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Fr. Martin C. Yost Proper 25 Year A October 29, 2017 In today’s Gospel once again we see Jesus in controversy with the Pharisees. This time it is not a highly charged political question like paying taxes to Caesar, but a question concerning the Torah, the Jewish religious...
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Render Unto God

The Rev’d N.J.A. Humphrey Zabriskie Memorial Church Year A, Proper 24, 20 Pentecost Matthew 22:15-22 22 October 2017 Imagine the tension around Jesus in the Temple when the crowd heard the Pharisees’ disciples ask him, “Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” Part of what...
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Proper 22, Year A

By the Rev. Martin Yost The image of a vineyard used by Jesus in telling the parable in today’s gospel would certainly have been familiar to his hearers. They would know the layout, the hedges, the towers, the arrangement with the husbandmen, in ways that we might not in our own...
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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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Ready? Set. Go!

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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