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A More Excellent Way

A More Excellent Way. Sermon for February 3rd, 2019 Based on 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 This is the third week that we’ve been reading along from Paul’s first letter to the folks in the Church in the city of Corinth. Today’s epistle reading from Corinthians chapter 13 will no doubt be familiar to many of you […]

We Are the Body

Members of the Body of Christ – For Blyth’s Vestry Sunday Based on 1Corinthians 12:12-31a Today’s reading is from Paul’s first letter to the church in the city of Corinth and a continuation of last Sunday’s reading. So it makes sense to put it into context, to give you some background. This first letter Paul […]

Spiritual Gifts-Mine’s Better Than Yours

Based on 1 Corinthians 12: 1-11 Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian Church is, in the words of my Oxford Annotated Bible, “a fascinating window onto the struggles of community of the movement that developed into Christianity”1. Corinth was the first major urban centre to which Paul brought the good news of Christ. With several […]

Baptism of Jesus

The Baptism of Jesus.  Base on  Luke 3 15-17, 21-23 The recounting of Jesus’ baptism is in all four gospels, which truly is a testament to the importance of the event—all 4 gospellers felt this important enough to include in their accounting of the life and ministry of Jesus. And each one of them, of […]

Message for Epiphany Sunday

The Strange In-Breaking of God Message for Epiphany Sunday January 6, 2018 Once every 6 years January 6th falls on a Sunday, and this is the year, today is Epiphany, the 12th day of Christmas. It is considered one of the Principle Feast Days in the calendar of the Christian Church. Principle Feast Days are—well […]

A Baptism and a Goodbye

A Baptism and Goodbye – Homily for December 30, 2018 Based on 1Samuel 2. 18-20,26  Hannah’s visit to Samuel  and Luke 2: 41-52 Jesus as a boy in the Temple We have come together today for two reasons, an ending and a beginning — the final service before this church is deconsecrated and closed, and […]

What is Wisdom, Really?

What is Wisdom, Really? Based on the following Scriptures:   Proverbs 31: 10-31, Psalm 1, James 3: 13 – 4.3  Mark 9. 30-37 I don’t know about you, but I thought we had some really different scripture readings for today.  I usually focus on just one reading for my homily, and frequently the gospel, but because […]

Faith or Works-Actually Both

Faith or Works? Actually Both! Message for September 9, 2018 Based on James 2: 1-10, 14-17   Our New Testament reading today is again from the letter of James. This is the second of 5 weeks of readings from James, and interestingly, the only time in the entire 3 year cycle of readings, aka “the  […]

Eat My Flesh, Drink My Blood: Abiding in Jesus

Eat My Flesh, Drink My Blood: Abiding in Jesus John 6: 51-69 Message for Aug 19, 2018   This is year B, the second of the three years in our lectionary cycle of readings, and every year B when summer comes around we have a five week series of readings from John’s gospel about Jesus […]

Jesus, As Ordinary as Bread 

Jesus, As Ordinary as Bread Based on: John 6, 35-41 Message for Aug 12, 2018 This is year B, the second of the 3 years in our lectionary cycle of readings, and every year B when summer comes around we have a 5 week series of readings from John’s gospel about Jesus as the bread […]