Clergy Reflection – March 23, 2018

RE-MEMBERING THE FAITH STORY IN A SINGLE WEEK Beginning with Palm Sunday (March 25th this year), the church calendar invites us into a week-long journey which strives to renew our awareness of elements of the last week of Jesus’ earthly life (full schedule of services at St. John’s is posted on the website:  www.sjcb.org ).  I want to say a few…

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Clergy Reflection – March 9, 2018

Impatience From Mount Hor the Israelites set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way.  The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?  For there is no food and no water,…

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Clergy Reflection – January 26, 2018

Grace “I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us. It can be received gladly or grudgingly, in big gulps or tiny tastes, like a deer at the salt.”         Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies   I am among the many who find…

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Clergy Reflection – January 19, 2018

Christian Unity   The church calendar observes the Confession of St. Peter on January18th and the Conversion of St. Paul on January 25th each year. Peter is the first one to name Jesus as “the Christ, the Son of the Living God” and is traditionally associated with those of the emerging Christian community who were of Jewish heritage. Paul’s dramatic…

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Clergy Reflection – January 12, 2018

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.   – Letter to the Colossians 3:12 I stopped by a local neighborhood store the other day to pick up a bottle of wine. Being a small neighborhood store, it sells both alcohol and basic staple foods and snacks.  Two children were at the register when…

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Clergy Reflection – December 8, 2017 – copy

  Joseph, being a righteous man…   As we understandably focus our attention on Mary and the baby Jesus as we approach the celebration of Christmas, Joseph can easily become a voiceless figure in the background. To be sure, Joseph does get his own saint day on the church calendar – March 19th – and I can recall rich, delicious…

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Clergy Reflection – December 8, 2017

Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee.   This first line of the classic Advent hymn suggests the timeless search for a spiritual center in the midst of the stressful realities of the world which so easily raise up fear in the…

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Clergy Reflection – November 24, 2017

  Of That Which Matters         To begin at the end, verger Joe Malek is doing fine after feeling “lightheaded” at the 10:00 AM service on November 19. He was treated at Beverly Hospital and released on Monday after overnight observation. Now for those who were not at the 10:00 AM service on November 19, here’s the…

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Clergy Reflection – November 17, 2017

Come, ye thankful people, come When we gather for worship each Sunday, we engage in Holy Eucharist. I happen to like the sound of the word “eucharist,” and I also realize it has an “episcospeak” ambiguity. The word comes from Greek eucharistica, which in turn comes from the Hebrew berekah. The word means to give thanks, especially in the sense…

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Clergy Reflection – November 3, 2017

 I Sing a Song of the Saints of God   During the first part of the Twentieth Century, a young mother in Britain composed spiritual songs to sing to her children and to teach them about the Christian faith. Her name was Lesbia Scott, and one of those hymns – I Sing a Song of the Saints of God –…

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