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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A sermon offered on the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, February 7, 2016, to the people of Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland, Ohio, where Fr. Funston was guest preacher at the monthly Solemn Sung Eucharist. (The lessons for the day are Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99, 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2, and St. Luke 9:28-36. These lessons may be found at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra! Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra . . . . [silence] Shaka, when …

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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A sermon offered on the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, February 7, 2016, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day are Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99, 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2, and St. Luke 9:28-43a. These lessons may be found at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== As many of you know, Evie and I were privileged to make a pilgrimage to the holy places of Palestine summer before …

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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A sermon offered on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, January 24, 2016, to the 199th Annual Meeting of the members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day are Acts 26:9-21; Psalm 67; Galatians 1:11-24; and St. Matthew 10:16-22. These lessons may be found at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== An enemy whom God has made a friend, A righteous man discounting righteousness, Last to believe …

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Follow @FatherEricF Pragmatic vs Visionary From the Daily Office Lectionary for Friday in the week of Epiphany 2, Year 2 (22 January 2016) Genesis 12:1 ~ Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.” I haven’t written one of these Daily Office Meditations for over a month – the last was in early Advent. There’s been no good reason for not doing so …

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Abundant Grace (Cana, Weddings & Primates) – Sermon for Epiphany 2, 17 January 2016

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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A sermon offered on the Second Sunday after Epiphany, January 17, 2016, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day are Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 36:5-10; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; and St. John 2:1-11. These lessons may be found at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== As I begin this sermon today, I would like to call your attention to two verses of Psalm 36 which we all recited …

 

On the Episcopal Church’s “Suspension”

Follow @FatherEricF “Any man more right than his neighbors constitutes a majority of one already.” – Henry David Thoreau. It has been argued that an “overwhelming majority of Anglican Primates believe” that the Episcopal Church has erred in its decision this past summer to open the sacrament of marriage to same-sex couples (and in its earlier actions ordaining gay and lesbian persons to the priesthood and presbyterate). However, what the majority of Primates believe, if it is contrary to the …

 

Saying “Good-Bye” to Our Dog (9 January 2016)

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Follow @FatherEricF Her Ladyship Fionnaghuala “Fionna” nic Bhailecraic, Dowager Marchioness of Medina, my nearly constant companion of the last nine years, made her last trip to the vet’s office this morning and went to sleep for the last time at 9:10 a.m. For the first time in 27 years, the Funstons are dog-less. For me, personally, it’s only the second time in 45 years without a dog. I’m not sure how to handle this, but I will. When I was …

 

Just Like Adam; Just Like Jesus – Sermon for 1 Epiphany (10 January 2016)

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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A sermon offered on the First Sunday after Epiphany (The Baptism of our Lord), January 10, 2016, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day are Isaiah 43:1-7, Psalm 29, Acts 8:14-17, and Luke 3:15-17,21-22. These lessons may be found at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== We’ve heard this Gospel story before. We all know what happens (at least in the Synoptic Gospels) after Jesus is …

 

Winter Memories: A Poem – 28 December 2015

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Follow @FatherEricF Winter Memories Bare, chill, dark against the greying sky Stick figure skeletons swaying in the wind Long misshapen fingers reaching through the mist towards Freezing rain falling through frigid air towards The ground made paper rustling trashy heap of leaves Moldy and coldly crunching under foot I walk through winter’s wood wishing for warmth And finding only your painful disdainful disregard And memories of holy innocence ~ C. Eric Funston, 28 December 2015

 

Crossing Borders: A New Passport – Sermon for Christmas Eve, 24 December 2015

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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A sermon offered on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2015, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day are Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; and Luke 2:1-20. These lessons may be found at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== Where refugees seek deliverance that never comes And the heart consumes itself, if it would live, Where little children age before their time, And life wears down the …