Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time A, February 19, 2017

I apologize for the lateness of this week’s post. Homework has been brutal, and clearly I have not figured out a weekly schedule that works. But I have to preach this Sunday as well. It’s just that I am my own secretary and you may not be. Again, I am sorry for the delay.

One: The Lord says, “You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.”
All: The Lord guides us in holy ways and wisdom.
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Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time A, February 5, 2017

A brief, political note: while I happen to be a very politically aware and opinionated citizen of the United States of America, I am trying to keep my liturgies rather neutral.  That being said, have you read the lectionary recently?  I have always had a hard time coming up with modern examples in sermons, for I find that scripture often speaks through the ages to today directly.  Right now it’s screaming.  So here we go, lectionary heavy on direct references.

Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12)
Psalm 112:1-9 (10)
1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16)
Matthew 5:13-20

One: We gather to listen again to the prophetic words.
All: Day after day we seek the Lord and delight to know God’s ways.
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An Update

Hello everyone,

I am sorry to have gone so quiet. The past few weeks have been filled with much activity getting things put into place in the house and the future, and I have not had the brain space to spare. But I will be back with new liturgies for February. Thank you for your patience. 

Grace and Peace to you, dear ones. 

Christmas Morning A, December 25, 2016

Raphael’s Madonna della Seggiola

(This has been hanging in my family’s house for generations, and is Christmas to me)

Christmas Morning

A note on this service:
This is a service to be done at home on Christmas morning.  It is adaptable to be something done alone with quiet and reflection or with a group of people of various sizes and ages who hopefully are in a boisterous mood.  At my house there will probably be a toddler ripping apart wrapping paper or moving presents around the house or chasing a pet, and all of that is just as appropriate as the silence. 

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Advent and Christmas

Though many of you are probably ahead in planning beyond my efforts, I hope that having just posted for all the Sundays of Advent is helpful.  I am starting to think about Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  I will do a more traditional Christmas Eve worship, but I was wondering about Christmas Day.

What would be helpful to you?  I was thinking of writing a not-too-formal liturgy to be used in worship in a church, but I was also thinking of writing a liturgy that could be used by people at home.  What do you think of that idea?  I’ve heard of so many different ways people are doing Christmas this year that I’ve had a hard time knowing how to be helpful.  Please let me know?  Thank you!