Christmas I: Sermon for an Odd Sunday

Sermon Christmas I 2017 Sermon for an Odd Sunday When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’),Continue reading “Christmas I: Sermon for an Odd Sunday”

The Second Day of Christmas

Readings for the Day The Feast of St. Stephen Jeremiah 26:1-9,12-15 Psalm 31 Acts 6:8-7:2a, 51c-60 Matthew 23:34-39 Collect for the Day We give you thanks, O Lord of glory, for the example of the first martyr Stephen, who looked up to heaven and prayed for his persecutors to your Son Jesus Christ, who standsContinue reading “The Second Day of Christmas”

Christmas Sermon: Good News that Changes Everything

SERMON: Good News that Changes Everything (Christmas 2017) The people who walked in darkness    have seen a great light;those who lived in a land of deep darkness—    on them light has shined. (Isaiah 9:2) He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself aContinue reading “Christmas Sermon: Good News that Changes Everything”

Sermon Christmas II: Returning to Our Work

Christmas II (New Year’s Day) Returning to Our Work 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they went with haste and found Mary andContinue reading “Sermon Christmas II: Returning to Our Work”

Christmas II: Pic and Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture to see larger image) • • • CHRISTMAS II Bach Cantata 28, “Praise God! Now the Year Comes to an End” Gottlob! nun geht das Jahr zu Ende, Das neue rücket schon heran. Gedenke, meine Seele, dran, Wieviel dir deines Gottes Hände Im alten Jahre Guts getan! Stimm ihm ein frohes Danklied an;Continue reading “Christmas II: Pic and Cantata of the Week”

Christmas Eve Homily 2016

Christmas Eve Homily 2016 Christ and Caesar: The True King is Born! In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also wentContinue reading “Christmas Eve Homily 2016”

Merry Christmas from Internet Monk

Madonna Adoring the Infant, Francesco Botticini • • • Jauchzet, frohlocket! auf, preiset die Tage, Rühmet, was heute der Höchste getan! Lasset das Zagen, verbannet die Klage, Stimmet voll Jauchzen und Fröhlichkeit an! Dienet dem Höchsten mit herrlichen Chören, Laßt uns den Namen des Herrschers verehren! Shout for joy, exult, rise up, glorify the day,Continue reading “Merry Christmas from Internet Monk”

Christmas Eve: Undermining Empire

Well, all right, let’s talk about the baby Jesus. Why was he born in Bethlehem? Luke tells us: because the then global superpower wanted to raise taxes, so told everyone to sign up and pay up. That’s how the Middle East worked then, and, with minor adjustments, that’s how it works today. This was Caesar’sContinue reading “Christmas Eve: Undermining Empire”