, we know a whole bunch of these sayings of Jesus on their own: sheep in the midst … Continue reading

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Pentecost 2

So I tend to think that I am not much into poetry.  All evidence points to this, actually, including my not owning a single book of poetry and my complete lack of understanding of 99% of every poem I’ve ever … Continue reading

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Trinity

It’s Trinity Sunday, that Sunday each year when any thinking Rector pawns off the sermon to someone else, lest they attempt to explain the Trinity themselves and fall into any number of heretical pits.  Unfortunately for me, Vasu is off … Continue reading

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Pentecost

Given that time has taken on a new character in the last few months, I find some comfort in the fact that Church-Time still ticks along normally.  Today is the Day of Pentecost, the fiftieth day after Easter (remember when … Continue reading

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