Standing by Jesus – Sermon for Palm Sunday (Year A) – April 13, 2014

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==================== This sermon was preached on Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day were: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; and Matthew 21:1-11. In addition, …

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Salted with Fire – From the Daily Office – April 8, 2014

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From the Gospel of Mark: Jesus said: “For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” …

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A Present, Close, Immediate Reality – Sermon for Lent 5A – April 6, 2014

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==================== This sermon was preached on the Fifth Sunday in Lent, April 6, 2014, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day were: Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11; and John …

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Gathered – From the Daily Office – April 1, 2014

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From the Genesis: When Jacob ended his charge to his sons, he drew up his feet into the bed, breathed his last, and was gathered to his people. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Genesis 49:33 (NRSV) – April 1, …

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Break the Chains – Sermon for the Second Sunday of Lent (Year A) – March 16, 2013

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==================== This sermon was preached on the Second Sunday in Lent, March 16, 2014, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day were: Genesis 12:1-4a; Romans 4:1-5,13-17; Psalm 121; and John …

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The Looking Glass – Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent (Year A) – March 9, 2014

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==================== This sermon was preached on the First Sunday in Lent, March 9, 2014, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day were: Genesis 2:15-17,3:1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-19; and Matthew …

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Positively Lenten – From the Daily Office – March 7, 2014

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From the Letter to the Philippians: Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think …

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Lenten Rejoicing – From the Daily Office – March 6, 2014

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From the Prophet Habakkuk: Though the fig tree does not blossom, and no fruit is on the vines; though the produce of the olive fails and the fields yield no food; though the flock is cut off from the fold …

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Temporary Reminder – From the Daily Office – March 5, 2014

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From the Letter to the Hebrews: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race …

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Shrove Tuesday Confession – From the Daily Office – March 4, 2014

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From the Book of Proverbs: Thus says the man: I am weary, O God, I am weary, O God. How can I prevail? Surely I am too stupid to be human; I do not have human understanding. I have not …

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