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The Second Sunday after Epiphany


The Good that Came out of Nazareth “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” “Rabble Rousers! Criminals! Those Nazarenes will bring about the ruin of all that we hold dear!” The more things change, the more people react the same. Sometimes it seems as if the gospel were written specifically for us now—in this place […]

The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 25


Letting Our Light Shine: The Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement In the name of the loving Father, the liberating Son and the life-giving Holy Spirit. Amen. It is wonderful to be with you today. This weekend we will be celebrating not one but two Sunday baptisms—Julian Whipple (son of Brandon and Chelsea) and Simon […]

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 12

Suspend your Disbelief In the name of God. Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. In our gospel lesson today, Jesus tells one short story after another about the Kingdom of God … or in other words, he gives many examples of what the reign of God is like: the uncorrupt world without our free choice […]

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 11


Let Those Thistles Alone St. Augustine is often misquoted, it turns out. Folks are fond of saying he’s the one who coined the phrase: “he who sings, prays twice.” Could be that faulty interpretation sounds like good news to all of us who regularly attend our Saturday evening contemplative service, seeing as we forgo that […]

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 8


“The Promise of Welcome” Air, like a dried bone, parches in the glare of a paralytic sun gripped in a stare. Heat spins its spirals and swerves— the desert is flat, but the sky curves: everything moves yet nothing stirs. Space glistens to a dot in gold; silence shimmers in sandy grooves: everything moves yet […]