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Saints Peter and Paul

Preached by The Reverend John Porter on Sunday, June 29, 2008 (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost)

If you take a close look at the liturgical calendar, you won’t find too many pairs of saints in comparison to those saints celebrated individually. Some of the pairs we do have are

  1. Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  2. Cyril and Methodius, founders of the church in Slavonia
  3. Perpetual and Felicity, early Roman virgin martyrs
  4. Philip and...

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Tridium Sermons

Preached by Mother Lizette Larson-Miller on Saturday, March 22, 2008 (Easter Vigil)

The readings of the vigil; Romans 6:3-11; Matthew 28:1-10

This is the night – I know I’ve been saying that for three nights now, but really, this is the night! This is the night when the stories of salvation history are told again and brought to the resurrection. This is the night when our stories are brought to these stories and both are made new. This is the night when we remember...

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Tridium Sermons

Preached by Mother Lizette Larson-Miller on Friday, March 21, 2008 (Good Friday)

Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Hebrews 10:1-25; John’s Passion

This is the night, as was last night, as will be tomorrow night, when we remember the love of God for us that is beyond our ability to name or comprehend.

Last night’s gospel ended with Jesus’ new commandment, “love one another as I have loved you…everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another...

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Tridium Sermons

Preached by Mother Lizette Larson-Miller on Thursday, March 20, 2008 (Maundy Thursday)

Exodus 12:1-14a; I Cor 11:23-32; John 13:1-15

This is the night! This night, and tomorrow night and the next night – welcome into these three holy days, these three holy nights, our high holy days. Starting hours ago, or in the hours to come, or right now, Christians all over the world are gathering in to this time – as if the time itself were literally a space that calls us all home...

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All of us, children of God...

Preached by Ricardo Avila on Sunday, June 24, 2007 (LGBT Pride Sunday )

Religion and sexuality have always been closely linked in my life, and my struggle to integrate the two has sometimes generated turmoil. I first realized I was gay on a church retreat, when I developed a mad crush on Father Bill. He was my first “love,” and he was also the first person I ever came out to. I was 16 years old, sitting in a face-to-face confessional with him—desperate to kiss...

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"Gather up the fragments..."

Preached by The Reverend Lizette Larson-Miller on Saturday, May 26, 2007 (funeral of Billie Larson, her mother, in All Saints Chapel at Church Divinity School of the Pacific )

One of my colleagues in the international liturgy group published a book two years ago entitled “Fragments of the Real Presence.” The title and the premise of the book were based on the first few verses of chapter 6 of John’s gospel – the passage we’ve just heard. Her particular take on it was to call our attention to the final command of Jesus in the story – “gather up the fragments...

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Sermon preached by The Reverend Brother Jude Hill

Preached by The Reverend Brother Jude Hill on Sunday, April 15, 2007 (Easter Day)

"There is no use trying," said Alice; "one can't believe impossible things.»
"I dare say you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible. things before breakfast. "

from Alice inWonderland by Lewis Carroll

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"Prepare the way of the Lord, prepare!"

Preached by The Reverend Lizette Larson-Miller on Sunday, December 10, 2006 ()

Baruch 5:1-9, Philippians 1:1-11; Luke 3:1-6, Psalm 126

Almost two years ago I was in the Holy Land with a group of English clerics—a sort of double cultural immersion (and sometimes the British clerics were more of a culture shock!) that proved to be wonderful on all levels. On our pilgrimage we visited the Jordan River twice—first at the site in the North, which is run by the Israeli...

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Ephphatha

Preached by The Reverend Lizette Larson-Miller on Sunday, September 10, 2006 ()

Isaiah 35:4-7a, James 1:17-27; Mark 7:31-37

Wouldn’t it be great if miraculous healings were a regular part of our weekly get-togethers? What would it feel like to have such tangible manifestations of the power and presence of God in our midst? Here is your God – the eyes of the blind are opened, the ears of the deaf unstopped…just think who we could waggle our fingers at - take that...

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Little Miracles

Preached by Ricardo Avila on Sunday, July 23, 2006 ()

From today's gospel: "When it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, 'this is a deserted place, and the hour is now very late; send them away so that they may go into the surrounding country and villages, and buy something for themselves to eat.' But [Jesus] answered them, 'you give them something to eat.'" (Mark 6:35)

Four years ago, I went back to Wisconsin for my...

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