Follow @FatherEricF From the Daily Office Lectionary for Saturday in the week of Proper 12, Year 1 (Pentecost 9, 2015) Acts 17:22-23 ~ Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I …

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Daily Office Lectionary for Friday in the week of Proper 12, Year 1 (Pentecost 9, 2015) 2 Samuel 5:6-8 ~ The king and his men marched to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who said to David, “You will not come in here, even the blind and the lame will turn you back” – thinking, “David cannot come in here.” Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion, which is now the city of …

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Daily Office Lectionary for Saturday in the week of Proper 12, Year 1 (Pentecost 9, 2015) Acts 16:35-37 ~ When morning came, the magistrates sent the police, saying, “Let those men go.” And the jailer reported the message to Paul, saying, “The magistrates sent word to let you go; therefore come out now and go in peace.” But Paul replied, “They have beaten us in public, uncondemned, men who are Roman citizens, and have thrown us …

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Daily Office Lectionary for Monday in the week of Proper 12, Year 1 (Pentecost 9, 2015) Psalm 56:4 ~ In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust and will not be afraid, for what can flesh do to me? “Flesh” is sometimes used in Holy Scripture as a synonym for other human beings; in fact, this verse is repeated later in the psalm, but with this word changed to “mortals” (v. 10) making the …

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And Curse the Fools – A Poem (26 July 2015)

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Follow @FatherEricF And Curse the Fools – A Poem (26 July 2015) Bunting, red and white and blue, hung on the porch rail like the skirt on a girl who just had sex with the high school janitor in an unused classroom. Patriotism on display, so proud, so dignified, so bogus. I drive by and wonder what and wonder why and curse the fools who never question A flag, red and white and blue, hung from a wooden pole dirty …

 

Overflowing Abundance: Sermon for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 12B, 26 July 2015)

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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== A sermon offered on Ninth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 12B, Track 1, RCL), July 26, 2015, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day are 2 Samuel 11:1-15; Psalm 14; Ephesians 3:14-21; and John 6:1-21. These lessons may be found at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== So this is a very familiar story, right? Actually, two very familiar stories. We all know about the feeding of …

 

A Year of Sunlight: Every Surface Illumined – A Poem (25 July 2015)

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Follow @FatherEricF A Year of Sunlight: Every Surface Illumined – A Poem Sunlight on a cloudless spring day pouring from a clear blue sky like spring water, icy and piercing, no matter how warm or even hot, crystalizing everything it touches. Maybe a squeeze of lemon juice sharpens the clarity and the crystal, brightens the photon’s aspect. If you could hear it, it would sound with the shocking decrescendo of fine crystal shattering into finer shards, falling away with wind …

 

Don’t Carry All That Baggage – From the Daily Office Lectionary

Follow @FatherEricF From the Daily Office Lectionary for Saturday in the week of Proper 11, Daily Office Year 1 (Pentecost 8, 2015) Mark 6:7-9 ~ He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. A few …

 

Choices – From the Daily Office Lectionary

Follow @FatherEricF From the Daily Office Lectionary for Friday in the week of Proper 11, Daily Office Year 1 (Pentecost 8, 2015) 1 Samuel 31:8-10 ~ When the Philistines came to strip the dead, they found Saul and his three sons fallen on Mount Gilboa. They cut off his head, stripped off his armor, and sent messengers throughout the land of the Philistines to carry the good news to the houses of their idols and to the people. They put …

 

Religion’s Sensuality – From the Daily Office Lectionary

Follow @FatherEricF From the Daily Office Lectionary for Thursday in the week of Proper 11, Daily Office Year 1 (Pentecost 8, 2015) 1 Samuel 28:7 ~ Then Saul said to his servants, “Seek out for me a woman who is a medium, so that I may go to her and inquire of her.” His servants said to him, “There is a medium at Endor.” Sometime during my childhood, I don’t recall when exactly, I was given an illustrated King James …