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Shining like the Son

Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray.  As he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory…

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Jesus, teacher of happiness

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive…

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Fishing for people

1. Jesus calls his first disciples on the shores of Lake Gennesseret – fishermen. This lake, incidentally, is the same lake the other gospel writers call Lake Galilee, or Lake Tiberias.  Yet as I discovered when researching this sermon, the Venerable Bede, that great sixth century saint of the English Church, believed that the name…

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Jesus, Prophet of Amnesty

Luke 1; 4:14-21 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,     because he has anointed me         to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives     and recovery of sight to the blind,         to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”  …

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Wine of everlasting joy

John 2:1-11 1. And so to the famous episode from St John’s gospel.  Jesus turns water into wine, appearing as the bringer of joy, the bringer of festival. This episode is called a “sign” (semeion).  It is a symbolic story, a story of real depth. In the text Jesus turns six large stone jars of…

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Christmas 2018

Luke 2:8-16 Chris Tyack 1. We hear again of the shepherds and the angels—a story thick with sentiment for many of us.  We heard it as children.  We hear it again as adults, trying to recapture some of its original glory, its strangeness, its mystique.  Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the…

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Great with Child

ADVENT 4 Luke 1:39-45 1. Now is the end of Advent. We wait in the darkness for the break of day; we wait for the light of Christ to flicker again.  And sometimes, when we wait in poverty of spirit, we can be surprised by joy.  This is the theme for today – unexpected growth.…

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A Prophet Arises

John the Baptist and John the Divine

1. We can imagine John’s fiery sermons by the Jordan: he tells the crowds to share their possessions, rebuking them for their greed; he rebukes the tax-collectors for stealing; he reproves the Roman soldiers who act like standover men and thugs. John emerges as a preacher of justice, a preacher absolutely in the Jewish prophetic…

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