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Preparing for Penance

Take a breath. The holidays and Holy Days are behind us. St. Francis’ Day, Halloween, All Saint’s Day, All the Faithful Departed, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, the coming of the Wise Men, the Baptism of our Lord, and the Epiphany. We’re now in Ordinary Time. The English name is...

In God’s Name

Epiphany 4A – 2023 – Kentwood and Wyoming – The Rev. Canon Valerie Ambrose The news this past week has been distressing.  We heard or more shootings, more mass shootings, violence by those committed to serve and protect, political rancor, rising inflation with food prices so high many families are struggling to feed themselves;...

Outer and Inner Change

Year A Isaiah 9:1-4 Psalm 27:1, 5-13 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Matthew 4:12-23 May the words of my mouth…   O God…   speak your truth…  Something happened…  something on the outside…  but also something on the inside…  Jesus heard that his cousin John had been arrested… and in that moment… something in him shifted…  he may have become more aware...

Telling Our Stories

Year A Isaiah 49:1-7 Psalm 40:1-12 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 John 1:29-42 Behold the Lamb of God… who takes away the sin of the world… We find these words… or some variation of them… not just in today’s Gospel… but in the Gloria that we just sang… in The Great Litany… in some versions of the Angus Dei we...

Light in the Water

Year A Isaiah 42:1-9 Psalm 29 Acts 10:34-43 Matthew 3:13-17 May the words of my mouth O God…  speak your truth… A sacrament is an outward and visible sign…   of an inward spiritual grace…  it’s the thing you see…  which represents the bigger thing that’s going on under the surface…  the Episcopal church holds to seven sacraments…  confirmation… ...