Different Strokes – From the Daily Office – January 27, 2014

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From the Letter to the Hebrews: But Jesus has now obtained a more excellent ministry, and to that degree he is the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted through better promises. (From the Daily Office Lectionary – …

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The Neighbors Can See In! — Sermon for the Annual Parish Meeting — January 26, 2014

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==================== This sermon was preached on the Patronal Feast Sunday of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. It was the Sunday of the Annual Parish Meeting and, as part of the service, a newly built …

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Extraordinarily Ordinary – From the Daily Office – January 25, 2014

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From the Gospel of John: Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I have ever done.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; …

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Hell can go to Hell! – From the Daily Office – January 21, 2014

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From the Gospel of John: For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into …

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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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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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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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What Is A Church Building? – Sermon for a Ground Breaking on the 7th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 9C) – July 7, 2013

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==================== This sermon was preached on the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, July 7, 2013, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Medina, Ohio, where Fr. Funston is rector. The worship that morning included breaking ground on an expansion of the church’s parish …

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Humility and Interfaith Dialogue – From the Daily Office – June 4, 2013

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From the Book of Deuteronomy: You must demolish completely all the places where the nations whom you are about to dispossess served their gods, on the mountain heights, on the hills, and under every leafy tree. Break down their altars, …

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Six New Oxen – From the Daily Office – May 25, 2013

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From the Gospel of Luke: Jesus said, “Someone gave a great dinner and invited many. At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, “Come; for everything is ready now.’ But …

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