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Remember that you are dust

Preached by Fr. Paul Burrows on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 (Ash Wednesday)

Ash Wednesday
March 9, 2011
Church of the Advent of Christ the King

Remember that you are dust.

Formula for imposing ashes, BCP 1979

Making us aware of our own mortality in quite so direct a way can be, to say the least, disconcerting. It maybe that as we begin our observance of Lent there is some hope in this in that at least we become aware of just how...

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Do not worry

Preached by Fr. Paul Burrows on Sunday, February 27, 2011 (8th Sunday after Epiphany)

Sunday, February 27, 2011
8th Sunday after Epiphany
Advent of Christ the King

Do not worry about tomorrow.

Matthew 6:34

Worry seems to have become a national, if not international, pastime in recent years and something that has become second nature to all of us. If we are not worried about our personal finances then we need only to look at the trouble spots in...

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Getting Somewhere Else

Preached by Mth Robyn Arnold on Sunday, February 20, 2011 (7th Sunday after Epiphany)

Getting Somewhere Else – A Sermon on Matthew 5:38-48

“Now! Now!” cried the Queen, “Faster! Faster!” And they went so fast that at last they seemed to skim through the air, hardly touching the ground with their feet, til suddenly, just as Alice was getting quite exhausted, they stopped, and she found herself sitting on the ground, breathless and giddy.
The Queen propped her up...

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The Word was made flesh

Preached by Fr. Paul Burrows on Sunday, December 26, 2010 (1st Sunday after Christmas)

Sunday, December 26, 2010
1st Sunday after Christmas
Advent of Christ the King

The Word was made flesh and lived among us

John 1:14

This simple statement in John’s Gospel is so familiar to us that I feel at times we miss the enormity of it. For think about what we are saying here – the Word was made flesh. God becomes a part of the created order, something...

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The Grace of God

Preached by Fr. Paul Burrows on Friday, December 24, 2010 (Midnight Mass)

Midnight Mass
Friday, December 24, 2010
Advent of Christ the King

The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all.

Titus 2:11

Welcome to the new world celebration of the savior’s birth that, for most of the world, ends with this Mass. Yes, I know, a surprising statement to make in a liturgical church where this is just the beginning of twelve days...

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Christ the King

Preached by Fr. Paul Burrows on Sunday, November 21, 2010 (Christ the King)

Sunday, November 28, 2010
Christ the King
Advent of Christ the King

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.

Luke 23:43

When Pius the XI created the Feast of Christ the King in 1925 it is unlikely that he can have had any idea that it would become both popular and ecumenical. Indeed it is possible that he would be dismayed by the wide spread use of...

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All Saints

Preached by Fr. Paul Burrows on Monday, November 1, 2010 (All Saints' Day)

Monday, November 1, 2010
All Saints’ Day
Advent of Christ the King

Do to others as you would have them do to you

Luke 6:31

The Revised Common Lectionary certainly has its down side but there are, at times, things that even an old stick in mud like me can appreciate. The happy use of the Luke account of the Sermon on the Plain in year C is one of them. The...

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Two men went up to the Temple to pray

Preached by Fr. Paul Burrows on Sunday, October 24, 2010 ()

Proper 25, year C
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Advent of Christ the King

Two men went up to the Temple to pray

Luke 18:10

The implication of this Gospel passage seems so obvious that one would think that there was nothing to preach about. Would that the Gospel were so ingrained on our hearts! The truth is that we, all of us, see the implication and choose to...

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Preached by Deacon Ricardo Avila on Sunday, September 19, 2010 ()

Sermon Preached 19 September 2010
Proper 20 – Luke 16:1-13

Today’s reading from Luke is probably the most confounding of all the parables found in the gospels: The Parable of the Dishonest Manager. In it, a manager is caught and fired by his master for some unspoken, shady practices, and told to hand over the accounts. Distressed, the manager decides...

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Preached by Fr. Paul Burrows on Sunday, September 5, 2010 ()

Sunday, September 5, 2010
Proper 18, year C
Advent of Christ the King

See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity.

Deuteronomy 30:15

Life is full of choices from the moment we wake up in the morning until the moment we slip into unconsciousness at night. When the irritating noise of the alarm sounds we have the choice of leaping...

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