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Easter 2

Easter 2—23 April, 2017 Acts 2:14a, 22-32;  Psalm 16;  1 Peter 1:3-9;  John 20:19-31 You don’t really believe in resurrection do you?  Someone asked me that on a crowded bus last week.  My answer—You bet I do!  Through life’s ups and downs I have explored many layers of its meaning and discovered that new life... Read More

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The Miracle of Compassion - Lent 5

The Miracle of Compassion Lent 5: April 2, 2017 P. Potter   Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts, be always acceptable in your sight, O God our Rock and our redeemer.  Amen   I.     Introduction In our Gospel reading today, we hear the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. As... Read More

The Second Sunday in Lent, 2017

Genesis 12:1–4a; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1–5, 13–17; John 3:1–17 "How can these things be?" Just as the Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness last week, so does the lectionary drive us into the wilderness of the Gospel of John this week. My New Testament professor used to tell us that reading the Gospel of John was... Read More

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Ash Wednesday, 2017

Joel 2:1–2, 12–17; Psalm 103:8–18; 2 Corinthians 5:20b—6:10; Matthew 6:1–6, 16–21 Five Ash Wednesdays ago I preached my very first sermon, as a seminary student in Vancouver’s vibrant West End. I preached this in a highly diverse parish with a significant population of queer folks who had come to the Anglican... Read More

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Transfiguration, 2017

Exodus 24:12-18,  Psalm 99,  2 Peter 1:16-21,  Matthew 17:1-9 He was a big, powerful guy, handsome too before injuries took their toll leaving him with a broken nose and visibly scarred from connecting with a ball or boot all in the name of the game—football.  We hadn’t seen each other in years and had never had a... Read More

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Proper 7, 2017

Leviticus 19:1–2, 9–18; Psalm 119:33–40; 1 Corinthians 3:10–11,16–23; Matthew 5:38–48 On my recent journey to the Holy Land, I did not travel alone. Someone else from this Diocese went with me: a very treasured friend of mine, the Reverend Lucy Price. Lucy is an exceptional human being. I don’t really know anyone... Read More

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Proper 5, 2017

Isaiah 58:1–12; Psalm 112:1–9; 1 Corinthians 2:1–12; Matthew 5:13–20 I think today it might be important to just take a moment to rest in the peace that we share together in this place, to even do something a little un-Anglican, and take the hand of the person closest to you. Look at them. See them as one whom you... Read More

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Proper 4A, 2017

Micah 6:1-8;  Psalm 15;  1 Corinthians 1:18-31;  Matthew 5:1-12 So why doesn’t God do something? she demanded, jabbing the air with her forefinger, then folding her arms as if resting her case.  Good, I said, progress—five minutes ago, you claimed you didn’t even believe in God.  Good—what’s good about it? she... Read More

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Proper 2, 2017

Isaiah 49:1-7;  Psalm 40:1-11;  1 Corinthians 1:1-9;  John 1:29-42 What are you looking for? he asked.  What are you looking for?  We are only partway through Chapter 1 in John’s Gospel and have already heard eleven descriptions or names for Jesus that may spark our curiosity, capture our imagination, or resonate... Read More

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The Second Sunday after Christmas, 2016

Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 147:13-21; Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-18; Matthew 2:13-23 “When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men.” Only... Read More