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Preacher:  David P. Jones
Scripture: John 20: 1-18
Date: Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016

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Preacher:  David P. Jones
Scripture:  Luke 15: 1-3, 11b-32
Date: Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 6, 2016

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Title:  Getting Things Regrounded

Preacher:  David P. Jones

Scripture:  Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Date: Ash Wednesday,  February 10, 2016

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On February 21, 2016
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Preacher:  Bret Chandler, Youth Minister

Scripture:  Genesis 15: 1-12, 17-18

Date: Lent 2, February 21, 2016

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Title: Love is All We Need

Preacher: Rev. Meredith Potter

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Date: January 31, 2016; Epiphany 4 (on the occasion of the annual meeting of St. Gregory's)

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On January 24, 2016
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Title:  The keys:  the Book, the Body, the Baby
Preacher:  David P. Jones
Scripture:  Nehemiah 8: 1-3, 5-6, 8-10; 1 Cor. 12: 12-31a, Luke 4:14-21

Date:  Third Sunday after Epiphany, January 24, 2016

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Text: Luke 7: 15-21
Preacher: Meredith Woods Potter

We continue to celebrate the Incarnation – that time in the history of humankind when “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us,” or in Peterson’s popular vernacular, the time when“God became human and moved into our neighborhood.” And God’s humanness couldn’t have been demonstrated more profoundly than for God to enter the world as a Jewish boy. And so 8 days after his birth, his parents took him to the temple for his brit milah (Hebrew: בְּרִית מִילָה‎) – to be given his Holy name and to be circumcised – to be marked, as all Jewish boys are marked, with the sign of the covenant made between Abraham and God. For generations, the Church has celebrated this feast – eight days after Christmas, and hence on New Year’s day – and even called it the Feast of the Circumcision, until the less squeamish Feast of the Holy Name was adopted.

The Church has often recognized this date as when the redemption of humankind began, since it was the first shedding of Jesus’ blood. since the date falls on the first day of the New Year, we can’t help but compare the religious “redemption” with the kind of secular celebration in which we look back on the past year and then inevitably make resolutions to change things about our lives in the coming year: resolutions to stop smoking, lose weight, exercise regularly. 

Almost every culture celebrates the beginning of the new year, but growing up in Japan, the New Year’s celebration was very special. The celebrations begin around the 27th or 28th of December when shopkeepers close their shops, many of which then stay closed for a week or 10 days into the new year. At midnight on New Year’s Eve, Buddhist temples all over Japan begin to ring their bells 108 times to symbolize the 108 human sings in Buddhist belief, and to get rid of the 108 worldly desires resident in each human being. People visit Buddhist temples to offer prayers for their ancestors,(not unlike our prayers for faithful departed) but also light incense at the Shinto shrines to offer prayers for prosperity and abundant crops in the coming year. There are street festivals, the giving of coins to children, and even a bird-scaring ritual. But the part of the New Year’s celebration I remember the most was the preparing and sharing of Mochi, rice cakes made by pounding sticky rice with a wooden mallet, adding water to form sticky, white, somewhat tasteless dumplings. These rice cakes were then taken to relatives, neighbors, co-workers – not only as well-wishes for the coming year, but to reconcile any differences, grievances, mis-understandings or hurts one might have with the other person. In some ways it might be thought of as a national symbol of “redemption” to usher in the New Year, not unlike the Christian feast we celebrate today. 

My childhood experiences of giving mocha on New Years has led me to consider bringing in the New Year, not with resolutions centered on ourselves and changes in life style -inevitably to be broken - but with redemption – the redeeming of relationships with each other by forgiveness and reconciliation. Just as Jesus’ birth and brit milah signaled the beginning of the redemption of the world to God, so let us usher in this new reconciling our relationships with each other. Just as Jesus promised forgiveness to each of us, he also commanded us to forgive each other in return. And bringing peace to the world, begins with restoring peace in our hearts and in our families. Akemashite – omedeto gozaimasu. Blessings and peace to each of you in the coming year! Read More »
On September 6, 2015
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Hear this 12 minute sermon by The Reverend David P. Jones, Interim Rector at St. Gregory's.

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