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The Impossible

RCL Year A The Church of the Holy Cross Easter Day April 20, 2014 Acts 10:34-43 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 Colossians 3:1-4 Matthew 28:1-10 Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia! Do you have the same thought I do, reading the story of that first Easter morning? Does it flash through your mind: This is impossible! This couldn’t happen! This is science fiction. It’s a peaceful, quiet morning at dawn on the first day of the week. The women going to...Read More

Maundy Thursday: The Means and the Mandate

RCL Years A, B, C The Church of the Holy Cross Maundy Thursday April 17, 2014 Exodus 12: 1-14 Psalm 116: 1, 10-17 1 Corinthians 1123-26 John 13: 1-17, 31b-35 If you knew, almost certainly, that you had less than 24 hours to live, what would you do? I imagine most, if not all of us, would do just what Jesus did. We’d gather the people we love most around us, maybe share a meal with them, and tell them the things we don’t want them to forget. The guideposts we want to leave with...Read More

A Night of Perpetual Ordinance

RCL Year C Easter Day March 31, 2013 Exodus 12:1-14 Psalm 116:1, 10-17 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-17, 31b-35 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you…. The beginning of months; the first month of the year; the beginning…. The Exodus marks the birth of Israel as a people who belong to God. Yahweh’s rescue of the children of Jacob from slavery in Egypt is a first in...Read More

Advent 3: Two days after Sandy Hook

RCL Year C The Third Sunday of Advent December 16, 2012 Zephaniah 3:14-20 Canticle 9: The First Song of Isaiah (Isaiah 12:2-6) Philippians 4:4-7 Luke 3:7-18 Today, on the third Sunday of our Season of Hope, we see the threat of a dark, cold hopelessness. A 20 year old man killed his mother, 20 first grade children, six adults and himself in an elementary school with the quiet, poetic name, Sandy Hook. The town of Newtown, Connecticut, is reported to be a peaceful, friendly town. The last...Read More