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Lent 1—Year B
February 18, 2018
Genesis 9:8-17, Psalm 25:1-9, 1 Peter 3:18-22, Mark 1:9-15
The first letter of John offers this truth: “Whoever does not love abides in death.” But as a species we know how to deal with such truths, don’t we! We turn love into a feeling, even a very deep feeling! Like, “I feel terrible about those poor students and teachers who were murdered in Parkland Florida on Ash Wednesday.” Continue reading
February 14, 2018
Joel 2:1-2,12-17, or Isaiah 58:1-12, Psalm 103:8-14, 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10, Matthew 6:1-6,16-21
Every year The Episcopal Church Pension Fund puts out a calendar with a different cartoon for each month. Usually it’s something funny about life in an Episcopal parish. For February its reads: “Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day both fall on February 14? A win/win for the greeting card industry.” Then it shows the four possible greeting cards. The first card says, “Roses are red, violets are blue, Lent is beginning, no chocolate for you.” Continue reading
February 11, 2018
2 Kings 2:1-12, Psalm 50:1-6, 2 Corinthians 4:3-6, Mark 9:2-9
My granddaughter Eleanor who is in second grade had a small Ah-Ha moment last Sunday. Stephanie was reading a book to her about Eleanor of Aquitaine, a 12th century Queen of France and England, when they came across a king with an X after his name. Then, there was another king with IX after his name—and Eleanor wanted to know what these letters meant, so Stephanie tells her about Roman Numerals and explains that X equals 10, and IX equals 9. At which point a light goes off in Eleanor and she gets a piece of notebook paper to write down the translation of Roman numerals to our numbers. Stephanie helps her go from 1 to 50, and then Eleanor works with great intensity to go from L to C. She will never look at X the same again. We’ve all had such moments. Good teachers live to see their students have such moments. Continue reading
If you woke this morning to the beautiful snow, and wondered, “Will there be Church School at the 10am service today?” the answer is YES. While we understand if you can’t make it, due to the piles of snow we all are faced with, we wanted to reassure you that if you can make it to church, we will be there, making pretzels!
All the best,
Laura Marshall and the Church School
February 4, 2018
Isaiah 40:21-31, Psalm 147:1-12, 21c, 1 Corinthians 9:16-23, Mark 1:29-39
Back in the day clergy were told that we should have the New York Times in one hand and the Bible in the other as we write our sermons. For this sermon I have Boston sports radio in one hand and today’s gospel reading in the other. So three weeks ago the talk was about Tom Brady’s hand which had been cut in practice. Then since the AFC Championship game the talk was about Gronk’s head since his concussion. This past week I’ve heard talk that one reason the Patriots have been so successful over the years is because they practice better than other teams. Continue reading
January 28, 2018
Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Psalm 111, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Mark 1:21-28
The teaching method of rabbis, at the time of Jesus and now is a beautiful thing: a rabbi will talk about scripture by using the teaching of other rabbis who have had different things to say about a passage in the Bible. One rabbi helps the congregation enter a great conversation in which the whole people of God wrestle with the Word of God—after all the name Israel means one who struggles with God. It why the saying is true: wherever there are two rabbis there will be at least three opinions. Our culture today could profit by this form of conversation, as a substitute for just yelling at the idiots on the other side. Continue reading
Pancake Suppers, pretzel making and more! Click on the February Church School Newsletter to read about what’s going on at All Saints’!
The Living Stones capital campaign has had quite a bit of activity this year!
Click here to read the details and background information about the campaign and status of projects: Living Stones Status