UPDATE 2017: I originally posted this two years again, when it was first produced. It has been making the rounds again unattributed so I wanted to be sure folks could find Everett’s site. But on looking at it again this Advent, I was struck again by how right he got this. His interpretation accurately depicts the sense of the original context, the pregnant mother and anxious father just looking for a place to rest. Not […]
This was my reflection for Eucharist Wednesday morning (14 December 2016) at St. B’s. The Gospel reading for morning prayer was Mark 1:1-7. They are familiar words to anyone who has ever been to a Christmas service, citing Mal. 3:1 and Isa. 40:3. Mark 1:1 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who […]
My sermon from this past Sunday, Advent 3 (Yr. A). The audio can be heard on St. B’s site, where you can subscribe to all our sermons. Third Sunday of Advent (December 11, 2016) Gospel Matthew 11:2-11 What are you expecting for Christmas? The season of Advent is a time of expectation. Our lectionary and liturgy attempt to direct our attention to Christ’s second coming, preparing ourselves, our community, and our world for the coming Day […]
It is Christmas time (well, technically Advent) and most of us will at least listen to the music from, if not watch, A Charlie Brown Christmas. SMOSH.com has a great little piece with six little known facts about first release. (I know all but the Coke fact.) What is also clear and what we can all be thankful for is Charles Schultz’s determination to produce the show that he wanted. Executives Were Freaked out by Linus’s Speech […]
On business in the Big Apple visiting with board members and recruiting. This is the view from the top of the Thomson Reuters building. Not bad, eh?
UPDATE: Fred Small who is the pastor of the Unitarian church that invited Garrison Keillor to speak has posted a rebuttal. John is not happy with Garrison’s slam on secular Christmas songs in his oped piece “Nonbelievers, please leave Christmas alone.” Perhaps it’s just satire when he whales on Jewish songwriters who “trash up the malls with Rudolph” “and the rest of that dreck,” but if so, he mixed in too many value judgments that do not […]
[This is sort of a “rough cut,” intended as a detailed outline rather than a full narrative exposition. Still, feel free to read and comment!] Second Sunday of Advent Year B RCL Isaiah 40:1-11 Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 2 Peter 3:8-15a Mark 1:1-8 Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet […]
Yesterday was the first Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the (western) Christian year, and it was also my first opportunity to perform a baptism. It was a wonderful event made even more special because the baby is the child of some good friends of ours. Advent is a curious season in that we tend to think of it as “Christmas” when in fact Christmas and Epiphany do not begin until, well, Christmas. Advent is […]