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Clement Bows to Christ the King

St. Clement’s Feast Day, 2016 Beyond the here and the now…

The Gospel appointed for today is Luke 6:37-45
Truth be told, until I began my ministry here at St. Clement’s, I had never heard of St. Clement.
Francis, yes, we bless our pets and care for creation holding him as a model.
Nicholaus, yup, the kinderchoir is learning some music about waiting for this blessed Saint.
Clare, whose blessing, I will use today
“Live without fear: your Creator has made you holy, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother. Go in peace to follow the good road and may God’s blessing be with you always. Amen.” (source: from Saint Clare)
And, then, of course, Julian of Norwich whose faith was such that her assurance “All will be well, and all will be well, and all matter of things shall be well” continues to comfort and reassure us.
But, I had never heard of Clement.
Clement, swallowed up by the Black Sea and by time. Clement, whose feast day we celebrate today. Clement whose anchor is set within our win…

Proper 28C: A New Heaven and A New Earth

A Sermon After An Election
 Readings appointed for the day can be found here
Luke wrote these words, recording them for a time and a place beyond his time and place, to people who were scared. They were scared of the empire. They were scared of persecution. They were scared that the world would never change.
And, they wanted better.They longed for the inbreaking of God, and the overturning of those structures they knew, through their experience, were oppressive.For them, the coming of the messiah was not about heaven, it was about the here and the now.
It was about finding a new way forward because the present way had ceased to serve.
This Sunday, is the Sunday in our lectionary that precedes what we call “Christ the King”.And, so the text we here is setting us up for a political transformation—from a flawed human governance to the governance of the sovereign Christ.
This text is meant to affirm the hope that this is not all we have and that more and better will come to pass.
More and b…