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Jesus’ Ministry is Ours Too

Year C Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Psalm 19 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a Luke 4:14-21 May the words of my mouth O God…  speak your truth… It’s almost as if this set of lectionary readings were chosen for us…  it’s almost as though somehow…  Providence knew…  that today…  we’d be having our annual meeting…  and thought these readings would be...

The Baptism of Love

Year C Isaiah 43:1-7 Psalm 29 Acts 8:14-17 Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 May the words of my mouth O God…  speak your truth… If you blinked…  you might have missed it…  if you thought about what to have for lunch…  it may not have registered…  in today’s reading from Isaiah…  verse four…  is the only place in the Bible… ...

Love Wins

Year C Jeremiah 31:7-14 Psalm 84:1-8 Ephesians 1:3-615-19a Matthew 2:13-1519-23 May the words of my mouth O God…  speak your truth… Bp. Frank Louge…  of the Diocese of Georgia wrote…  that on this Second Sunday after Christmas…  Matthew recounts the narrow escape of the Holy Family…  when King Herod ordered the execution of all babies two years old...

Brighter than a Supernova

It feels a bit odd to write an Epiphany article on the heels of Christmas because we’re still in the midst of Christmastide. But even in the days after Christmas, it may be helpful to explain why “Jesus born in Bethlehem” (Matthew 2:1) is something we experience in Holy Communion. Bethlehem literally means “house...

Under the Surface

Year C Isaiah 52:7-10 Psalm 98 Hebrews 1:1-4 John 1:1-14 May the words of my mouth O God…  speak your truth… I didn’t want it to be John’s Gospel tonight…  not on Christmas Eve…  I wanted the familiar stories about Mary and Joseph… and inns…  and mangers…  and oxen and sheep…  and a baby…  and shepherds in the...