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4 July, Independence Day: A Handshake with God

A sermon on 5 Pentecost, 5 July 2020   Psalm 145; Deut. 10:17-21; Hebrews 11:8-16; Matt. 5:43-48 By faith Abraham sojourned in the land of promise, as in a foreign land. … Hebrews 11:9   In some church circles, there is the general expectation that the job of a preacher is [to] make his or …

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Sermon, 6/28/20: This Is not a Test

4 Pentecost, 28 June 2020 A Psalm 13; Genesis 22:1-14; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:40-42 After these things God tested Abraham. Gen. 22:1 One would think that, [after decades of existing as pupil/student or professor on one side or another of a desk in a learning situation in a classroom, I would have overcome my aversion …

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An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 6/27/2020

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, I begin my weekly report with a quote from the letter of Paul to the Church at Corinth: “All things are lawful … but not all things are helpful.” (I Cor. 6:12) And so it is that I ask: Is there a dichotomy between transparency and truth-telling? My …

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Sermon for 3 Pentecost, 6/21/20: Dissension in the Ranks

Ps. 86:1-10; Genesis 21:8-21; Romans 6:1b-11; Matthew 10:24-39   “I have come not to bring peace, but a sword.” Matt. 10:34b   In one of the authorized contemporary forms of our Eucharistic Liturgy, the Presider at Mass recites the following words:  Lord God of our Fathers; God of Abraham…and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: …

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An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 6/20/20

Dear Members and Friends of St. James Church, I attach [see Sunday’s post] my thoughts re: today’s lectionary readings and hope that they provide you with thoughts how we might address the issues [that] are literally before us on this third Sunday after Pentecost. I remain optimistic that we have the capacity as a nation, …

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Sermon for 6/4/20: Unanticipated Outcomes of Hospitality

  Psalm 116: 1, 10–17; Genesis 18: 1–15; Romans 5: 1–8; Matthew 9: 35–10:8 Is anything too hard for the Lord?  (Genesis 18: 14a) I.  The Backstory: Art tells a Story When I matriculated at my undergraduate college, I declared myself to be a pre-med major, not that such a major existed.  One could major in …

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An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 6/13/20

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. James, I give you today a brief update as we come closer to the date which our bishop has tentatively set for re-opening our parishes.  That date remains 1 July 2020.  It is subject to revision, as he receives further information and recommendations from those who advise him. Bishop …

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A Sermon on Pentecost: A Birthday Celebration of Sorts?

“When the day of Pentecost had come…. suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind….and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:1-3 Ps. 104:25–35, 37; Acts 2:1–21; I Cor. 12:3b–13; John 20:19–23 Several decades it has now been since I first heard a priest proclaim from the …