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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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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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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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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Sunday, October 7, 2012 — Proper 19 B Lectionary 27 — Mark 10:2-16
When I meet with a couple to discuss their coming marriage, I tell them, “You may think that you are getting married because you love each other. But actually it is just the opposite. You are getting married because this is how you will learn to love each other.” We then begin a conversation about the challenges and blessings that lie ahead. During the course of their dating, they have probably been more interested in impressing each other than in telling the truth. They have tried to look their best and behave their best. They have made sure that every hair was in place and that no one caught a whiff of an embarrassing odor.
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