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The Meal

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This gathering for a common meal has been the distinctive mark of Christian worship from the evening of the resurrection on Easter Day until now…(Read More)

Doing Good

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There is a long history about religious people who do good, but their good acts provoke opposition from religious authorities. In today’s reading Jesus does two good things things, but he provokes opposition because he acts outside the conventions and customs of his religious heritage…(Read More)

I’ve Got a Friend Who…

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Paul encourages us to limit our freedoms out of respect for other’s scruples, conscience, or even their superstitions. It is a generous practice…(Read More)

“Getting a do-over”

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Psalm 118 (morning), Psalm 145 (evening) 2 Kings 20:1-21 Acts 12:1-17 Luke 7:11-17 “Getting a do-over” seems to be the theme in today’s readings. Hezekiah appears to be on the brink of death; instead, he ends up getting fifteen more years and displays his gratitude through his…(Read More)

Saturday October 1

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Choosing Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. A scribe then approached and said, ‘Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere…(Read More)

Border Territory

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Today we have two of Matthew’s stories about Jesus operating around and across the borders of Jewish society…(Read More)

How Do We Know?

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How do we know what is the will of God? How can we give priority to God’s will rather than to our self-centered motivation…(Read More)

The Golden Rule

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How many injustices and how much violence might have been avoided had Christians been faithful to our Rabbi and his teaching: “Do not judge… How can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? …In everything do to others as you…(Read More)

Two Phrases

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Indeed, if the economic admonitions of the Lord’s Prayer and the other parts of this sermon were actually practiced, the needs that we worry about — “what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body what you will wear” — such needs would be eliminated…(Read More)

Sergius, Abbot of Holy Trinity

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Psalm 87 Proverbs 4:1-9 1 John 2:15-17 Luke 8:16-21 When the Metropolitan Alexis felt his life was drawing to a close, he summoned Sergius to him, wishing to bless him and appoint him as his successor. Fearfully, Sergius declined. One of the symbols of authority worn by the Metropolitan…(Read More)

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