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Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany Yr A: 2/9/2020

Epiphany 5: Yr A

Paul – “we have the mind of Christ”. When you and I invite God to be the directing force in our lives, we are changed. We come to know that what we are comes from gifts God has given us. We are each a creation of God, planned by God. And each of us has a unique mix of skills and talents, personality and passions, likes and dislikes, that as Christians – we turn over the steering wheel to Jesus, who knows us better than we know ourselves.

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany Yr A: 2/2/2020

Epiphany 4: Yr A
The Presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ at the Temple

Today’s readings all focus on the themes of symbols, ritual and blessing.

In the OT lesson, the prophet Malachi is frustrated with temple priests who corrupt worship and mislead the people. Malachi records God saying, “I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple.” This prophecy appears to foretell Jesus being dedicated to God at the temple. For Malachi, God’s presence among us is made known in the temple.

Third Sunday after the Epiphany Yr A: 1/26/2020

Epiphany 3: Yr A

Two sets of brothers, Simon Peter and Andrew, and James and John were fishermen at Capernaum, a little town on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.  Jesus called all of them to follow him. They instantly dropped the fishing nets they were mending, and left their boats, their hired laborers, and their father; they left everything to follow Jesus.

Second Sunday after the Epiphany Yr A: 1/19/2020

Epiphany 2: Yr A

Six years ago I was given the life changing invitation by Bp Mary to be on the team from this diocese who met with teams from Tanzania and Gloucester, England to get to know each other, and to discuss how we are different, and how we are the same. People from Gloucester and DWT told us how Christianity came to their country, and how Christianity is shaped and witnessed in their countries today. The speakers from TZ described how the hunger for faith in Jesus was so strong that they could not build new churches fast enough

Last Sunday after Epiphany: 3/3/2019

Epiphany Last Yr C

Moses veiled his face to avoid scaring the people.  Even though this was a ‘reflection’ of God’s glory, the people felt fear from being so close to the power and glory of God. Years later, Jewish rabbis gave a name to the manifestations of God’s presence: the Shekinah – God’s visible presence – proof of God ‘dwelling’ among us.

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany: 2/17/2019

Epiphany 6C

Today’s scripture lessons all point to the truth that our Christian faith calls us to make a choice to live by a different and higher standard than the rest of the world.  In Luke’s Gospel, immediately before his Sermon on the Plain, Jesus had chosen the 12 he wanted to be his disciples. He gave this teaching to them – to his inner circle – about the choice they would need to make. It was an age-old choice.