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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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William Barter – Pentecost 20, Oct 2, 2016 – Of Mustard Seeds and Slaves

Click HERE to listen to audio of the sermon. Text: Luke 17:5-10 The scripture scholar Markus Barth used to tell his students, “If you can’t find the Word in the text, it isn’t the text’s fault. Dig deeper.”  How deeply do we need to dig to understand the mustard seed exhortation and the slave imagery…

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Klara Tammany – Pentecost 19, 9/25/16 – There is Room at the Table

Note:  This was a difficut text and we had good discussion of it after church after which I made a small edit in the text to clarify what was intended (in bold near the end). Thanks expecially to Tom Tracy for the insignts and cautions about the problems with dualistic thinking in the story.  Comments…

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William Barter – Pentecost 13, 08/14/2016 – About Being on Fire

Gospel Text: Luke 12:49-56 (NRSV) Click HERE for audio Jesus the Cause of Division 49JESUS SAID “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! 51 Do you think that I…

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William Barter – Pentecost 17, 9/11/16 – The Value of the Lost

Gospel Text: Luke 15:1-10 Lost Sheep, Lost Coin Click HERE for Audio You may have heard of this. There is a prankster in California who goes by the name of “obvious plant”. His claim to fame is that he goes around and replaces placards and signs with satire that reflects his comedic genius. He recently…

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Jane Costlow – 6/19/16

Labyrinths and our “ordinary” world For me this Sunday is framed beautifully by two of our scripture readings:  My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? – which is the beginning of the Psalm we read just a few minutes ago – and the extraordinary, visionary words of Paul’s letter to the Galatians:  There…

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Greg Boardman – On Music

I am coming to understand life’s journey to be the ongoing bridging of certain alienations we seem born into: alienation from God, from Nature, from Others, and from ourselves. I see Music, which is my principal door of perception and engagement in this world, as a gift from God to assist me and others in…

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