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Follow @FatherEricF From the Gospel according to Matthew: When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a …

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Psalter: The prayers of David son of Jesse are ended. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Psalm 72:20 (NRSV) – July 30, 2014) “Wait! I’ve never seen that verse.” I probably have, actually, but as with much of Scripture seeing it and paying attention to it are rather different things. In any event, that was my thought as I read the morning psalm today from the Bible instead of from the Book of Common Prayer. I …

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Book of Judges: Then the Israelites did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and worshiped the Baals; and they abandoned the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt; they followed other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were all around them, and bowed down to them; and they provoked the Lord to anger. They abandoned the Lord, and worshiped Baal and …

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Letter to the Romans: Greet Prisca and Aquila, who work with me in Christ Jesus, and who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. Greet also the church in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert in Asia for Christ. Greet Mary, who has worked very hard among you. Greet Andronicus and Junia, my relatives who were in …

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Parables and Women’s Ordination – Sermon for Pentecost 7, Proper 12A – July 27, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF ==================== On the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, July 27, 2014, this sermon was offered to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day were: 1 Kings 3:5-12, Psalm 119:129-136, Romans 8:26-39, and Matthew 13:31-33,44-52. These lessons can be read at The Lectionary Page.) ==================== Tell all the truth but tell it slant, Success in circuit lies, Too bright for our infirm delight The truth’s superb surprise; As …

 

“Joshua” Is Not a Plan for Government – From the Daily Office – July 26, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Book of Joshua: Joshua summoned all Israel, their elders and heads, their judges and officers, and said to them, “I am now old and well advanced in years; and you have seen all that the Lord your God has done to all these nations for your sake, for it is the Lord your God who has fought for you. I have allotted to you as an inheritance for your tribes those nations that remain, along with …

 

The Dead Matter – From the Daily Office – July 25, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Gospel according to Matthew: After conferring together, [the chief priests used the silver Judas returned] to buy the potter’s field as a place to bury foreigners. For this reason that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Matthew 27:7-8 (NRSV) – July 25, 2014) Until our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary my wife had never traveled overseas. She’d been to Canada, but that was it for foreign travel …

 

Wringing the Past’s Neck – From the Daily Office – July 24, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Gospel according to Matthew: Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant-girl came to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” But he denied it before all of them, saying, “I do not know what you are talking about.” When he went out to the porch, another servant-girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” Again he denied it with an oath, “I …

 

Bless [All] the People of Israel – From the Daily Office – July 23, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Book of Joshua: All Israel, alien as well as citizen, with their elders and officers and their judges, stood on opposite sides of the ark in front of the levitical priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord, half of them in front of Mount Gerizim and half of them in front of Mount Ebal, as Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded at the first, that they should bless the people …

 

At the End, There Is God – From the Daily Office – July 22, 2014

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Follow @FatherEricF From the Letter to the Romans: We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Romans 14:7-8 (NRSV) – July 22, 2014) The Book of Common Prayer (1979) lifts these verses and, together with others, uses them in …