New Worlds – From the Daily Office – March 3, 2014

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From the Psalter: The Lord is a friend to those who fear him and will show them his covenant. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Psalm 24:13 (BCP Version) – March 3, 2014.) “Each friend,” wrote Anais Nin, “represents a …

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Between Me and Thee – From the Daily Office – February 19, 2014

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From the Book of Genesis: So Jacob took a stone, and set it up as a pillar. And Jacob said to his kinsfolk, “Gather stones,” and they took stones, and made a heap; and they ate there by the heap. …

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Like the Sofa She Sits – A Sonnet

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Like the Sofa She Sits Like the sofa she sits in memory The well-worn couch in the thrift store window Our lives intersected I had hoped we would be Familiar agreeable comfort grown old Constant in love though we drifted …

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Euripides on Friends and Relatives

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++++++++++++++++++ Euripides (c. 480 – 406 BC) was an Athenian playwright, a great dramatist known for tragedies with very unhappy endings. Some of his plays are so tragic that they have been described as “almost unbearable,” and Aristotle called him …

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Creating Community – From the Daily Office – November 21, 2013

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From the Matthew’s Gospel: Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Matthew 18:5 (NRSV) – November 21, 2013.) I’m following a thread on a friend’s Facebook page about the future of …

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There Is a Balm in Gilead: The True Riches of Community — Sermon for the 18th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 20C — September 22, 2013

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==================== This sermon was preached on the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 22, 2013, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. (Revised Common Lectionary, Pentecost 18 (Proper 20, Year C): Jeremiah 8:18-9:1; Psalm 79:1-9; 1 …

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Memories Persist – From the Daily Office – July 6, 2013

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From the Psalter: Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down; touch the mountains, and they shall smoke. Hurl the lightning and scatter them; shoot out your arrows and rout them. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Psalm 144:5-6 (BCP …

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Gandolfini, Hastings, and the Poor Widow: My Two Cents – From the Daily Office – June 20, 2013

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From the Gospel according to Luke: Jesus looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow …

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The Little God Made By Human Hands – From the Daily Office – May 29, 2013

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From the Book of Deuteronomy: There you will serve other gods made by human hands, objects of wood and stone that neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – Deuteronomy 4:28 (NRSV) – May …

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Worthy of Double Honor? – From the Daily Office – May 24, 2013

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From the First Letter to Timothy: Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching; for the scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it is treading …

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