Sunday, December 18, 2016

December 18, 2016 - the 4th Sunday in Advent

Readings for today.

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[sing] Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright, ‘round yon virgin mother and child.
Wait a second! ‘Mother and child’?  Where’s Joseph?  Wasn’t he there too?  Today’s gospel is one of the few times we hear about Joseph in the Christmas narrative.  And it’s not a story often told, leaving Joseph as a nearly invisible and silent supporting actor.
Tradition and some artistic license have shaped what we “know” about Joseph.  

Sunday, November 27, 2016

November 27, 2016 - 1st Sunday of Advent

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Happy New Year!!  No, I didn’t tear too many pages off my calendar.  Today is the first Sunday of Advent, and the beginning of a new church year.  

Last Sunday we celebrated the end of the year with the observance of Christ the King.  With the promise of a place in Paradise with Jesus ringing in our ears, we start the cycle of the church year anew preparing ourselves for the coming of Christ.

In Advent, we prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ in three ways, as a vulnerable baby born in a stable, as the Spirit of Christ present with us now and always, and as the triumphant King whose coming again we still anticipate.  

Sunday, November 20, 2016

November 20, 2016 - last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King

Readings for today.

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What kind of a king promises thieves and criminals a place in glory?

We find ourselves here at the last Sunday of the church year, Christ the King Sunday, revisiting a text we usually read during Holy Week and recalling the kingship of Jesus.

Jesus was not the king the Hebrew people wanted or expected.  

Sunday, October 30, 2016

October 30, 2016 - Proper 26C

Readings for today (Track 1).

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I want to talk about Reformation this morning.  That might seem like a funny subject for us Episcopalians.  Today is Reformation Sunday!  Reformation Sunday isn’t part of the calendar of The Episcopal Church, but it IS important to our sisters and brothers in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  The ELCA and The Episcopal Church have a Call to Common Ministry, a shared ministry that we entered into about 20 years ago where we share clergy and ministry partnerships.  At Diocesan Convention last weekend we had the two Lutheran bishops from western Washington, the same area that our diocese covers, join us for convention.  So we got a little lesson in reformation from Bishop Jaich.

He defined reformation as something that happens when God’s spirit of grace meets a holy calling.  

Sunday, September 18, 2016

September 18, 2016 - Proper 20: First Sunday at Emmanuel

Readings for the Day (track 1).

Good morning, Emmanuel!

It is pretty exciting to be here with you this morning.  I am marveling at God’s goodness and grace and sense of humor.

This is a homecoming, of sorts, for me.  I first attended Emmanuel when I was in college, and then I had the privilege to be ordained to the priesthood at this very altar nearly 10 years ago.  I have been serving God in ministry in other parts of the country since ordination, and I never expected to find myself back at Emmanuel.  What a joyful surprise, and a bit of grace, to be here, with you for the next little while.  God does have a sense of humor!