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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== This sermon was preached on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day were: Jeremiah 31:1-6; Psalm 118:1-2,14-24; Colossians 3:1-4; and John 20:1-18. These lessons can be read at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== Several days ago, as I was reading again the Easter story and the sections of the Holy Scriptures appointed for this year, I had the radio on and tuned to …

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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== This sermon was preached on Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day were: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; and Matthew 21:1-11. In addition, Zechariah 9:9-12 was read at the Liturgy of the Palms, and the Passion story, Matthew 26:14-27:66, was read at the conclusion of the Mass. Except for the Zechariah text, these lessons can be read at The Lectionary Page.) …

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Gospel of Mark: Jesus said: “For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Mark 9:49-50 (NRSV) – April 8, 2014.) As Mark constructs his version of the story of Jesus, the Lord has just advised his followers to cut off body parts that might cause …

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Gospel of Mark: They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – …

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A Present, Close, Immediate Reality – Sermon for Lent 5A – April 6, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== This sermon was preached on the Fifth Sunday in Lent, April 6, 2014, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day were: Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11; and John 11:1-45. These lessons can be read at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== Let’s just do a bit of bible study today. I think we’ll see a common theme in the three lessons. First, the very familiar prophetic vision of …

 

Given First by God – From the Daily Office – April 5, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From the First Letter to the Corinthians: Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NRSV) – April 5, 2014.) There are six …

 

Bodies, Bees, Ants, Trees – From the Daily Office – April 3, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From the First Letter to the Corinthians: The body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot were to say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear were to say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part …

 

Compartmentalization – From the Daily Office – April 2, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From the First Letter to the Corinthians: Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according …

 

Gathered – From the Daily Office – April 1, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Genesis: When Jacob ended his charge to his sons, he drew up his feet into the bed, breathed his last, and was gathered to his people. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Genesis 49:33 (NRSV) – April 1, 2014.) He has kicked the bucket, cashed in his chips, shuffled off this mortal coil, gone the way of all flesh, croaked, gone home, passed away, turned up his toes, ridden the pale horse, fallen off his perch, …

 

Four-Legged Fealty – From the Daily Office – March 31, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Gospel of Mark: Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go — …