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Advent IV, 2016

Isaiah 7:10-16;  Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19;  Romans 1:1-7;  Matthew 1:18-25 I just hope they do the right thing! she called out, although the look on her face suggested quite the opposite as she barged past in her billowing black cape— aunty Gwynneth adding her own brand of gathering gloom to the dark, wet winter... Read More


Reign of Christ, 2016

Jeremiah 23:1-6;  The Benedictus (Song of Zechariah) Luke 1:68-79;  Colossians 1:11-20;  Luke 23:33-43 It was one of those white-knuckle flights with updrafts and downdrafts tossing us about like rag dolls in our Flying Cigar—a long, slender head-banger at the best of times that gave you a crick in the neck after... Read More

Proper 33, 2016

Isaiah 65:17-25; Ps 98; 2 Thessalonians 3:6–13; Luke 21:5–19 “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven. But before all this occurs, they will arrest you... Read More


Remembrance Day, 2016

Matthew 5:1-13 -- The Beatitudes Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.  In 1914, H.G. Wells wrote a book called The War to End all Wars.  Four years and 16 million deaths later, on 11th November, 1918, British Prime Minister, David Lloyd George rose to address the... Read More

Proper 31, 2016

Habakkuk 1:1–4, 2:1–4; Psalm 119:137–144; 2 Thessalonians 1:1–4, 11–12; Luke 19:1–10 Today, as we approach the feast of All Saints and All Souls, I am going to tell you a story. It is a story of an unconventional saint, a saint whom an English translation error in our Gospel makes into a reformed sinner. The one... Read More


Proper 30, 2016

Joel 2:23-32;  Psalm 65;  2Thessalonians 4:6-8, 16-18;  Luke 18:9-14 Duw, Mrs. Pugh, ‘ave you ‘erd that Mrs. Jones-the-post has gone and bought ‘erself one of them new-fangled self-basting roasting pans?  She says it works lovely, so I’m thinking of getting one. Well I never Mrs. Rees, and there’s me making do... Read More

Proper 27, 2016

Habakkuk 1:1–4; 2:1–4; Ps 37:1–10; 2 Timothy 1:1–14; Luke 17:5–10 “Found alone and crying in garden.” That was what it said at the top of our cat’s intake form from the adoption agency. I almost cried myself when I read it! Quite a biblical statement, now that I think of it. I suppose we should have named her... Read More


Visitation with Baptisms: St. Philip, Dunbar

Thanks to Adele Wonnick for the image of Bishop Skelton preaching. Read More


Proper 24, 2016

Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28;  Psalm 14:1-7;  1 Timothy 1:12-17;  Luke 15:1-10 “Didn’t know you’d taken up dumpster diving” quipped a neighbour as he backed out of his carport, still laughing as he waved and drove off to work.  “I had a husband like that once” joined in a passer-by, “always throwing my things away—in... Read More

Proper 23, 2016

Jeremiah 18:1–11; Psalm 139:1–5, 12–17; Philemon 1–21; Luke 14:25–33 I’ll always remember my Hebrew Bible professor Dr. Pat Dutcher-Walls’ classes on the prophetic books, which were a specialty of hers. Today’s passage from Jeremiah reminded me of a particularly amazing experience in which Pat decided to... Read More