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The Rev’d N.J.A. Humphrey The Feast of St. Peter & St. Paul Solemn High Mass with Father-Daughter Baptisms John 21:15-19; 2 Timothy 4:1-8 Those of you who are familiar with the liturgical calendar may recall that January 18th is the feast of the Confession of St. Peter. A...
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Baptized into the Body of Christ

The Revd. N.J.A. Humphrey Year C, Corpus Christi with Baptism 1 Cor. 10:1-4, 16-17; John 6:47-58   Today we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi, but in a unique way, for on this day we are also celebrating the baptism of Alyiah Marie Jackson. Baptisms are traditionally...
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The Jailed Who Freed Their Jailer

The Revd. N.J.A. Humphrey 7 Easter Acts 16:16-34   When I was about ten years old, my father, brother, and I took a tour of Alcatraz, that famous prison on an island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. We were shown cells with breathtaking views of the ocean and the city...
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Scripture & Discernment : Acts 11:1-18 (5 Easter, Year C)

The Rev’d N.J.A. Humphrey A decade ago, I thought that my future might be in academia, and so I arranged to take a study leave at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom at the start of its Easter Term. One of the books I read closely and ended up citing in the major paper I...
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Two Charcoal Fires: 3 Easter, Year C (RCL)

The Rev’d N.J.A. Humphrey 10 April 2016 John 21:1-19   First, a lesson in Greek grammar. I try to avoid showing off my linguistic skills, but John is such a lover of words that sometimes it’s necessary for me to strut my stuff from the pulpit. So bear with me. Many of you...
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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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The Crucifixion through John’s Eyes

The Rev’d. N.J.A. Humphrey Good Friday, Year C 25 March 2016 John 18:1-19:42   Last evening I reflected on John as the disciple who understands what it means to abide in Jesus’ love, and it is because he alone of all the disciples knows what it means to love and be loved by...
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The Last Supper through John’s Eyes

The Rev’d. N.J.A. Humphrey Maundy Thursday, Year C 24 March 2016 John 13:1-17, 31b-35   My aim tonight and tomorrow night is to look at the events of Holy Week through the eyes of John, the “disciple whom Jesus loved.” Our gospel texts tonight and tomorrow come from John’s...
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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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The Fifth Sunday in Lent: A Sermon by The Rev’d Dr. Michael Tessman

6          They that sow in tears * shall reap in joy. 7          He that now goeth on his way weeping, and beareth forth good seed, * shall doubtless come again with joy, and bring his sheaves with him.   Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus...
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