Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A sermon offered on the Second Sunday of Easter, April 12, 2015, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day are Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1-2:2; and John 20:19-31. These lessons can be read at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== I assume that you are all familiar with Leonardo da Vinci’s famous mural of The Last Supper in the refectory of the Convent of …

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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A sermon offered on Resurrection Sunday, April 5, 2015, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day are Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 and Mark 16:1-8. These lessons can be read at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== I love poetry. There is something about the way poets describe the world that simply cannot be found in other forms of literature. Poets encourage us …

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Follow @FatherEricF A Tomb in Israel — A Poem Two small, cramped rooms carved into bedrock: one for preparation, one for completion; one for weeping and wailing, one for silence and waiting; one for the living, one for the dead; one for herbs and spices, one for decay; one was used, one was not. Hallelujah! — C Eric Funston, 16 March 2015

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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A sermon offered on Maundy Thursday, April 2, 2015, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day are Exodus 12:1-14; Psalm 116:1,10-17; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, and John 13:1-17,31b-35 [all of Ch. 13 was read]. These lessons can be read at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== Every year on Maundy Thursday in the Episcopal Church we do this thing: we gather for Eucharist and we hear these …

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Kingdom Life: Common, Routine, Mundane – Sermon for Palm Sunday 2015

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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.) ==================== …

 

Preparing to Practice Resurrection

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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 …

 

Somewhere in the back of my mind – A Poem (12 March 2015)

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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 …

 

The Ten Predictions: Hear the Music & Dance – Sermon for Lent 3, 2015

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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 …

 

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 …