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May 7, 2017 Good Shepherd Sunday

The fourth Sunday of Easter is always Good Shepherd Sunday. We have a reading in which Jesus is portrayed as a faithful shepherd, we read the 23rd psalm. It is the Sunday when the Gospel reading finally moves past the stories of that day of Resurrection, and it is a kind of turning point in…

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April 30, 2017

It’s so good to be back with all of you. I had a wonderful trip, and there is still so much swirling around in my head. I know I will be pondering it all for a long time to come. A friend of mine pointed out to me that it was not just a vacation,…

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April 16, 2017 Easter

Several years ago a priest friend of my family called one Easter afternoon and asked with some urgency, “Have you heard the news?!” It was one of those years when there seemed to be bad news every time you turned around, so all the joy I had felt after our Easter morning church service drained…

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April 2, 2017 Lent 5

The theme in today’s readings is Resurrection, even if it seems a bit too early for that. Easter isn’t for another two weeks; isn’t the lectionary rushing things along a little? Jesus hasn’t even died yet how can we be talking resurrection already? A partial answer is the resurrection in the readings today is the…

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March 26, 2017 Lent 4

I want you all to close your eyes for a minute. Maybe even cover them with your hands. Think about what it would be like to move through the world without being able to see. How would you recognize people if you couldn’t see them? Would you learn their voice and speech patterns? Their smell?…

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March 19, 2017 Lent 3

“Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?” This is how the woman at the well reports back to the people of her city. What intrigues me about her report is that Jesus did NOT, in fact, tell her every thing she had…

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March 12, 2017 Lent 3

“For God so loved the world…” How many of you who grew up going to church memorized this verse at some point? Probably in the King James Version with those great “whosoevers” and “believeths” to wrap your tongue around. And I would bet that, like me, you always understood the “so” in that phrase “For…

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March 2, 2017

I want to talk to you today about a topic that tends to make us a little uncomfortable. When this little, three-letter word is said in church, we begin to squirm in our seats. This one little word, beginning with S makes us feel vaguely guilty even if we haven’t done anything. A word that…

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February 19, 2017

A couple of weeks ago, before “Snowmageddon” began, I met my niece Caitlin at the movie theater in Windham to see Hidden Figures, a film about the black women mathematicians who worked behind the scenes at NASA in the 1960’s and helped put John Glenn into space. It is an excellent film, in part because…

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January 29, 2017

A few of you have heard this story before, so bear with me. I want to tell you all why the reading from 1st Corinthians this morning means so much to me. The last Good Friday before I was ordained, I was sitting at Trinity Episcopal in Lewiston, really struggling with the idea that God…

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