Celebration of the Epiphany
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Celebration of the Epiphany

Readings – Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12 This morning as we celebrate the Epiphany, there are four life-enhancing elements for all of our lives in these twelve brief verses. Let’s begin with being alert to our surroundings beyond our routine, and our everyday bubble.  How do we expand our horizons?  I…

Holy Name
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Holy Name

Readings—Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 8; Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 2:15-21 Holy Name Day is the celebration of the circumcision of the child of Mary and Joseph, marking and welcoming him into the People of God of ancient times.  Eight days after birth he is named by his father, “Jesus”, “God saves”.  In our times it is through…

Christmas Eve
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Christmas Eve

Readings – Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:1-14; Luke 2:1-20 There is a French proverb that Voltaire was fond of stating-   L’enemi du bien est le bien. (The perfect is the enemy of the good.)                      Winston Churchill wrote in a similar vein- Perfection is the enemy of progress. If we pursue only the perfect, we…

Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
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Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

Readings – Isaiah 65:17-25; Isaiah 12:2-6; II Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21: 5-19 There was a time not far from here, counties to the east, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Carbon, Northumberland, when coal was king.  The mines were booming; the railroads were hauling; the small towns were thriving.  Many of us remember those times. And then the abandonment…