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Learning from the Liturgy: Advent & Christmas

Advent is one of those seasons of the Christian calendar that most non-liturgical Christians have heard of, but usually don’t quite understand.  Through the popularity of Advent devotionals and Advent Calendars, many come to assume that Advent begins on December … Continue reading

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Are we there yet?

“Are we there yet?”  Between the goings-on of the season, and all the snow we’ve already gotten, you might be feeling that way too.  Isn’t it Christmas already?  How can it still be a week away?  Well, fun fact, this … Continue reading

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the Light of the World

Merry Christmas! Or, dare I say, happy holidays! The three days immediately following Christmas Day are also major holy days in the Christian year. December 26th commemorates St. Stephen, the Deacon and martyr, whose story is told in the book … Continue reading

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Counting Down Advent

Christmas is approaching quickly!  And because this is such a busy time of year for many people, it’s easy to miss that thoughtful and excited sense of anticipation that the Advent season calls us into.  If you’re finding this month … Continue reading

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The War on Christmas

He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake! You’d better watch out. You’d better not cry. You’d better not pout. I’m telling you … Continue reading

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Jesus: the gift that keeps on giving

This sermon was preached at Grace Anglican Church on January 4th, 2015. Introduction Let’s quickly take stock of where we’ve been thus far: Last month the Bishop talked about hope. Two weeks ago I told you story of the Maccabees. … Continue reading

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Advent 4 – Recognizing the Word & Rejoicing in His Coming

Introductory Prayer O Lord, raise up your power, and come among us, and with great might help us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness, we are hurt and hindered in running the race that is set before us, your … Continue reading

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Advent 3 – Witnessing about the Word, in Hope

Introductory Prayer O Lord Jesus Christ, who at your first coming did send your messenger to prepare your way before you; Grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready your way, by … Continue reading

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Advent 2 – The Passing World and the Enduring Word

Introductory Prayer Blessed Lord, who has caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in such a way hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of your … Continue reading

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The Advent Attitude & Lifestyle

This was my sermon for Grace Anglican Church on 30 November 2014 (Advent 1).  Introduction Today is the first day of Advent. Advent is to Christmas like Lent is to Easter – they’re solemn times of self-reflection, there’s a heightened … Continue reading

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