Michaelmas 2017

September 24, 2017 By Deacon Buck Close Today we celebrate – 5 days early – the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, also known as Michaelmas. I was reminded how generally unknown this feast is in this country outside our small corner of Anglicanism by the reaction of our new...
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Low Sunday Yr. C – Quasimodo Sunday

Easter 1 – Low Sunday 2016 Deacon Buck Close I learned something interesting recently. In addition to being called Low Sunday, this Sunday is sometimes referred to as Quasimodo Sunday. No, I am not kidding. To quote that eminent church scholar Wikipedia, The name Quasimodo came...
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Palm Sunday Yr. C – Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?

Palm Sunday 2016 Year C Deacon Buck Close My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Doesn’t this anguished cry from Jesus give us pause? What do we make of his obvious sense of abandonment? Where is his Father when Jesus really needs him? How can God feel forsaken? As a boy,...
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Lent 3C – The Fig Tree

3 Lent Year C Deacon Buck Close 28 Feb 2016 A certain man had a fig tree. The fig tree is a frequent visitor to the pages of the Bible. When you go to your Bible browser and put in fig tree, you will reap a large list of references from both Old and New Testaments. Having a fig...
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Lent 1C – Jesus in the Wilderness

1 Lent 2016 Deacon Buck Close Luke 4: 1-13 Jesus, full of the HS, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for 40 days he was tempted by the devil. Today, on this first Sunday of the penitential season of Lent, we hear again the story of Jesus’...
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Jesus at Nazareth/King Charles the Martyr

4 Epiphany 16 Deacon Buck Close Luke 4: 21 -30 In today’s gospel Luke continues the story of Jesus appearance in the synagogue at Nazareth – his home town. The message of this passage – at least on the surface – is presented in verse 24: Verily I say unto you, No prophet is...
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The Baptism of our Lord – Year C

The Baptism of our Lord – Year C Deacon Buck Close January 10, 2016 I wonder how many of you have ever been to a Billy Graham crusade. When I was growing up in SC in the 50’s and early 60’s it was something people did – lots of people from all socioeconomic backgrounds. When I...
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Advent 4C Meeting Mary

Advent 4C – 2015 Deacon Buck Close Meeting Mary The gospels of Advent are presented in reverse chronological order. We start on Advent 1 with the apocalyptic vision of the end times. Then on Advent 2 and 3 we go back to around the years 27-28 AD to consider the ministry of that...
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Three Advent Homilies

Advent 1C Deacon Buck Close 29 November 2015 This morning I am going to treat you to three mini homilies. I didn’t do this intentionally. It just happened. The first is my rather negative take on apocalyptic literature. The second is an advertisement for the church calendar, and...
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The Widow’s Mite: 24 Pentecost, Year B

The Widow’s Mite Deacon Buck Close November 8, 2015 Mark 12: 38-44 For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on. Today’s gospel is the nearly ideal text for a stewardship sermon. But this...
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