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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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Three Temptations: First Sunday in Lent, Year C

The Rev’d. N.J.A. Humphrey Preached at the Church of St. Michael & St. George, St. Louis, MO 14 February 2016 Luke 4:1-13 [via Genesis 3:6 & I John 2:16]   There are many temptations in this world, but there is a clear tradition within the Scriptures of both the Old...
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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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Stumbling Blocks & Stepping Stones: An Ash Wednesday Homily

The Rev’d N.J.A. Humphrey Ash Wednesday 10 February 2016 II Corinthians 6:3 & Matthew Ch. 6   Often when preparing for a sermon, I look at more than one translation. When I looked over the lessons for today, I was struck again by a verse from the epistle, one that the...
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Candles and Shadows

The Rev’d. N.J.A. Humphrey Candlemas Saint Stephen’s Church, Providence Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40   On this great feast, one hardly knows where to look. For one thing, it has so many names: the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple, a.k.a. the Purification...
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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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