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Homily – April 30, 2017

“They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?”  Luke  24:32 We are still within the Easter Season and hearing about the disciples experiencing the Risen Christ. All four gospels – Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John – […]

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All Saints/All Souls Homily 2016

All Saints/All Souls offer us an opportunity to remember and give thanks for our ancestors in faith and for loved one departed. Our remembering brings us back but also more fully into a profound present, as we become aware of being surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses and sharing in an invisible but […]

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Homily October 9, 2016

‘In its welfare you will find your welfare.’ Jeremiah 29:7 The Dominicans are a religious order that began over 800 years ago. After each monk’s name are the letters, O.P. Order of Preachers. Their specialty is to communicate the gospel and their work is study, teaching, and preaching. Their day is framed by community and […]

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Homily September 11, 2016

Entering the Night/Returning with the Eternal Day Always mindful of the two pillars of Sabbath – Delight in Creation and Deliverance from Slavery/Salvation – Victory over Sin and Death. 15 years ago today there was a world changing event known by its date 9/11. Do you remember where you were when you heard the news […]

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Homily August 21, 2016

Prepare to be Unbound We meet a woman in today’s Lucan gospel reading who has been bound for 18 years by an ailment. She is literally bent over. Her view is mostly her feet and the ground in front of them. She is a faithful Jewish woman who seemingly makes her way to the synagogue […]

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Homily from August 7, 2016

James, William. “Varieties of religious experience: a study in human nature.” At the turn of the last century James studied the varieties of religious experiences. He looked especially at peak religious experiences and to the founders of religions and their closest disciples and fervent followers. He focused upon those whose faith and religious encounters became […]

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Homily from July 31, 2016

“it is an unhappy business that God has given to human beings to be busy with.” The writer of Ecclesiastes is a philosopher more than a theologian perhaps and at that possibly more of an existential philosopher. It is someone who can look carefully at the here and now, what was, what is, and most […]

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Patronal Feast Reflection

St. Martin, as a young soldier, came upon a naked beggar. He cut his cloak in two and gave half to the beggar thus providing him with warmth and comfort. That night Martin had a dream and was told that in clothing the beggar he clothed our Lord. This simple act of kindness enabled Martin […]

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Sermon – May 10 – The Reverend Nancy Murphy

Easter 6, Year B – St. Martin’s – 10 May 2015 Acts 10:44-48, Psalm 98, John 5: 1-6; John 15: 9-17 As I prepared for this Sunday homily, there was one tune that I could not get out of my head. It played over and over again, day and night. I woke up with it. […]

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Sermon – May 3 – The Reverend Nancy Murphy

Acts 8: 26-40; Psalm 22: 24-30; 1 John 4: 7-21; John 15: 1-8 Many of you know that I am a gardener. Kathleen Walker and I have run a business called Heavenly Gardens for 17 years. Normally, I would tell you that there are business cards at the back of the church; however, we are […]