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Whoredom and The Holy Spirit

The propers:
Hosea 1:2-10 (the focus of the sermon, and the place where you can find the usage of "whoredom" that makes the first sentence of the first reading so spectacularly awful) Colossians 2:6-15 Luke 11:1-13
Proper 12, July 28th, 2013
My apologies to the first reader this morning...that was quite a sentence to start out with wasn’t it?!  
In my defense, the readings we hear each week in church are not chosen based on the whims of a preacher, nor are they meant to reflect the particulars of any one congregation.  They do not echo the theological agenda of the rector and they certainly are not chosen with an eye towards the social mores of any given time or place.  As members of the Episcopal Church, we hear the readings partnered and in the order presented by the Revised Common Lectionary.  
The Revised Common Lectionary was compiled by representatives from a variety of denominations, including the Episcopal Church.  Each Sunday, the Gospel reading provides a thematic focus a…

I'm b-a-a-ck!

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After a LONG hiatus (known as having a new baby) I'm back in the saddle again!  I am Preaching tomorrow as I begin the first Sunday covering a colleagues four month (!) sabbatical!

The readings:

Amos 8:1-12 and Psalm 52  •Colossians 1:15-28  • Luke 10:38-42
The sermon:

Proper 11C / Ordinary 16C / Pentecost +9
July 21, 2013
Every sermon is a lived experience.  Shaped by the moment, by the priest, by the priest’s preparation, by the gathered congregation--influenced by such things as that imprudent third or fourth cup of coffee, visitations by neighborhood cats, and even the weather (we are all grateful for shorter sermons on hot days in unairconditioned churches), and the acoustics of the space!  When asked for texts of my sermon (and I always text them) I am well aware that the text does not have the life, the breath, the energy, of the preached sermon.  
There is a wholeness and a dynamic that only exists in relationship and in the moment--in the call and response (in the Episcopal ch…