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From the Gospel: The word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. In the Name of the one, holy, and undivided Trinity. Amen.
From the prophet Jeremiah: In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In the Name of the one, holy, and undivided Trinity, Amen.
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world.” In the Name of the one, holy, and undivided Trinity. Amen.
And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. In the Name of the one, holy, and undivided Trinity. Amen.
One of the scribes asked Jesus, “Which commandment is the first of all?” In the Name of the one, holy, and undivided Trinity. Amen.
From the Gospel: Jesus and his disciples came to Jericho. In the Name of the one, holy, and undivided Trinity. Amen.
In the Name of the one, holy, and undivided Trinity. Amen.
Job said, “Oh, that I knew where I might find God
From the Revelation to John: War broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. In the name of one, holy, and undivided Trinity. Amen.
The rich and the poor have this in common: the LORD is the maker of them all.
What is that Good News?
In reading from the Hebrew scriptures and the reading from the Gospel we see two confrontations with God. In Second Samuel we hear part two of the sordid story of David and Bathsheba.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
From Paul’s letter to the Ephesians: God destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In the Name of the one, holy, and undivided Trinity. Amen.
We are Christian citizens of the United States.
Why is the Ascension so important?
Love is indeed a many splendored thing.
The odd thing is that the Greek word translated by “prunes” really means “cleansed” or “purified.”
We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us– and we ought to lay down our lives for one another.
Anxiety can come in two flavors: chronic and acute. . . .As Christians how can the practice of our faith help?
Today’s readings are a simple declaration that Jesus rose from the dead with a physical body. This was difficult to believe from the very beginning, but those who met the risen Jesus had no doubts afterward. The account in the Gospel of John is vivid and clear.
Alleluia! Christ is risen!
distractions cannot be overcome; one must let them wash over and past. Like swimming in the surf. To swim against the breakers one must dive into them and join the water.
…we should rejoice whenever we see love being expressed in extravagant giving. Divine love is always extravagant and costly.
We are saved from a life of sin for a live of good. We are saved from a life of alienation and selfishness for a life of community and love.
The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
So as we walk with Jesus toward Jerusalem in this season of Lent, we find ways to stop clinging to our lives and rather spending them extravagantly in love and compassion. We will find power in letting go.
We are people called to proclaim the Gospel both in what we say and in the way we live our lives.
We all get to be the conduit through which God’s love pours forth into the world touching the lives of all whom we meet.
Let us be created anew by the Spirit of God. Let us create a new world through love.
The Fourth Sunday of Advent E. Bevan StanleyDecember 20, 2020Year B 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16Romans 16:25-27Luke 1:26-38 Mary said to the angel, “Let it be with me according to your word.” In […]
The Third Sunday of Advent E. Bevan StanleyDecember 13, 2020Year B, RCLIsaiah 61:1-4, 8-11Psalm 126 or Canticle 3 or Canticle 151 Thessalonians 5:16-24John 1:6-8, 19-28 “There was a man sent from God, whose […]
This is the feast of Christ the King. God calls us to be loyal citizens of God’s Kingdom.
Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
“Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” In the Name of the one, holy, and undivided Trinity. Amen.
I don’t know about you, but I am finding myself getting grumpy about this COVID19 thing, the divisions in our country, and not being able to gather with friends and family