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What About The Fourth Wise Man?

As you know, the Feast of the Epiphany commemorates the magi or wise men visiting Jesus in Bethlehem and bringing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:1-12). Holy scripture does not tell us their names or how many there…

A Sermon Collection From Advent-Christmas 2021

Today brings us to the end of the Christmas season and, with tomorrow's Feast of the Epiphany, the beginning of the Epiphany season. Here are some ways to enter more deeply into the meaning of the season: Hear the story of the fourth wise man; Bless your home with chalk; andRead the Epiphany Proclamation of…

Epiphany Proclamation Of Easter 2022

The ancient Church had a practice of announcing the dates of Easter as well as other feasts and fasts that do not have a fixed date. Since the Epiphany is a fixed date feast (January 6) and also the last major fixed date feast before we enter the Easter cycle which is characterized by moveable…

House Blessing With Chalk, Epiphany 2022

The Church has a custom of blessing homes on the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6) and the weeks following. Family and friends gather to ask God’s blessing on their homes and those who live in or visit the home. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our home, our…

What Will You Do With Your Fear In 2022? – A Sermon On Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23

So we’re two days into the new year, what are you thinking about 2022 this morning? Will 2022 be different from and better than 2021? I don’t know but I suspect that’s a question many of us are asking and wondering about, and with good reason.  2021 began with an attack on our nation’s capitol…

Standing On The Threshold Eve – Ponderings And A Prayer For 2022

As we move closer to the New Year and that threshold Eve between 2021 and 2022, I’ve been thinking of the Israelites standing at the Eve of their entry into the Promised Land.  What do you imagine they were thinking, feeling, and saying as they stood at that Eve and looked onto the Promised Land?…

It Still Matters – A Reflection On The Feast Of The Holy Innocents, Matthew 2:13-18

Today is the Feast of the Holy Innocents - Matthew 2:13-18 When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the…

Grace Upon Grace – A Sermon On John 1:1-18

Photo by Keighla Exum on Unsplash Pecan pie. That’s what I thought about as I was reading today’s gospel (John 1:1-18) and preparing for this sermon. I thought about pecan pie. I know, it’s a strange connection but stick with me. It’s not as much of a half-baked idea as it sounds. A couple days before Christmas Cyndy…

It’s Just Us And The Baby – A Christmas Day Sermon On Luke 2:8-20

By unknown artist, according to the template of Angelos Akotantos - Photographer: Petar Milošević, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons Today’s sermon is going to be pretty low key. I think that’s what this day calls for. This day always feels to me more like a day for reflection than proclamation. I’m taking my cue here from…

Tonight It Is Filled – A Christmas Eve Sermon On Luke 2:1-20

When I was kid I loved the “then and there” Christmas story. You know it. It’s the one we just heard from the gospel according to St. Luke (Luke 2:1-20). It begins, “In those days …” and it happened “in that region.”  “In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus ….”“In that region…

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