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Readings and Reflections for Trinity Sunday

Isaiah 6:1-8 Romans 8:12-17 John 3:1-17 Dear Friends, In Isaiah’s vision of God, the prophet is transported to the Holy presence of the living God!  Even as he sees his own frailty and unworthiness and the brokenness of his culture (unclean lips), grace is immediately extended to cleanse him.  Now, Isaiah also is part of the heavenly conversation,…

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Readings and Reflections for the Day of Pentecost

Ezekiel 37:1-14 (or Acts 2:1-21) Psalm 104: 25-35,37 Romans 8:22-27 John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 Dear Friends, Ezekiel 37 describes the “Valley of Dry Bones” – an “image parable” which represents the people of Israel, defeated and in exile, cut off from hope and life.  While this was an actual historic situation, it is not unreasonable to see it…

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Readings and Reflections for the Seventh Sunday of Easter

 Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 1 John 5:9-13 John 17:6-19 Dear Friends, John 17 allows us to “eavesdrop” as Jesus prays for his disciples in anticipation of his death, resurrection and ascension.  They will be “in the world” without his physical presence.  But Pentecost is coming next week, so we know they will not be alone!  And we learn much from what Jesus…

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Readings and Reflections for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

Acts 10:44-48 1 John 5:1-6 John 15:9-17 Dear Friends, In John’s Gospel we hear the “secret” of Jesus’ own joy, a joy that he wants to share with his disciples.  We are surprised that this joy is rooted in keeping his Father’s commandments.  In other words, Jesus describes his way of remaining connected to God’s love by…

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Readings and Reflections for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:5-12 Psalm 23 1 John 3:16-24 John 10:11-18 Dear Friends, John 10:11-18: This Sunday is sometimes called “Good Shepherd” Sunday.  We turn to John’s Gospel as it describes Jesus as our Shepherd, showing us that Jesus now fulfills in his person the words of the 23rd Psalm.  In this Gospel reading and in 1 John 3 the emphasis is…

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Readings and Reflections for the Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 3:12-19 1 John 3:1-7 Luke 24:36b-48 Dear Friends, Luke 24:36b-48:  We look once again at Jesus as he appears to his disciples and see the common (and understandable!) pattern of fear and doubts before his very real (and very strange!) presence assures them: “See my hands and feet…handle me and see…”  Luke also includes the…

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Readings and Reflections for Easter Sunday

Isaiah 25:6-9 Acts 10:34-43 Mark 16:1-8 Dear Friends, Isaiah 25:6-9: The prophet looks forward to the day when death is swallowed up, tears washed away, all disgrace and mourning taken away from “all the earth.”  Meanwhile we wait, but as people who have hope in what God will do. Acts 10:34-43:  Peter declares that God is…

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Readings and Reflections for the Third Sunday in Lent

Exodus 20:1-17 Psalm 19 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 John 2:13-22 Dear Friends, This Sunday in Lent gives us the Ten Commandments as written in Exodus 20. It is easy to see that the “weight” or emphasis is on the first three commandments that address our relationship to God.  God is “jealous” and will tolerate no “rivals” nor the misuse of…

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Solemn Communion 2018

Sunday February 11th was a big day here at St. Matthew’s.  During our 9:00 worship service, we celebrated both of the dominical sacraments, Baptism and the Eucharist.  While every Eucharist is a special event, this particular Eucharist was extra special because six children received their first communion during the service.   As part of their…

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Confirmation 2018

    On February 4, 16 young men and women took the step to re-affirm their baptisms during the 10:30 a.m. service.  With the help of mentors and the rector, they spent a year deepening their relationship with Jesus Christ and learning what it means to be called a Child of God.  As part of…

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