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February 18, 2018 Lent 1

Several years ago I had a parishioner, Harry, who was going through a horrible time in his life. His marriage had fallen apart, and as a result he had to sell the house they shared, a house he had poured his energy and sweat into. The funding for the small, post-retirement job he had dried…

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February 11, 2018 Transfiguration

Did you know that nearsightedness is a dominant gene? That means that as the human race continues, fewer and fewer people will go throughout life without needing some sort of corrective lenses, and one day, every human being will need help seeing. I dream of LASIK surgery to correct my own vision, as I have…

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February 4, 2018

Many years ago, when I was still in seminary, I volunteered briefly with Common Cathedral. This is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts which has communion outdoors on Boston Common every week, and then offers sandwiches to anyone who wants them, “housed or unhoused,” to use the language of their website. I ended…

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January 28, 2018

Do you know the term “herd immunity”? It pops up about this time every year as we move into the height of flu transmission. It’s the concept that if a significant proportion of a population is vaccinated against something, they will substantially reduce the possibility for the virus to spread. It also provides protection for…

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January 21, 2018 Epiphany 3

The lectionary for these weeks between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday bombard us with stories of people being called—called to follow Christ, called to serve God. I have to confess that I most appreciate the ones in which the one called is slow to respond—probably because I ran from my own call to priesthood for so…

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January 14, 2018

  A little boy keeps hearing his name called, but the only other person in the building keeps insisting he did not call the boy. These days, we might decide the boy is having auditory hallucinations and put him on medication. Fortunately for Samuel—and for us—Eli had another interpretation. I want to stop for a…

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January 7, 2018 Baptism of Our Lord

For Christmas, I made my dad a book of recent photos of family members. Dad likes to look at the photos my siblings and extended family post on Facebook, but it’s not all that convenient, and his eyesight is not that great, so it can be challenging to see them on screen. I expected it…

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December 31, 2017

When I was a high school senior, I was fortunate to be able to take several college-level courses. I had to go over to Bowdoin College for one of them, but the rest were offered in my high school by the teachers on staff. In addition to AP German and English, I was eligible for…

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Christmas Eve 2017

I imagine many of you heard the music of Georg Friedrich Handel as you heard that first reading tonight. All those amazing names: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. It’s at the heart of what we are here celebrating tonight—that God came to be one of us, to live among us, to…

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December 24, 2017 Advent 4

Deacon Lanny Wenthe, preaching *************** We plan, God laughs. The road of life is unpredictable. When I was about eight years old, my friend and I decided that we were going to be nuns when we grew up. This was during the summer as I remember, and much to my atheist mother’s lack of approval…

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