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Come Holy Ghost

Preached by Fr. Paul Burrows on Sunday, May 27, 2012 (Pentecost)

Sunday, May 27, 2012
Pentecost Sunday
Advent of Christ the King

The whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now.

Romans 8:22

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth.

John 16:13

I have just finished read “Leaving Alexandria”, the autobiography of a former Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, Richard...

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God shows no partiality

Preached by Fr. Paul Burrows on Sunday, April 8, 2012 (Easter Day)

Sunday, April 8, 2012
Easter Day
Advent of Christ the King

I truly understand that God shows no partiality

Acts 10:34

There can be little doubt that one of the marks of the 21st Century has been the sharp decline in the reputation of Christians and the Christian Church. In recent surveys more people report negative feeling when hearing the word ‘Christian’...

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Easter Vigil

Preached by Dr. Robyn Arnold on Saturday, April 7, 2012 (Easter Vigil)

But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here.” (Mark 16:6)

What would you do for love? How much is too much?
The sacrifice has been made, the cries of pain and despair have ended. Nothing is as we expected. The one who loved us best has died and we did nothing to stop it. The powers of...

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Good Friday

Preached by Dr. Robyn Arnold on Friday, April 6, 2012 (Good Friday)

“So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side with Jesus between them.” (John 19: 17-18)

What kind of story is this? The hero isn’t supposed to die. Of what use is a dead messiah?
In the millennia since our...

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Maundy Thursday

Preached by Dr. Robyn Arnold on Thursday, April 5, 2012 (Maundy Thursday)

Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and to go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world he loved them to the end. (John 13:1)

These are the days of our remembrance. When we, as a people set apart call to mind the truth that binds us… the story that defines who and why we are. Unlike a simple memory of times past these Sacred Mysteries call us...

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Obedience through suffering

Preached by Fr. Paul Burrows on Sunday, March 25, 2012 (Lent 5)

Sunday, March 25, 2012
Lent 5, year B
Advent of Christ the King

Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.

Hebrews 5:8

I don’t know about all of you but my Lenten observance got off to a bad start and has seen little improvement as the weeks have gone by. I wish I could say that I have managed more prayer time (I have not), fasted (...

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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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