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Praise ye!

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Commemoration of Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frederick Handel and Henry Purcell Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and…(Read More)

John 6:1-21: Bread

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John 6.1-21 Like much of the world in this Olympic year, I’m gearing up for a couple of weeks of broken sleep, when too much sport is never enough. Winners are grinners, but I wonder why every commentary I’ve read makes the point that the Miracle of the Feeding of the…(Read More)

In Times of Grief: Lament and Faith Faith endures; but my address to God is uncomfortably, perplexingly altered. It’s off-target, qualified. I want to ask for Eric back. But I can’t. So I aim around the bull’s-eye. I want to ask that God protect the members of my family, but…(Read More)

For the love of chops

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Let us therefore no longer pass judgement on one another, but resolve instead never to put a stumbling-block or hindrance in the way of another. I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. If your brother or…(Read More)

Thomas à Kempis

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Commemoration of Thomas à Kempis, monk, priest, and writer Psalm 33:1-5, 20-21 Ecclesiastes 9:11-18 Ephesians 4:32-5:2 Luke 6:17-23 Man proposes, but God disposes. Of two evils, the less is always to be chosen. Out of sight, out of mind. The absent are always in the wrong…(Read More)

Micah 6: “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.” “How many failures do you have in your youth group?” asks a cynical member of the congregation who is looking for some way to condemn the Native American youth. “I don’t have any,” I…(Read More)

Psalm 63:1-8 (9-11), 98 (Morning) Psalm 44 (Evening) Joshua 6:15-27 Acts 22:30-23:11 Mark 2:1-12 Acts 22:30-23:11 (NRSV:) Since he wanted to find out what Paul was being accused of by the Jews, the next day he released him and ordered the chief…(Read More)

Authorities

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Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgement. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad…(Read More)

Mark 6:30– reflections

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It ain’t easy being green, or a vicar, or a dad; they each come with their own special challenges, although being a frog would be hard. But what must it be like to have been an apostle? The spiritual ones among us would rejoice, like Fr Mulcahy of M*A*S*H, because they…(Read More)

In order that your solitude may not appall you and that you may dwell the more safely in your cell three guardians have been assigned to you: God, your conscience, and your spiritual father. To God you owe devotion and the entire gift of self; to your conscience the respect which will make you ashamed…(Read More)

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