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Wash and be clean

Preached by Fr. Paul Burrows on Sunday, February 12, 2012 (6th after Epiphany)

Sunday, February 12th, 2012
Epiphany 6, year B
Advent of Christ the King

“Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, ‘Wash, and be clean’?”

2 Kings 5:13

As we head toward the spiritual “boot camp” of our Lenten observance I can already detect that some are...

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Welcoming Change

Preached by Fr. Paul Burrows on Thursday, February 2, 2012 (Candlemas)

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
Candlemas
Advent of Christ the King

“This child is destined for the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed.”

Luke 2:33

The coming into the Temple of the Incarnate Word is not as comfortable an event as we might like to think it, for it indicates great change about to happen. That is the point of...

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Come dance with me

Preached by Fr. Paul Burrows on Sunday, January 15, 2012 (Interfaith Service for the Ballet)

Sunday. January 15, 2012
Interfaith Service for San Francisco Ballet
Advent of Christ the King

Do you realize the difficulty of this art, at once so beautiful and so ungrateful?

The world is full of easy fixes and instant gratification, fast food, quick fixes, and glib answers, but most of us are aware of a longing for something just a bit more, a sense that we count...

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Discernment

Preached by Fr. Paul Burrows on Sunday, January 15, 2012 (Epiphany 2)

Sunday, January 15, 2012
Epiphany 2, year B
Advent of Christ the King

You will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.

John 1:51

Discernment is one of the most difficult tasks for all of us as we seek to find our place in the world. It would be problematic for a mathematical genius to find themselves with the task of...

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Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning

Preached by Fr. Paul Burrows on Sunday, November 13, 2011 (Proper 28)

Sunday, November 13, 2011
Proper 28, year A
Advent of Christ the King

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning:

Collect for Proper 28

I know that many of you are fans of that great exemplar of the zero tolerance approach to grammar, Lynn Truss. The very title of her book, “Eats Shoots and Leaves,” displays the importance of...

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Remigius of Rheims

Preached by Fr. Paul Burrows on Sunday, October 2, 2011 (15th after Pentecost)

Sunday, October 2, 2011
Proper 22, year A
Advent of Christ the King

The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;

Matthew 21:42

When, in 496, St. Remigius baptized Clovis, who by then had become the King of all the Franks, it must have seemed to the refined Gallo-Romans of the region that their kinsman was taking this text just a little too...

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Jonah

Preached by Fr. Paul Burrows on Sunday, September 18, 2011 (13th Sunday after Pentecost)

Sunday. September 18, 2011
Proper 20, year A
Advent of Christ the King

Should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?

Jonah 4:11

We are all of us sure of what is just, so much so that this Gospel passage seems inherently...

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A sower went out to sow

Preached by Fr. Paul Burrows on Sunday, July 10, 2011 (5th Sunday after Pentecost)

Sunday, July 10, 2011
Proper 10, year A
Advent of Christ the King

“A sower went out to sow.”

Matthew 13:3

We are so familiar with this parable that I suspect that most of us zone out as soon we start to hear it. It seems unremarkable and the imagery so obvious it is almost anticlimactic when Jesus give the interpretation. The big is question is why don’t the...

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Doubt

Preached by Fr. Paul Burrows on Sunday, May 1, 2011 (2nd Sunday of Easter)

Sunday, May 1, 2011
Easter 2
Advent of Christ the King

Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.

20:25

Doubt has gotten a bad name in part because of this story. That Thomas doubts, and indeed is vehement about his doubt, and makes this unfortunate statement about...

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Worship the Lord your God and him only

Preached by Fr. Paul Burrows on Sunday, March 13, 2011 (Lent 1)

Sunday, March 13, 2011
Lent 1
Church of the Advent of Christ the King

Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.

Matthew 4:11

Lent – that time when we feel that it’s ok to be gloomy about our life and faith. Nagging at the back of our brain there is that still small voice that is telling us that, no it is not! For Lent is indeed a time when we come to...

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