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Breaking the Taboo

Sunday, November 11, 2012 — Proper 24 B — Mark 12:38-44

We assume that such a worldly matter as money has no place in the spiritual business of the church. That could hardly be further from the truth. There is nothing more spiritual than money. If you want to find out what people truly value in life, look at their checkbook. Look at how we spend our money and you will see our religion.

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For All the Saints

Sunday, November 4, 2012 — All Saints Sunday — John 11:32-44

When we began our worship on this All Saints Sunday by singing one of the great hymns of the church, tears may have filled our eyes. We may have remembered dear “saints” who have passed and are no longer a part of our lives. We sing, “we feebly struggle, (while) they in glory shine.” But there are times when those words seem empty. Our feeble struggle has been filled with disappointment. This is not the life we expected. We thought that our relationship with Jesus ought to count for more than this.

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Setting the Table for Dinner

Saturday, November 3, 2012

For the last several months at Christ Church, we have been doing something very similar as we gather to eat and drink Holy Communion around the Lord’s table. We begin the worship service with a table that is bare and empty. However, when meal preparation begins, we do things that call attention to that fact that this meal is going to be very different.

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Good Enough?

Sunday, October 28, 2012 — Reformation Sunday — John 8:31-36

Today we remember October 31, 1517 when an Augustinian monk by the name of Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany. He wanted to start a debate with his colleagues at the University of Wittenberg on the church’s notorious practice of the sale of indulgences, which to Luther had become the equivalent of putting God up for sale. Luther wanted the church to return to the core of its mission and ministry: the free gift of God’s love in Jesus Christ.

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Through the Eye of a Needle

Sunday, October 14, 2012 — Pentecost 20 B Lectionary 28 — Mark 10:17-31

Maybe being rich is not so much about size of our bank account but the size money in our lives. What is our attitude toward riches? If we have enough money to be afraid to lose it, then we are rich.

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