Joyful Noise – From the Daily Office – February 2, 2014

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From the Psalter: My heart is firmly fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and make melody. Wake up, my spirit; awake, lute and harp; I myself will waken the dawn. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – …

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Gimmicks Distract – From the Daily Office – January 11, 2014

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From the Psalter: Hallelujah! Praise God in his holy temple; praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts; praise him for his excellent greatness. Praise him with the blast of the ram’s-horn; * praise …

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River of Words – From the Daily Office – January 6, 2013

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From the Psalter: There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Psalm 46:5 (BCP Version) – January 6, 2014.) Two poems about rivers …

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The Logos Became Meat – Sermon for the First Sunday of Christmas – December 29, 2013

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==================== This sermon was preached on the First Sunday of Christmas, December 29, 2013, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The Revised Common Lectionary, Christmas 1A: Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalm 147:13-21; Galatians 3:23-25;4:4-7; and John …

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What a Long, Strange Trip – From the Daily Office – June 10, 2013

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From the Second Letter to the Corinthians: Look at what is before your eyes. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – 2 Corinthians 10:7a (NRSV) – June 10, 2013.) Do we ever really know what is “before our eyes”? I’ve been …

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God’s Annoying Accent – From the Daily Office – March 13, 2013

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From the Prophet Jeremiah: The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Come, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he …

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Fanfare for the Common Man – From the Daily Office – March 12, 2013

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From the Paul’s Letter to the Romans: I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I …

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Take Your Best Shot, Don’t Blow It – From the Daily Office – February 22, 2013

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From the Letter to the Hebrews: Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest …

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Do I Indulge Some Unknown Sin? – From the Daily Office – February 21, 2013

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From the Psalms: The law of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul; * the testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the innocent. The statutes of the Lord are just and rejoice the heart; * …

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Remembering My Friend Deb – From the Daily Office – December 9, 2012

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From the Psalms: Hallelujah! Praise God in his holy temple; praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts; praise him for his excellent greatness. Praise him with the blast of the ram’s-horn; praise him …

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