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2 Epiphany-Year B
January 14, 2018
1 Samuel 3:1-20, Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17, 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, John 1:43-51
Back in the day I loved riding roller coasters. As a kid it is easy to imagine that I’m on this wild, scary ride, even though it is on a track and does exactly the same thing every time. As kids we’re taught that tracks are good things. We’re taught to follow the straight and narrow, in order to learn how to navigate safely in this world by avoiding destructive decisions. In our teenage years we may still enjoy the rides, but we grow tired of the straight and narrow of the track our parents set us on. So we may experiment with jumping off the track, but usually once we are through with school and get a real job, we settle down again on a conventional track, so that each day is pretty much like the day before. Each trip starts in one place in the morning and ends in the same place in the evening, because we’re on the same track–day after day, year after year. Continue reading
January 7, 2018
Genesis 1:1-5, Psalm 29, Acts 19:1-7, Mark 1:4-11
Paul shows up in Ephesus, a great port city on the Aegean Sea, and finds some followers of Jesus. He’s looking for transforming worship, but he doesn’t find it. Was the worship flat and boring? Was it precious and smarmy? Was it pompous and proud? Whatever it was, it forces Paul to ask an arresting question: “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you first believed?” But they answer: we never even heard of a holy Spirit”–which explains everything because only Holy Spirit creates in us the ability to worship in deep and healing ways.
So the question for any church is, how do we know if our worship is man-made or Spirit-led? Continue reading
December 31, 2017
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”
There is much speculation about what John means when he refers to the Word that was in the beginning with God, the Word that was God and that became flesh and lived among us. The simplest explanation is that John knows his Bible and is referring to a common phrase in the Old Testament, “the word of the Lord.” For instance, in Genesis 15:1 we read: “the word of the Lord came to Abraham in a vision” or in Jeremiah 1:2 we read: “The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah in the days of King Josiah”. For John, the word of the Lord in the Old Testament becomes flesh and blood in Jesus of Nazareth. Continue reading
December 24, 2017
Isaiah 9:2-7, Psalm 96, Titus 2:11-20, Luke 2:1-20
I’ve only been to Bethlehem once, in August 1973, the summer after I graduated from the University of Georgia. My girlfriend and I made the 6 mile walk from Jerusalem to Bethlehem and the 4th century Church of the Nativity. Now I only remember a few things: I remember the low doorway and the steps that go down to the cave where it is believed Jesus was born. On our way down I realized we’d have to wait because the grotto was filled with a bus load of Evangelicals from Ohio, listening to their preacher drone on and then they sang a carol. It struck me as somehow wrong—it made me angry that I had to wait on these people: loud American tourists dropping in on the holy sites, as if Israel were a Disney theme park. Continue reading
A beautiful video has been made introducing All Saints’, and it’s now available for anyone.
Feel free to share it!
And many thanks to Patrick Snow of Chelmsford for making this and allowing us to use it.
3 new 2017 mosaics are now hanging in the parish hall in celebration of All Saints’ 150th anniversary. Each of them consists of over 5000 individual images that were taken from all sorts of parish life events including services, parties, marriages, and fellowship events throughout the years.
I’m fairly certain that each of you can find yourself somewhere in them! OK maybe you won’t be able to find yourself, b ut it’s very likely that YOU ARE THERE!