Advent 4 – Year C

The two women were, in some ways, so very different from one another… and yet, so very much the same. Elizabeth had lived a good, long life. She’d been married for many years to a fine man – a priest in the temple. She had a home, and friends, and a full and satisfying life.…

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Advent 3 – Year C

December is the one month of the year when everybody, it seems, really tries to feel good. All of our favorite songs of the season carry the same message: “We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.” “’Tis the season to be jolly.” “Oh what fun it is to ride in a…

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Advent 2 – Year C

I have lived in California now for a little more than 14 years, after having spent all of my life prior to that time either in Montana or Idaho. So, still being a relative newcomer to the Golden State (at least by some people’s standards), I can tell you that I sometimes observe things which…

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Proper 29 – Year B

October 30th, 1938 marked a milestone in broadcasting history. For that was the day when, if you were listening on your radio that evening to the Mercury Theatre on the Air, the world as you knew it came to an end. A young and little-known actor named Orson Welles directed and narrated a radio version…

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Proper 28 – Year B

Some of you may recognize this object I’m holding in my hand this morning. It’s a red disposable coffee cup. But this is no ordinary red disposable coffee cup. If I slip off the little sleeve they put on so you’ll keep from burning your fingers, you’ll see that this is a Starbucks red disposable…

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Proper 27 – Year B

What is the value of a penny? It used to be that, up until 1952, you could take one of these and buy yourself a postcard and mail it to a friend all the way across the country if you felt so inclined. And one of my fondest memories as a kid was walking around…

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All Saints Day – Year B

The entrance is defined by a simple wrought-iron gate with the words “Wilmington Lutheran Cemetery” inscribed across the top. The gate itself is a bit of an anomaly, since there is no fence surrounding the old country graveyard carved out of the North Dakota farmland, surrounded, as it were, by the gravel county road on…

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Proper 25 – Year B

He had been sitting by the side of the road for so long now, that he had almost started to blend in with the rocks and the trees to the point that no one even noticed him anymore. His eyes were now closed, but it only made his ears even more open than ever before.…

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