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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A sermon offered, on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B, December 21, 2014, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day, RCL Advent 4B, were 2 Samuel 7:1-11,16; Canticle 15 [Luke 1:46-55]; Romans 16:25-27; and Luke 1:26-38. These lessons can be read at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== The Episcopal Church is a church of refugees. The majority of Episcopalians were not born into this …

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Follow @FatherEricF I’m sitting in my office in the basement of the church building. So far as I know, I’m the only person here. The food pantry volunteers have cleaned up and put away the tables, boxes, and other accoutrements of their ministry. The hundred or so client families have been sent away with bags of groceries, frozen chickens, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and all the rest of what they need not only for a Christmas dinner but for a week …

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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A sermon offered, on the Third Sunday of Advent, Year B, December 14, 2014, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day, RCL Advent 3B, were Isaiah 66:1-4,8-11; Psalm 8126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; and John 1:6-8,19-28. These lessons can be read at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to …

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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== On the First Sunday of Advent, Year B, November 30, 2014, this sermon was offered to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day, RCL Advent 1B, were Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; and Mark 13:24-37. These lessons can be read at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== When Philip told Nathanael that he had found the Messiah and that he was the son of …

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Anticipating an Ordination – From the Daily Office – November 7, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Wisdom of Jesus, Son of Sirach: The leader of his brothers and the pride of his people was the high priest, Simon son of Onias, who in his life repaired the house, and in his time fortified the temple. When he put on his glorious robe and clothed himself in perfect splendor, when he went up to the holy altar, he made the court of the sanctuary glorious. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Eccesiasticus 50:1,11 …

 

Singing of the Senate – From the Daily Office – November 6, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Wisdom of Jesus, Son of Sirach: Let us now sing the praises of famous men, our ancestors in their generations. The Lord apportioned to them great glory, his majesty from the beginning. There were those who ruled in their kingdoms, and made a name for themselves by their valor; those who gave counsel because they were intelligent; those who spoke in prophetic oracles; those who led the people by their counsels and by their knowledge of …

 

The Midterm Zombie Apocalypse – From the Daily Office – November 5, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Apocalypse of John of Patmos: The fifth angel poured his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness; people gnawed their tongues in agony, and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and sores, and they did not repent of their deeds. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Revelation 16:10-11 (NRSV) – November 5, 2014) The Republicans won control of the Senate. Facebook and other social media this …

 

Political Rainbow – From the Daily Office – November 4, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From Ecclesiasticus: Look at the rainbow, and praise him who made it; it is exceedingly beautiful in its brightness. It encircles the sky with its glorious arc; the hands of the Most High have stretched it out. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Sirach 43:11-12 (NRSV) – November 4, 2014) Today in the US is the midterm election. I live in a decidedly “red” state with very little chance than any state office or congress seat currently held …

 

Divisive Prayer – From the Daily Office – November 3, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From Luke’s Gospel: Jesus said, “Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! From now on, five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three.” (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Luke 12:51-52 (NRSV) – November 3, 2014) This isn’t what we want or expect to hear from “the Prince of Peace,” but here it is! Jesus is not going to …

 

Stewardship Smiles – From the Daily Office – November 1, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From Ecclesiasticus: Be generous when you worship the Lord, and do not stint the first fruits of your hands. With every gift show a cheerful face, and dedicate your tithe with gladness. Give to the Most High as he has given to you, and as generously as you can afford. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Sirach 35:10-12 (NRSV) – November 1, 2014) It’s about to come to an end, the annual appeal to church members everywhere to …