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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A sermon offered on Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (At the blessing of the Palms, Zechariah 9:9-12 was read. The lessons at the Mass were Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; and Mark 11:1-11. The Passion according to Mark, Mk 14:1-15:47 was read at the conclusion of the service. Other than Zechariah, these lessons can be read at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== …

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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== The following will be published as The Rector’s Reflection in the April 2015 issue of The Epistle, the newsletter of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. ==================== One of my favorite poems is Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front by Kentucky farmer and poet Wendell Berry: Love the quick profit, the annual raise, vacation with pay. Want more of everything ready-made. Be afraid to know your neighbors and to die. And you …

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Follow @FatherEricF Somewhere in the back of my mind – A Poem “Somewhere in the back of my mind….” I’ve said that before but I don’t really know where that is. “Somewhere in the back of my mind….” as if “my mind” were a place separate and distinct from me, a place where I store things and then forget them, somewhere, in the back. Today was the first warm sunny day in I don’t know how long! Feet deep snow …

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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A sermon offered on the Third Sunday in Lent, March 8, 2015, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day were Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; and John 2:13-22. These lessons can be read at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== Today is the Third Sunday in Lent but, being March 8, it is also the day set aside on the calendar (both that of …

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Decision Train: Between Stimulus and Response – Sermon for Lent 2, 2015

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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A sermon offered on the Second Sunday in Lent, March 1, 2015, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day were Genesis 17:1-7,15-16; Psalm 22:22-30; Romans 4:13-25; and Mark 8:31-38. These lessons can be read at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== I was an English and American literature major in college (well, I finished as an English literature major – I was a biology major, a …

 

Irritating Dryness — A Poem — 22 February 2015

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Follow @FatherEricF There is a dryness in the desert that burns your eyes and makes your skin itch. The dryness of a writer unable to write is like that. An active aridity that irritates. There is a dryness of fresh laundry that crackles and sparks and clings with static vigor . The dryness of a writer unable to write is like that. An electrical energy that irritates. There is a dryness in certain wines that tickles the tongue and whets …

 

What Is Lent All About? – Sermon for Lent 1, 2015

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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A sermon offered on the First Sunday in Lent, February 22, 2015, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day were Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-9; 1 Peter 3:18-22; and Mark 1:9-15. These lessons can be read at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== What is Lent all about? Some say it’s a time when we are supposed to find the presence of God in everyday life. Dr. …

 

Life Is A Banquet And Most Poor Suckers Are Starving To Death: Sermon for Ash Wednesday 2015

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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A sermon offered on the Day of Ashes, Wednesday, February 18, 2015, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day were Joel 2:1-2,12-17; Psalm 103 or 103:8-14; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; and Matthew 6:1-6,16-21. These lessons can be read at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== “Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!” When I began contemplating a sermon for the beginning of …

 

I Wish I Knew Her Name: Simon’s Mother-in-Law – Sermon for Epiphany V, February 8, 2015

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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A sermon offered on the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, February 8, 2015, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day were Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-12,21c; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; and Mark 1:29-39 . These lessons can be read at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== After I did my first sermon-prep read through of this morning’s gospel I thought, “There are two stories here.” Then I thought, “No, …

 

Beyond Jesus’ Instructions: Annual Parish Meeting Sermon – January 25, 2015

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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A sermon offered at the 198th Annual Parish Meeting, the Feast of the Conversion of Paul, January 25, 2015, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day were Acts 26:9-21; Psalm 67; Galatians 1:11-24; and Matthew 10:16-22. These lessons can be read at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== “I heard a voice saying in Hebrew: ‘I have a job for you. I’ve handpicked you to be …