Follow @FatherEricF From the Gospel lesson for Friday in the week of Proper 7B (Pentecost 4, 2015) Luke 22 35 Jesus said to them, “When I sent you out without a purse, bag, or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “No, not a thing.” 36 He said to them, “But now, the one who has a purse must take it, and likewise a bag. And the one who has no sword must sell his cloak and buy one.” It …

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Gospel lesson for Thursday in the week of Proper 7b (Pentecost 4, 2015) Luke 22 25 [Jesus] said to [the disciples], “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves.” Within the next couple of days the Episcopal Church will have a new Presiding …

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Follow @FatherEricF From the OT lesson for Wednesday in the week of Proper 6B (Pentecost 4, 2015) 1 Samuel 7 5 Then Samuel said, “Gather all Israel at Mizpah, and I will pray to the Lord for you.” 6a So they gathered at Mizpah, and drew water and poured it out before the Lord. It feels like centuries ago, but it was only decades, I was an active lay person in the Diocese of Nevada when the late Wes Frensdorff …

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Follow @FatherEricF From the OT lesson for Tuesday in the week of Proper 6B (Pentecost 4, 2015) 1 Samuel 6 10 The men did so; they took two milch-cows and yoked them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home. 11b They put the ark of the Lord on the cart, and the box with the gold mice and the images of their tumors. Although Scripture is replete with images of and references to the greatness and magnificence …

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Signs and Wonders – From the Daily Office Lectionary

Follow @FatherEricF From the NT lessons for Monday in the week of Proper 7B (Pentecost 4, 2015) Acts 5 12 Now many signs and wonders were done among the people through the apostles. I will be spending most of this day on airplanes and in airports traveling from Cleveland, Ohio, to Salt Lake City, Ohio (via Atlanta, Georgia, for some reason) for the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church. I am an elected alternate deputy of the Diocese of …

 

Our Chronic Illness, Our Besetting Sin (Eve of St. Alban, 21 June 2015)

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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A sermon offered on the Eve of the Feast of St. Alban, First Martyr of Britain, June 21, 2015, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day are Wisdom 3:1-9; Psalm 31:1-5; 1 John 3:13-16; and Matthew 10:34-42.) ==================== Heavenly Father, We have come over a way that with tears has been watered. We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered, …

 

Restrict Gun Ownership – From the Daily Office Lectionary

Follow @FatherEricF From the NT lesson for Friday in the week of Proper 6B (Pentecost 3, 2015) Acts 2 37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Yesterday morning I was cut to the heart, as were many people, by news of the killing of nine persons at a church in Charleston, SC, by a 21-year-old gunman. “What should we do? What …

 

Not “The Will of God” – From the Daily Office Lectionary

Follow @FatherEricF From the OT lesson for Thursday in the week of Proper 6B (Pentecost 3, 2015) 1 Samuel 2 33 The only one of you whom I shall not cut off from my altar shall be spared to weep out his eyes and grieve his heart; all the members of your household shall die by the sword. This is part of a speech delivered to Samuel by a “man of God’ speaking on God’s behalf. I am often dismayed …

 

Use It or Lose It – From the Daily Office Lectionary

Follow @FatherEricF From New Testament lesson for Wednesday in the week of Proper 6B (Pentecost 3, 2015) Acts 2 7 Amazed and astonished, [the crowd] asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from …

 

Heard and Known – From the Daily Office Lectionary

Follow @FatherEricF From the morning Psalm for Tuesday in the week of Proper 6B (Pentecost 3, 2015) Psalm 78 3 That which we have heard and known, and what our forefathers have told us, we will not hide from their children. Earlier today I had a conversation with a colleague about a newspaper article containing advice to teenagers: don’t whine; the world doesn’t owe you anything; get a job; do something useful; visit somebody; mow the lawn. It was wordier …