Mary Is No Different: Sermon for Advent 4B – December 21, 2014

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==================== A sermon offered, on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B, December 21, 2014, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day, RCL Advent 4B, were 2 …

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Clergy Saturday Before Christmas – December 20, 2014

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I’m sitting in my office in the basement of the church building. So far as I know, I’m the only person here. The food pantry volunteers have cleaned up and put away the tables, boxes, and other accoutrements of their …

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A Theology of Gift Giving – Sermon for the Second Sunday of Christmas – January 5, 2014

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==================== This sermon was preached on the Second Sunday of Christmas, January 5, 2014, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The Revised Common Lectionary, Christmas 2A: Jeremiah 31:7-14; Ephesians 1:3-6,15-19a; Psalm 84; and Matthew …

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Technical Support – From the Daily Office – January 4, 2013

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From the Psalter: Restore us then, O God our Savior; let your anger depart from us. Will you be displeased with us for ever? will you prolong your anger from age to age? Will you not give us life again, …

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Chaotic Disorderliness – From the Daily Office – January 3, 2014

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From the First Book of Kings: Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an …

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Pray Clay – From the Daily Office – December 31, 2013

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From the First Book of Kings: [Solomon prayed:] Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people? (From the Daily Office Lectionary – …

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How Silently – From the Daily Office – December 30, 2013

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From the Fourth Gospel: Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. . . . And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – John 8:6b,8 (NRSV) – December …

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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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Holy Innocence – From the Daily Office – December 28, 2013

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From the Prophet Isaiah: Sing, O barren one who did not bear; burst into song and shout, you who have not been in labor! (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Isaiah 54:1a (NRSV) – December 28, 2013.) One knows exactly …

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Parking & Pancakes – From the Daily Office – December 27, 2013

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From the Prophet Isaiah: Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god. Who is like me? Let them …

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