Our Immigrant Lord: For the Parish Newsletter, December 2016

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==================== A “Rector’s Reflection” offered by the Rev. Dr. C. Eric Funston in the December 2016 issue of The Epistle, the newsletter of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. ==================== A few years ago I …

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Crossing Borders: A New Passport – Sermon for Christmas Eve, 24 December 2015

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==================== A sermon offered on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2015, to the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (The lessons for the day are Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; and Luke 2:1-20. …

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Don’t Carry All That Baggage – From the Daily Office Lectionary

From the Daily Office Lectionary for Saturday in the week of Proper 11, Daily Office Year 1 (Pentecost 8, 2015) Mark 6:7-9 ~ He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority …

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Roots of Wisdom – From the Daily Office – October 28, 2012

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From Ecclesiasticus: Wisdom praises herself, and tells of her glory in the midst of her people. * * * “I took root in an honored people, in the portion of the Lord, his heritage.” (From the Daily Office Lectionary – …

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A Learning Experience – From the Daily Office – October 20, 2014

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From the Psalter: Who are they who fear the Lord? he will teach them the way that they should choose. They shall dwell in prosperity, and their offspring shall inherit the land. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Psalm 25:11-12 …

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

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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 …

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Following Our Own Devices Doesn’t Work – From the Daily Office – July 12, 2014

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From the Letter to the Romans: Of Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.” (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Romans 10:21 (NRSV) – July 12, 2014) Paul quotes …

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Who Would Be the Church? – A Holy Place in the Holy Land – From the Daily Office – July 3, 2014

From the Psalter: Behold now, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, you that stand by night in the house of the Lord. Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the Lord; the Lord who …

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Food & Fruit in God’s Vineyard: Another Holy Land Day – From the Daily Office – July 2, 2014

From Matthew’s Gospel: Jesus told a parable: “Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants …

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Many Paths: Another Day in the Holy Land – From the Lectionary – July 1, 2014

From the Prophet Isaiah: The way of the righteous is level; O Just One, you make smooth the path of the righteous. In the path of your judgments, O Lord, we wait for you; your name and your renown are …

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