Monthly Archives: November 2020

Swedish Death Cleaning

Friday, 27 November 2020 (Sirach 7) For we brought nothing into the world, and it is certain we carry nothing out. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD (BCP 2019, p. … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving in a Plague Year

(Deut 8 / Psalm 65 / James 1:17-27 / Matthew 6:25-33) Collect Most merciful Father, we humbly thank you for all your gifts so freely bestowed upon us:  for life and health and safety, for strength to work and leisure … Continue reading

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Apollos and the Twelve: Acts 18:24-19:7

O God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth,      Have mercy upon us. O God the Son, Redeemer of the world,      Have mercy upon us. O God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of the faithful,      … Continue reading

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Egypt: A Reflection on Isaiah 31

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. There is a genre of fiction literature called Alternate History.  Have you heard of it?  Its authors speculate on how the world would be … Continue reading

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Decisions, Decisions

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. When our daughter was still quite young, my wife and I realized that she had the ability to outsmart us and that the price … Continue reading

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Hezekiah’s Prayer: 2 Kings 20

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. The young man, a recent graduate of a noted theological college, was introduced to an Orthodox bishop as a theologian.  “A theologian?” the bishop … Continue reading

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Zechariah and Elizabeth, Parents of John the Baptist

Commemoration of Elizabeth and Zechariah, Parents of John the Baptist (1 Samuel 1:1-20 / Benedictus / Romans 4:13-25 / Luke 1:1-7) Collect O God, who alone knits all infants in the womb:  You chose improbable servants – old and childless … Continue reading

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