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Morning Prayer – March 22

Click here for the service bulletin (PDF) 032220 Lent 4 An Invitation to Break Free John 9:1-41 I had a friend in South Africa who visited me in the early 90s when I lived in Mexico, and South Africa was in the process of undoing 50 years of Apartheid. The separation of the races, and…

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A New Way of Seeing

030820 Lent 2  John 3:1-17   The story of Nicodemus is one of the biblical stories that I most connect to at a personal level. As a religious professional, I approach holiness with a similar combination of strengths and weaknesses. The story is the Gospel lesson on the second Sunday of Lent every three years.…

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The Paradoxical Path to Getting what we Want

030120 Lent 1  Genesis 2:4b-9, 15-17; 3:1-7; Matthew 4:1-11   Last Thursday evening about 130 people from the Echo Park community gathered at St. Paul’s Commons to address the crisis around the unhoused population occupying the park in increasing numbers. I was on a panel with a homeless man from the park, a resident from…

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Habits of Love

022620 Ash Wednesday  Joel 2: 1-2, 12-17; 2 Cor. 5: 20-6: 10; Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-21   Don’t do your good deeds in front of people just for others to see them. When you help those in need, don’t post it to the four winds. When you fast, don’t make a sad face for people…

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Follow Me

012620 Epiphany 3  I Cor. 10:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23   When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he knew that it was his turn now; the ball was in his court. And he knew that his mission to create a new unity around God’s inclusive love threatened the powers that be. If John could be…

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Searching Souls and Expanding Visions

011920 Epiphany 2  Is. 49:1-7; I Cor. 1:1-9; John 1:35-42   I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it will take to bring healing and reconciliation to our communities, to our nation and to our world. I’m sure I’m not the only one, since most of us feel like the need has never been…

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Who’s Standing with you on the Riverbank?

011220 Epiphany 1  Matthew 3:13-17   In a book entitled The Patron Saint of Liars, Ann Patchett tells the story of Rose Clinton and her daughter Cecilia, who live at St. Elizabeth’s Home for Unwed Mothers in Habit, Kentucky. Rose is the cook and Cecilia has grown up being petted and mothered by all the…

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Light that Draws Rulers & Nations

010520 The Epiphany  Isaiah 60:1-6; Matthew 2:1-12   One thing I love to observe at the end of a year or a decade are all the top 10 lists that appear: top ten books; top ten movies; top ten travel sites; top ten headlines. So it didn’t seem strange to find that Isaiah shared his…

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Pitching a Tent in our Neighborhood

122919 Christmas 1 A  John 1:1-18   The Gospel of John tells the Christmas story by saying that the Word became flesh and ‘pitched a tent’ among us. It also says that not everyone liked it – He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. To all who…

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