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Love Grows Love

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Love Grows Love

The prologue to John (John 1:1-18) is the Christmas gospel. It reveals how shallow our view of Christmas is. That deep down, we must realize our love is more than practical and theological ideas about God and the nature of Jesus. It’s in every aspect of creation and our very humanity. The Incarnation of Jesus and the […]

Why Stephen?

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Why Stephen

In our crass consumer culture, we get the Feast of St. Stephen which reminds us giving comes with sacrifice and love comes with challenge.   The Feast of St. Stephen is the moral corrector for a shallow Christmas. The question we’ve all asked at some point, even if that point was a short time ago […]

High-Tops

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High-Tops

When someone speaks of their desire to put the Christ back into Christmas, I like to ask which part of Christ is missing: the revolutionary or sacrificial? The Christmas Story is told in the stories of giving shoes and coins Christmas III  | John 1:1-14 Several years ago, when my daughter was very young she was […]

In the Dark

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The Dark

Like our Celtic ancestors, we gather in the dark, in our greatest darkness to be present to the light–because this is how light is best known.   In the darkest night, we can know God’s love best. Christmas II  | Luke 2:(1-7) 8-20 Tonight we gather like our Celtic ancestors did long, long ago. On […]

From the Darkness Comes a Great Light

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The Dark

In the sharing the Christmas story, we’re invited to begin with what we’d avoid. We begin in darkness so we can see how bright the light is.   preparing the whole story Christmas I  | Luke 2:1-14(15-20) Tonight we gather at the setting sun like our Celtic ancestors did long, long ago. They would gather […]

Blessed with a Name

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Blessed with a Name

Our names are more than what we call each other. They help define our identities and beliefs. How we name one another is everything. Identity and the blessing of God Christmas 1A | Numbers 6:22-27 I don’t know how old I was. Maybe 8 or 9. Around my daughter’s age when I first learned what […]

And Darkness Did Not Overcome It

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And Darkness Did Not Overcome It

The opening to John’s gospel gives us a still-radical view of Christmas, the Feast of the Incarnation, as it goes beyond the baby and on to us. The Light of Christ and God’s children Christmas Day |  John 1:1-14 “In the beginning was the Word” When we read these words on Christmas morning, they feel […]

The Song of the Flesh

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The Song of the Flesh

In Christmas, we often see Jesus as coming to quiet the noise. But perhaps it is more like helping us hear the music of creation. In the Incarnation, the Word dwells among us. Christmas Eve |  Luke 2:1-14(15-20) This Advent several of us gathered Sunday evenings to eat together, to talk, to explore the birth […]

Overwhelmed by Joy

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Overwhelmed by Joy

The Evangelist tells a story which resonates so fully with the Hebrew story of oppression and enslavement under Pharaoh. Herod is the new Pharaoh! Judah has become Egypt! Overcoming darkness and restoring the world Christmas 2C |  Matthew 20 For the text and audio, visit the Rector’s Page. Download the text in a PDF: Christmas […]

God Embodied

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God Embodied

The birth story isn’t about Mary and Joseph; it is about how Jesus comes into the world. AND how Jesus keeps coming into the world. The purpose of the Christmas story Christmas 1C | Luke 2:41-52 For the text and audio, visit the Rector’s Page