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We the Saints

Death will be no more … for the first things have passed away… ‘See, I am making all things new.’ (Revelation 21:1-6a) Who are the saints? And, who cares? I recall an image of running the Boston marathon described by … Continue reading

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Impossible Questions: a sermon for Thanksgiving and Confirmation

In observing Jesus’ teaching style in this text (Matthew 6:24-34), indeed throughout the gospels, notice all the questions he asks. Normally, you would think the student is the only one who asks questions of the teacher, not the other way … Continue reading

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Traveling stones: a pilgrimage lesson in letting go

In the sixth century Saint Benedict said, “A monk should have death always before his eyes.”[1] ‘Death’ doesn’t need to refer only to our physical demise at the end of life but to any loss experienced in life. There are … Continue reading

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funeral sermon – Epiphany

Something of eternal consequence had already started the day before Derry died. As is customary in the weekly bible study at Faith, we take turns reading the scripture for the day. And we read that same scripture over three times, … Continue reading

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Faith’s fire & water

Please read Psalm 82, and Luke 12:49-56 — the appointed biblical texts for Pentecost+13, Year C (Revised Common Lectionary) You may have heard some of the old rhymes of how outdoors’ enthusiasts and mariners have interpreted the appearance of the … Continue reading

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Today

In Andy Weir’s book and movie entitled, “The Martian”, the character played by actor Matt Damon – Mark Watney – is stranded on Mars. And he decides to survive using whatever scientific means possible and using whatever resources are at … Continue reading

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Like ripping up money

What would you do with a five dollar bill, if someone just gave it to you — no strings attached? What if I just ripped it up? You may react to this wanton act of waste. With good reason. Although … Continue reading

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