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Advent Joy

By Marcea Paul [RCL] Zephaniah 3:14-20; Canticle 9; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18 The Third Sunday of Advent is traditionally known as Gaudete Sunday. “Gaudete,”when translated from Latin, means “rejoice”. We know that Advent is a season of waiting and today we are called to be joyful as we await the coming

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A Crisis of Identity (John 1:6-8, 19-28)

From: St. Peter’s Church John 1:6-8, 19-28 Who are you? In a culture obsessed with self-actualisation, we feel the constant pressure to ask ourselves who we are and how we define ourselves. We’re pressured to identify ourselves by our jobs, financial status, successes, family, sexual orientation, gender, appearance, what other

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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel — A Brief History

During the season of Advent, we prepare for the coming of Christ, incarnated as a human baby. Advent is a penitential season, filled with prayer and subdued liturgy and music. One of the best loved Advent hymns is O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. Its text connects the Old Testament prophesy of

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Prepare for Christmas -Mark 1:1-8

Introduction Today is December 4th. Only short while until to Christmas. Are you ready for Christmas? We are busy preparing for Christmas. Putting decorations, setting up the Christmas tree, buying gifts for each other… The church is busy preparing for Christmas. Decorations, Choirs practices, Christmas parties, outreach potlucks… Busy! Busy!

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Giving That Pleases the Lord (Luke 21:1-4)

by Steven J. Cole Back in the 1980’s, Lee Iacocca chaired the fund-raising effort to refurbish the Statue of Liberty. He told about some of the unusual gifts and givers (Newsweek [7/7/86], pp. 18-19). One woman in her eighties sent a letter and check for $10,000. She added a P.S. asking for

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Managing Time (Matthew 25:1-13)

by Dr. Michael A. Milton The parable of the ten virgins, or, if you prefer, ” the ten bridesmaids,” is an important parable not only in its content but in its sequence. The parable follows chapter twenty-four of Matthew, which foretells of the destruction of Jerusalem, as well as the coming

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Be productive while we wait

by Tim MacBride So far in this series of parables about Christ’s return, we’ve seen that it will be unexpected (like the flood, or like a thief in the night) – so we need to be ready. Yesterday, we saw that, despite the delay, we need to make adequate preparation – like

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A Message About God’s Love

BY THOMAS GUMBLETON Now as we continue our reflection on this part of Matthew’s Gospel, we find once more that through a confrontation with the religious leaders, Jesus is teaching us something very important about ourselves, about God and about our relationship with God. Today, probably, it’s the most fundamental

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A Message About God’s Love

BY THOMAS GUMBLETON Now as we continue our reflection on this part of Matthew’s Gospel, we find once more that through a confrontation with the religious leaders, Jesus is teaching us something very important about ourselves, about God and about our relationship with God. Today, probably, it’s the most fundamental

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The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Blood transports oxygen, it returns carbon dioxide as well as cleansing and nurturing the body with food and hormones. Some faint at the sight of it. We think of all the blood spilled in the world today and pray for peace. Christ’s blood was necessary. But our brothers and sisters

The Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time 

Every time I assisted pilgrimages to the Holy Land, we stopped in Magdala. It is the site of a memorial church built recently to Women of the Gospels. You walk into the church and a dome is held up by seven pillars with women’s names on them. These are heroines

The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Blood transports oxygen, it returns carbon dioxide as well as cleansing and nurturing the body with food and hormones. Some faint at the sight of it. We think of all the blood spilled in the world today and pray for peace. Christ’s blood was necessary. But our brothers and sisters

The Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time 

Every time I assisted pilgrimages to the Holy Land, we stopped in Magdala. It is the site of a memorial church built recently to Women of the Gospels. You walk into the church and a dome is held up by seven pillars with women’s names on them. These are heroines

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