Mystery and Community: Trinity Sunday and Memorial Day – Sermon for May 26, 2013

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==================== This sermon was preached on the Feast of the Holy Trinity, May 26, 2013, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (Revised Common Lectionary, Trinity (Year C): Proverbs 8:1-4,22-31; Canticle 13 (Song of the …

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A Thing of Power – From the Daily Office – April 15, 2013

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From the Book of Daniel: Daniel, who was called Belteshazzar, was severely distressed for a while. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Daniel 4:19a (NRSV) – April 15, 2013.) This renaming of Daniel by King Nebuchadnezzar intrigues me. Earlier in …

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The Whole World is Irish on March 17 – Sermon for the Feast of St. Patrick – March 17, 2013

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==================== This sermon was preached on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (Episcopal Sanctorale Lectionary, Patrick of Ireland: Psalm 97:1-2,7-12; Ezekiel 36:33-38; and Matthew 28:16-20. These lessons can be read …

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The Ash Wednesday Exhortation – Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent – February 17, 2013

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==================== This sermon was preached on Sunday, February 17, 2013, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (Revised Common Lectionary, Lent 1, Year C: Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Psalm 91:1-2,9-16; Romans 10:8b-13; and Luke 4:1-13. These lessons …

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A Gospel That Makes a Difference – From the Daily Office – January 28, 2013

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From the Letter to the Galatians: I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel — not that there is another gospel, but …

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We Are All Called to Martyrdom – From the Daily Office – December 26, 2012

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From the Book of Acts: While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said …

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Cooperating with Angels – From the Daily Office – November 13, 2012

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From the Book of Revelation: The angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are true words of God.” Then I fell down …

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Simple Wisdom from Above – Sermon for Pentecost 17, Proper 20B – September 23, 2012

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==================== This sermon was preached on Sunday, September 23, 2012, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (Revised Common Lectionary, Proper 20B: Wisdom of Solomon 1:16-2:1,12-22; Psalm 54; James 3:13-4:3,7-8a; and Mark 9:30-37.) ==================== The …

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The Blessed Wedding at Cana – From the Daily Office Lectionary – August 10, 2012

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From John’s Gospel: Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that …

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You Stupid Celts! – From the Daily Office – June 7, 2012

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Paul wrote: You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly exhibited as crucified! The only thing I want to learn from you is this: Did you receive the Spirit by doing …

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