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William Barter – Lent Four – Year A, 2017

Making light out of mud? There are obviously so many directions one can take with this lengthy miracle story from John’s Gospel.) Today I like to focus on three basic points.  First of all, when we look at the epic social failures that surround this gospel story and the man born blind, we take from…

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William Barter – Lent Two – Year A, 2017

“Nicodemus Evolves” To say that John’s gospel is filled with light and darkness images would be the greatest understatement one could make. And here, once again, we see the light/dark imagery. This time, the dark provides safety to Nicodemus, a leader of the Pharisees who does not want to be detected as he approaches Jesus….

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William Barter – Lent One – Year A, 2017

Poor banished children of Eve! A former Roman Catholic priest, raised by a Catholic mother and a United Methodist father, now a Lutheran pastor, former executive of the Maine Council of churches, and on loan to the Episcopalians as the “priest-in-charge” at Trinity church of Lewiston. One could say that this community may have hit…

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William Barter – Fifth Sunday in Epiphany – February 5, 2017

Today’s sermon. You can listen to the audio version at the link below, or read the text of the sermon below the audio link.   In my first or maybe second week of volunteering in the Jubilee Center, I was approached by a man who spoke French and very little English. He had in his…

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William Barter – 4th Sunday in Epiphany – January 29, 2017

Available in audio podcast and written text (below) Today we hear the first of four consecutive installments from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s gospel.  In Matthew, the Sermon on the Mount is Jesus’ first public act of ministry. Unlike the water jars at Cana in John and the healing of the demonic in…

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William Barter – Christmas Sermon – 2016

  On Babies, vulnerability, and the call to intimacy with Jesus.     Click here for the audio podcast of the sermon The Greek god Zeus had a habit of disguising himself as humans and animals. Most of the time, it was for his own pleasure and manipulation of humans. The Gods who appear as…

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William Barter – Advent 4 – December 18, 2016 – Hope, Incarnation, and Bearing God into the World

Advent Four, year A. December 18, 2016. Audio link of sermon and prayers, for computer playback or podcast Link to Readings and Collect for today from the Episcopal Church “On the one hand [Mary] was just a girl, an immature and frightened girl who had the good sense to believe what an angel told her…

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Judy Angsten – Last Sunday of Pentecost, November 20, 2016 – Forgiveness

So, is everybody ready for Christmas? It is right around the corner. Today is the the final Sunday of Pentecost. Advent begins next week. We are in a time of ecclesiastical transition and change. The church has always been about change. The Old Testament changed into the New Testament. The bridge linking the two is…

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William Barter – Pentecost 23, October 23, 2016 – Righteousness and Pride

Audio CLICK HERE It is important, when we talk about Pharisees in the gospel context, to be careful about generalizations. I have many friends who are rabbis. They are happy to be descendants of the Pharisees.  Being a Pharisee is a good thing in Judaism. It is anti-Semitic to equate being a Pharisee with being…

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Richard Forcier – Pentecost 22, October 16, 2016 – Jacob’s Blessing

Text: Jeremiah 31:27-34 In today’s first reading, we are confronted by the most thoroughly human character in the Bible.  Jacob has spent his entire life deceiving and cheating.  He grabs at the heel of his yet unborn brother in the womb.  Participating in a plot with his mother, he steals his brother’s birthright. After fleeing…

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