The Fourth Sunday of Easter -Good Shepherd Acts 6:1-9, 7:2, 51-60, Psalm 23, 1 Peter 2:13-25, John 10:1-10 I am of that age where many of my peers are forming their adult lives. Marrying, starting careers, having children, moving and establishing lives somewhere, getting involved in a nonprofit and serving their neighbors, gaining new qualifications… Continue reading The Good Shepherd Who Gets His Sheep Killed
Maundy Thursday Exodus 12:1-14, Psalm 78:14-25, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, John 13:1-15 or Luke 22:14-30 This is the night Jesus of Nazareth was handed over to suffer and die. This is the night the armed men came to take him away who had only done good. This is the night the creator of all things was… Continue reading Maundy Thursday
Palm/Passion Sunday Liturgy of the Palms Matt 21:1-11, Ps 118:19-29, Palm Sunday Isa 52:13—53:12, Ps 22:1-11, Phil 2:5-11, Matt 27:1-54 I am, God willing, likely to witness the coronation of the next King of Great Britain. Not in person, obviously, because London is insane on the best of days and I'm not too interested in… Continue reading Palm and Passion Sunday
Last Sunday of Epiphany Exodus 24:12-18, Psalm 99, Philippians 3:7-14, Matthew 17:1-9 The concluding scene of Star Wars Episode 4, A New Hope, is the glorious reward ceremony for the unlikely war heroes; Luke Skywalker the farmer from nowhere, and Han Solo the smuggler who's been everywhere. After destroying the Death Star and saving the… Continue reading On The Transfiguration
Second Sunday of Epiphany Exodus 12:21-28, Psalm 40:1-11, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42 "Sacrifice and offering you do not desire" says the Psalm we read this morning. "Burnt offerings and sin offerings you have not required;" Which is quite an odd thing to read in the Old Testament, especially when our other Old Testament reading… Continue reading The Sacrifice That Is (Not) Required
Christmas Day Isaiah 9:1-7 Psalm 96, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-14(15-20) I don't know about you, but without looking at a map or asking Google, I have serious doubts about my ability to locate the land of Zebulun or Naphtali. I do not know where Midian is either. Yet we heard this morning of these places… Continue reading The Fear that Leads To Faith
Third Sunday in Advent Isaiah 35, Psalm 146, James 5:7-20, Matthew 11:2-19 Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another? said the disciples of John the Baptist. John the Baptist is the cousin of Jesus. His father was a Priest of the Temple and when John was born, he… Continue reading Should We Look For Another?
First Sunday in Advent Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122, Romans 13:8-14, Matthew 24:29-44 This year of 2019 is drawing to a close.This is the year that China landed on the far side of the moon;Francis became the first Pope to visit the Arabian Peninsula;A breakthrough in stem cell treatment appeared to cure a man of HIV;Algeria… Continue reading A Vain Hope?
Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost Jeremiah 14:1-10, 19-22, Psalm 84, 2 Timothy 4:6-18, Luke 18:9-14 This week, the husband of Kim Kardashian, the rapper Kanye West released an album titled JESUS IS KING, which I think is a sentence no one ever thought would be said out loud. It is very good, I would thoroughly commend… Continue reading Sorry Is Enough
St Michael's Day Genesis 28:10-17, Psalm 103, Revelation 12:7-12, John 1:47-51 Today is September 29th, the Feast of Holy Michael and and All Angels, traditionally called Michaelmas. Our Prayer book gives us a number of feasts which we are asked to celebrate each year, which have to do with the events leading up to Christ's… Continue reading Holy Michael and All Angels