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September 11, 2016

Propers 19C I will confess that I am getting a little tired of Jeremiah showing up in the lectionary—and unfortunately we have at least another month of him! Today’s reading is just about the bleakest of the selections, I think. It is early in his ministry, he’s still learning how to be a prophet and…

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September 4, 2106

I am fairly certain that every sweater I have knit for myself had a period of “revision.” Sometimes it’s something simple, like shortening the sleeves. I have one sweater that I knit, unraveled, knit again, unraveled again, and knit AGAIN before I finally got what I wanted. I have cut sleeves off and carefully picked…

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August 28, 2016

Last week I began putting together the plans for a fundraiser to honor my niece Caitlin’s 30th birthday. You’ll see a blurb about it in the newsletter that comes out this week. She was born with a heart defect, one of the valves was closed, preventing proper circulation of her blood. She was quickly transferred…

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July 31, 2016

Here it comes again—someone asking Jesus to take sides. Against a sibling. We saw this a couple of weeks ago when we heard the story of Mary and Martha. Martha feeling resentment because she was doing all the work and it seemed like Mary was getting all the reward. Now in today’s Gospel we hear…

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July 24, 2016

I wanted to do a sermon on The Lord’s Prayer, or just prayer in general. I’m eight days away from vacation and my brain is resisting doing anything particularly taxing. I certainly didn’t want to preach on this god-awful passage from Hosea. In fact, I was seriously considering telling the lector to just skip that…

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July 17, 2016

My sister-in-law Sharon is a wonderful cook. She prepares meals that are not only delicious and nutritious, but pleasing to the eye. When she and my brother were first together, I lived nearer and would occasionally be blessed to have dinner with them. When I arrived at her house for dinner, the house was immaculate…

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July 10, 2016

When I was a little girl, an elderly neighbor was describing a project he was working on and he kept talking about a “plumb-bob.” I could not for the life of me figuring out how a piece of fruit could help him build a wall! A plumb-bob, or as it is called in today’s reading…

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July 3, 2016

On Thursday I was sitting on the deck at Boomer’s, having lunch with my sister-in-law, when I looked down and my arm was bleeding. Not sure if I scratched it, or knocked against a scratch that was healing—but it was bleeding and would not stop. I pressed a napkin against it, but it wasn’t doing…

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June 26, 2106

“Jesus set his face to go to Jerusalem.” I thought of this image the other day when I was in the pool and pushing myself toward those last eight or ten laps. I told someone once that I wonder what my face must look like as I am driving myself back and forth when I…

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June 19, 2016

The story from today’s Gospel reading is weird and disturbing. But after the events of the past week or two, I venture to say that it unsettles us not just because of its weirdness, but because there is something familiar in it. We may be 21st century educated sophisticates—but we still have to deal with…

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