Archive for 2017

Seventh Sunday in Easter- Deacon Gill- May 28, 2017

Easter 7 May 28, 2017 From the way that the stories develop in the gospels we know that the Christians who were writing them a generation after the death of Jesus were doing so from oral memory. Oral tradition develops as the community looks for a re-creation of memory in community life and they are finally written down to communicate from one community to the other. The stories and reports are passed down verbally through followers from witnesses. For the group of people who knew Jesus and had witnessed his crucifixion it must have been a rather stark and traumatic period of time in the weeks afterwards. Many of their initial hopes and expectations had been dashed. All of this talk of the kingdom of God arriving soon seemed to be shattered with his death. We have to imagine the followers of Jesus getting together after the Resurrection and sharing […]

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The Sixth Sunday in Easter- Fr. Chris- May 21, 2017

Easter 6: On the White Cliffs of Dover They Waited For a printable version of the sermon, click HERE.   Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia. On the White Cliffs of Dover, the English people waited for the worst. Napoleon Bonaparte was causing terror throughout mainland Europe and it was only a matter of time until his attention could be fully focused on the United Kingdom. France had invaded Ireland in 1796 with hopes of creating a future jumping point for further attacks. Efforts were later put in place to cross the English Channel in 1798, but Napoleon suddenly demanded the full attention of the army for the campaigns in Egypt against Austria. Finally, in 1802, a peace agreement thwarted Napoleon’s grand plans, but everyone knew this peace was just temporary. Now the iconic White Cliffs of Dover stand 350 feet directly above the crashing waves […]

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Burial Sermon for Dianne Duncan

For printable version of the sermon, click HERE.   Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia. It was March of first grade, Spring Break I believe, when a friend of mine came over to play. This was the first time that particular friend had come to our house. His mom gave him a big hug at our back door, reminded him to behave, and off she went for a few hours of childless freedom while we played. My friend and I quickly walked through the kitchen to head up the stairs when something caught his eye: there it was… in all its sparkling glory, our Christmas tree. My friend naturally exclaimed, “Mrs. Duncan, it’s March! You still have your Christmas Tree up?” To which my quick-witted mother promptly replied, “You mean your family hasn’t put yours up yet?” As many of you know my mom had a […]

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Third Sunday in Easter- Deacon Gill- April 30, 2017

Easter 3 April 30, 2017 Sometimes we learn our personal history and about the people who helped form it, by sitting around talking and listening to family and friends. My grandparents all lived very close to us when I was a child and I spent many hours in their company. I well remember times (yes before we had a television) when we would all get together. I loved it when my grandfather would tell us stories. When he wasn’t working in the bank he was a time keeper for land speed records on the sands in Wales and he would regale us with all the excitement of those days. In the telling and hearing of our stories we are entertained, and we gain an awareness of where we have come from, who we are, and who we are supposed to become. We receive clues about where we fit into our […]

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Second Sunday in Easter- Fr. Chris- April 23, 2017

Easter 2 April 23, 2017 David Sedaris is an American humorist known for his works in the New Yorker as well as his numerous books. In one short story in his novel, Me Talk Pretty One Day, David amusingly tells of his struggles as a 41-year-old returning to school to learn French while living in Paris. His classmates are people from all over the world from different cultures, backgrounds, and languages. Here is an excerpt from the chapter “Jesus Shaves”: It was my second month of French class, and the teacher was leading us in an exercise…Printed in our textbooks was a list of major holidays alongside a scattered arrangement of photos depicting French people in the act of celebration. The object was to match the holiday with the corresponding picture. Normally, when working from the book, it was my habit to tune out my fellow students and scout ahead, […]

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Easter Sunday- Fr. Chris- April 16, 2017

Easter Sunday April 16, 2017 Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” It was Friday afternoon at the end of a long week. I walked down the hall of the continued care facility in the Washington DC area where I was serving as a chaplain. My thoughts were with the weekend as I turned towards the stairs to leave. Then I saw her eyes. They were eyes that cried out for contact, for human interaction, for community. A part of me was tempted to just nod, smile, and keep walking… after all I was off the clock. Yet, the desire to respond to those pleading eyes overcame my desire to leave. As I entered […]

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Fifth Sunday in Lent- Deacon Gill- April 2, 2017

Lent 5 April 2, 2017 Four years ago Rod and I visited Peru. Our first stop was in Lima where we visited, among lots of other places, the Saint Francis Monastery. It is two blocks away from the President’s Palace and right in the heart of historic Lima. The Monastery of San Francisco is a colonial church dating back to the 18th Century. At ground level you’ll find a library of more than 25,000 antique texts, including the first Spanish dictionary published by the Royal Spanish Academy and a Holy Bible from 1571. But it is what lies beneath that draws so many visitors. Lima’s first cemetery was the catacombs below the monastery. The catacombs remained in use until 1808 when a city cemetery outside of Lima was founded. And  it wasn’t until 1943 that the catacombs were rediscovered. It is estimated to contain 70,000 burials. Not complete skeletons but […]

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Third Sunday in Lent- Deacon Gill- March 19, 2017

Lent 3 March 19, 2017 Today we hear of a Samaritan woman going to draw water from the community well. Here in the USA we take water coming out of a tap, for granted. Women collecting water for their families, from a well, is a very common everyday occurrence in many parts of the world. Jesus uses water in this story in a different way. He uses it as a metaphor because we understand the necessity of water. Today’s reading is remarkable for many reasons not least that we learn so much about who Jesus is and what he wants of us. Water is at the center of our lives. We are born out of it. We are sustained by it. We drink it. We swim in it. We wash in it. Sometimes the power of water is mighty, sometimes gentle, but it is always mysterious. It extinguishes fire and […]

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First Sunday in Lent- Fr. Chris- March 6, 2017

First Sunday in Lent March 6, 2017 Every year on the first Sunday in Lent, we find . In the first temptation, Jesus is enticed to turn stones into bread. Jesus is hungry after 40 days of fasting and turning stones to bread will alleviate his own present hunger. At the root of this temptation is the lure for Jesus to use his authority as the Son of God to meet his personal needs and desires ahead of all else. The desire to satisfy ourselves is a huge temptation we all face, and will become especially significant for Jesus during his crucifixion. In just a few short weeks, we will hear once more as he is encouraged by the onlookers to satisfy himself by saving himself as he hangs from the cross. This brings us to the second temptation: the great leap forward, the temptation to test God by jumping […]

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