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January 17, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

Epiphany 2A — Seeing Rightly

Reading:

John 1:29-42

John's proclamation of Jesus as the "Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" and Jesus' invitation to "come and see" opens up a life of learning to see the world as it is, good AND bad, and God's activity to transform it.

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January 11, 2011 @ 11:24 am

Baptism of Our Lord — Love First, then Power and Might

Readings:

Psalm 29

Matthew 3:13-17

Jesus' appearance at the river Jordan to submit to a baptism he does not need is a sign of God's continued and relentless loyalty to the covenant he made with humanity.  God refuses to stand far off, instead identifying completely with humanity so that we might be transformed.

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January 11, 2011 @ 11:19 am

Epiphany — Jesus, Power and Sin

Reading:

Matthew 2:1-12

Jesus' birth stirs up the powers of this world, both drawing them to him, and reacting against him.  The worldly powers do not take kindly to the announcement to their ultimate end.  The Herods of this world keep a tight grip on their power, a power corrupted by our fallen human nature.  This sermon was preached at a jointly held service between the Episcopalians and the Lutherans in Morgantown, WV.  St. Thomas a Beckett hosted this service.

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January 2, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

2nd Sunday of Christmas — Words and The Word

Reading:

John 1:1-18

Jesus Christ, the Word of God, becomes flesh and dwells among us.  This Word is the creative impulse seeking to transform our sinful world into a new creation.

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