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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A Community of Fishers – From the Daily Office – March 11, 2013

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From the Prophet Jeremiah: I am now sending for many fishermen, says the Lord, and they shall catch them; and afterwards I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out …

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Simple Invitations: Troubling Questions – From the Daily Office – February 15, 2013

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From the Gospel according to John: The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say …

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Happy Valentine’s Day: Cretans Are Liars! – From the Daily Office – February 14, 2013

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From the Letter to Titus: There are also many rebellious people, idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision; they must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for sordid gain what it is not right …

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A Gospel That Makes a Difference – From the Daily Office – January 28, 2013

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From the Letter to the Galatians: I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel — not that there is another gospel, but …

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